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More screenshots of STAGED!

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The lashes and smile get me every time. And the soft, intimate tone of voice he is using here . . .

darrylsmoulder1Early Armitage smoulder.  Darryl wants to rehearse the love scene from earlier. And he won’t take “no” for an answer.

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I confess I have written more than one fan fiction scene with an RA character ardently kissing his romantic interest’s thighs . . .  *wibble*

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Love Darryl’s rolled-up sleeves on his shirt, exposing his bare forearms, the open collar with the t-shirt beneath, its neck low enough we can see those chest hairs . . . not sure about the pleated slacks. Well, it was the 90s. And the character he’s playing is a good decade or more older than RA was at the time.  Then again, it’s Richard Armitage. And we know he channels sexy even in a burlap sack, right??

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“Playing to people’s fantasies of who THEY think you are . . .” STAGED. My first impressions

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Yes, my DVD arrived. Mr. Dennison has kindly give us several repeats of his short black & white film on this DVD so we don’t have to keep rewinding. I have now seen it at least five times and here it comes again.

Here is young Richard–pre-“Sparkhouse,” pre-“Cold Feet” and “North & South,” all the way back to the late 90s, the promise of his current gob-smacking beauty in that face, this big, rangy man who nonetheless moves with such agility.

And he’s good. The promise of the talent that will shine in future roles is there, too. Within the 15 minutes, we see anger, humiliation,  humor, wistfulness, predatory lust, tenderness . . . much of the emotion expressed in his face and body language.

RA plays an actor, Darryl Newman, who was on top before suffering the humiliation of his wife Lisa’s affair and films that bomb at the box office.  Now, battling confidence and trust issues, he’s trying to make a comeback with a stage performance alongside Lisa in London.  But it’s a bumpy ride.  (Please forgive the quality of these screencaps. They are literally photos I took of the TV screen with my trusty Olympus.)

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Darryl  recalls when the work stopped being fun as he found himself caught up in “playing to people’s fantasies of who THEY think you are . . .”  That line struck me because I thought of how RA has often said it’s the characters women are attracted to, not old boring Richard himself. And I wonder if doubts have plagued him from time to time–does this woman like me for me, or is it Thornton, or Guy, or Porter, et al she really wants?

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Darryl and Lisa about to engage in some anger sex. The poor actress has to wrestle with a half-naked Richard on top of her on the sofa. Tough job, but I suppose someone has to do it.

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Now for technical issues. Having some problems with sound. I have to run my air conditioner and even with the volume cranked up to full blast on my flat screen, still having trouble hearing some of the dialogue. I can’t seem to play it on the PC using Window Media and I never got around to installing VLC on this laptop (add to list of things to do) so I am a little frustrated in that department. After all, who wants to miss out on Mr. A’s gorgeous honeyed baritone?  Also helps if you can hear all the dialogue. 😉

I do like the black and white photography, as I have always been a fan of films and still photos in B&W. Depending on the lighting (and the scene), Richard’s features sometimes look a bit hard and “mean” and in other instances, boyish and sweet. But then, we are accustomed to that with our chameleon, aren’t we?

That being said–on a more shallow note–I am enjoying seeing shirtless RA with his broad shoulders and tempting chest. The smattering of chest hair–and suggestion of hair—down below? *gulp* Those strong arms in action. The familiar moles on his back.  I love those moles. *sigh*

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And the eyelashes, Oh my. Those lashes . . .

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Will be interested to hear what other people think.

Interested in purchasing your own copy of ‘Staged?’

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Darren Denison, the director of the 1999 short film featuring a young Richard Armitage co-starring with Jennifer Taylor Lawrence, has posted Tweets asking those interested in reserving their own copy of the 15-minute film to contact him via e-mail at staged@denisonentertainment.com  He requests you include your country and language in the email. Apparently he is considering subtitles in some languages. No indication yet of costs, but he did say prices will vary according to currency.

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Click on the related articles below to see the black and white teaser trailer for “Staged” and to read an interview with director Denison.

If you want to see all of “Staged” . . .

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Then improve the odds by visiting director Darren Denison’s Facebook page and “like” it. The more interest shown, the greater the likelihood we will get to see all 15 minutes and not just that wonderful teaser of a trailer!

