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ARRRRR! Just some Sunday afternoon silliness. Good for ails ye!

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I did a few photo edits of Face in Hole graphics of Richard as a pirate a while back and posted some of them on Twitter and FB. I ended up playing around with some more while trying to take my mind off the pain, itching and ugly blisters all over my body.
So as I fight something called Erysipelas and mourn the passing of one of our kittens, I still take comfort in imagining a lot of Tall, Dark and Toothsome with a cutlass and gold earring or two . . . Arrrrrrrrr! Arrrrmitage is good for what ails ye, wenches!

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PRECIOUS PEARL
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LOOK INTO EYES

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Congrats, Mr A. Looks like you had a fun night. And richly deserved.

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I hope your Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Fantasy film–your truly epic performance as Thorin in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies –is just the first in many more accolades won for your acting prowess. You looked as if you were having a good time hanging out with the Hannibal peeps. And that cool trophy echoes the selfie you recently posted. A premonition of things to come? ūüėČ11061955_809071129210855_8692823586910927282_nAnd what do you know? The flower crown teased on Twitter appeared on that handsome head after your win. CIZ5iNiUwAAgR2Q

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And somehow it all made me think of an image like this (with apologies to Caravaggio):

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I hope you enjoyed good drink, good food and good friends on your big night. You deserve it.

P.S. Loving the slightly longer hair (any way I could talk you into growing out those nape curls? Pretty please?) and that neatly trimmed beard. And those faithful old boots.¬† ūüėČ Those boots make certain fans VERY happy.

What’s wrong with these pictures? Or, seeing is not always believing.

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It’s me–but it’s not me. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of¬†possessing big brown eyes with¬†sooty lashes and dark¬†brows, masses of curly black¬†hair and a complexion to match. I also wanted to be tall with long willowy legs . . .¬† instead, I ended up slightly above average in height, with short stumpy legs. And I was still just as¬†“fish belly-white”¬†pale and blue-eyed¬†and fair-haired and fair-lashed¬†as ever. Plain ol’ vanilla me.

Clearly, I have tampered with the photo above, giving myself a virtual spray tan, changing the color of my eyes, darkening my brows and my hair and then softening up the whole image to be kinder to my 53-year-old self.

Here’s the original un-retouched image.

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You can’t always believe what you see.

Which brings me to this image. Someone ran across it today and posted it at FB, admitting she was confused because how could two actors who were clearly on separate continents for the recent DoS fan event be photographed side by side?

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The answer is, of course. Photoshop. Take note that Richard isn’t casting any shadow in this pic, which means he is either (A) actually a vampire or (B) isn’t actually in this photo with Lee in the first place.¬† The answer is, of course, B—that image of RA¬†comes from the photos taken in NY with Orlando and Anderson Cooper.¬† This isn’t the exact one, but you get my drift.

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I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but I really am getting tired of this sort of thing. I am all for having a rich fantasy life and “viva” a vivid imagination, I always say.¬† Where would life be without such?

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But it is important to recognize there is a difference between fantasy and reality, between wanting to¬†look like¬†an exotic gypsy-ish creature and actually¬†being the vanilla¬†girl next door. A difference between thinking “Gee, wouldn’t those two gorgeous¬†guys make a hot-looking gay couple?” and enjoying¬†some slashy¬†fanfic along the way,¬†and deciding this relationship MUST¬†be so, it IS so, and by golly, you will MAKE it so. Come hell or high water!!

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If it means inferring all sorts of things from the mere mention of these two men attending the same event (never mind that several other actors did the same) and plastering your inferences all over the Internet or Photoshopping pictures for possibly not-so-innocent purposes, there are some fans out there who are doing it.

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Look, I personally don’t think an individual’s sexuality is our business unless we are in a relationship with them ourselves. Period.¬†Whether or not Lee or Richard or anybody else is gay, straight, bisexual, asexual or omnisexual is not the point here.

It’s this straining and reaching desperately to make your fantasies into fact-based reality that I find truly¬†objectionable. Apparently some fans tried to do the same thing with Orlando and Viggo in the LOTR films. Some things just never change, it seems. *sigh*

Just because you see it, doesn’t mean you should believe it. Don’t automatically accept things at face value.

Just because you want and wish it to be, doesn’t make it so.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t accept something as the gospel truth because it’s on the Internet!

Oh, yeah, and I’ve decided to embrace my Inner Pale Vanilla Goddess. ūüėČ Trying to keep the white roots at bay would be a b**ch these days . . .