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Thanks to Ali at RANet for the heads up!

Here are a couple of color screencaps from Staged Denison shared on his Facebook page; I have done a bit of embellishing.  That last one puts some serious thoughts into my head.

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More on early emoting Armitage: RANet’s interview & fanart

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In case you haven’t read this yet, here is the interview Richard Armitage Net did with Darren Denison, director of the short film “Staged” starring a young Richard Armitage in the early stages of his acting career. Thanks, ladies and Mr. Denison, for bringing us more information into this fascinating glimpse into our favorite actor’s early acting career!

 

I also played around with some of the screencaps of young Armitage from the trailer.

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‘Staged’ Synopsis

A couple is at war with one another during dress rehearsal while attempting to make a come back to the stage, starring Richard Armitage and Jennifer Taylor Lawrence.

Watch the trailer here on Vimeo.

The short trailer shows Richard and Jennifer Taylor Lawrence at the Hackney Empire Theatre in London, recorded in 1999.

 

Darren Denison has kindly answered some questions regarding his short film, Staged, after he posted a trailer on Vimeo on Tuesday 8th January 2013.

Thank you for posting the trailer this morning, can you tell us more about the production please?

Thank you for your interest in “STAGED” and for wanting to share it on your website. I’m glad you liked the trailer! I was taken aback by all the attention the trailer is getting this morning as it was something done long ago. I just thought my twitter followers would be interested in seeing it and of my experience with Richard and Jennifer. A few of my Twitter followers and Facebook friends requested I share the trailer due to their great interest in Richard and his amazing role in THE HOBBIT. He surely deserves all the success that is granted to him as he was wonderful to work with!

On auditioning Richard for the role of ‘Daryl’: Richard’s strikingly handsome headshot stood out to me from the 500 submissions sent and I was impressed with what he had done, having been in a few movies and TV programs by then as well as performing in the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was already represented by among the top agents in London. So we met up at my flat in London for an audition/interview. Richard gave a flawless audition with the character of “Daryl Newman”! But what stood out most to me was his personable charm, humility and charisma, which I found endearing and captivating. I cast him on the spot and looked no further! Then the lovely Jennifer Taylor Lawrence (remininscent of a young Lauren Becall) came to the audition and I had her read with him and there was instant chemistry between them professionally and on camera. It’s always wonderful to see when two actors meet and have that instant connection and on screen chemistry. With Jennifer’s infamous voice, her vulnerability as well as her strength as an actress I felt she was Richard’s match and indeed she was!

Where was the film shown? It was only shown at a couple of private screenings and was never internationally because I had just graduated from University, moved back to California from London and immediately started working for Casting Director Victoria (Burrows – LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, KING KONG) and then soon afterwards, 20th Century Fox in their Film/TV Distribution division. STAGED was not shown widely due to my very hectic schedule at the time. It’s a shame as we were all very proud of the piece. Just recently my associate has been updating IMDB with my projects including STAGED, and Richard’s name nor the rest of the crew and cast haven’t been added yet, except for Jennifer Taylor Lawrence and myself.

 

 

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Want some early Armitage emoting?

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Thank you, Nadia, for the heads up on this black & white film trailer at Vimeo featuring a young Richard Armitage and an actress named Jennifer Taylor Lawrence.

“Staged” was filmed in London at the Hackney Empire Theatre in 1999. The trailer was uploaded by Darren Denison, who directed the film. Denison said Richard and his co-star, who were chosen out of hundreds of applications by actors and talent agencies, were “amazing to work with.” Take a gander.    Would love to hear your thoughts!

(If you have RealPlayer, you can also download the trailer to your own computer.)

The link to the trailer is here:
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I suspect as RA’s star continues to rise, we will see more of this sort of thing, of photos, trailers, et al. from his earlier career appearing online. Personally, I am waiting for the Cleopatra DVD to get a new cover, touting RA as one of its “stars.”  🙂
This is Richard with his co-star in the stage production "Use Me as Your Cardigan." He does a bit of smouldering in this trailer, too.

This is Richard with his co-star in another role, in the stage production “Use Me as Your Cardigan.” He does a bit of smouldering in this trailer for “Staged,” too.