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Fedoralady on ‘Manhunter,’ ‘Hannibal’ and Armitage’s flawed heroes (who haven’t actually eaten anyone)

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Richard and I have “been together” for just under eight years now. I discovered him as that absolutely delicious baddie (who turned into a goodie but still had to die for his past sins) Sir Guy on BBC America.

Initially I found Sir Guy to be a smarmy bastard, albeit a good-looking one. I did not fall for him right away as many viewers did when watching RA as John Thornton three years earlier in “North and South.” It was more of a slow burn . . .

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I noticed something curious happening—the villainous master-of-arms actually had a heart, damaged and flawed though it might be, with glimmers of humanity in all its vulnerability peeking through that arrogant, brutish facade.

By the end of the first series, I was solidly Team Leather, and angry with Marian for leaving him at the altar. I grew increasingly tired of her machinations in the second series. Marian was a tease, and it was a dangerous game she played with this passionate man who went out of his way more than once to protect her from Vasey.

When she taunted him so cruelly in the desert, I decided she had lost her mind. Poor, devastated Sir Guy acted in desperation and disbelief to her words, and went on to clearly mourn her far more than her husband of five minutes ever seemed to do.

By the end of the third and final series, I cried like a baby. I mourned the death of Sir Guy more than I did  some of the actual flesh-and-blood relatives in my extended family. I was, and am, and shall ever remain a Sir Guy of Gisborne apologist.

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Richard Armitage doesn’t have to play “good” characters for me to relate to them, care about them, root for and mourn for them. I love his flawed heroes like John Porter, Lucas North (I don’t believe in Bateman) and Thorin. These characters are all complicated and damaged creatures with their own particular emotional baggage: professional disgrace and estrangement from family, prison, loss of home and fortune, each of them struggling in his own way to reclaim his former life and redeem himself (John Proctor I will discuss in a future post. He deserves one all his own).

Richard has himself said in the past his fans won’t like all the roles he chooses, and at the time I thought primarily of Thorin. Let’s face it, more than a few people, fans and non-fans alike, raised eyebrows over the idea of our tall, handsome heartthrob of a fellow as a 250-odd-year-old hirsute dwarf who could have played Disney’s “Grumpy” as far as his personality was sketched out in Tolkien’s original novel. This character certainly wasn’t the romantic period hero or the charming rom-com leading man some fans were hoping to see him play.

Today, Thorin is the favorite RA character of many newer fans, their gateway to discover other Armitage projects, and they can’t imagine anyone else performing in that role (neither can I). It turns out vertically-challenged hairy dudes can become major heartthrobs, too–at least when played by Richard Armitage.

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Richard managed to not only look majestic and handsome beneath the dwarf suit, wig and prosthetics, he also fleshed out that role and brought those subtle layers to Thorin. We felt our hearts constrict when the paranoia and gold lust overcame the warrior king, we cried when he saw him fall “one last time.” Another death, another redeemed character.

But how do I deal with Francis Dolarhyde, a cannibalistic serial killer? Here is a character who does not kill people as part of his employment as a medieval henchman in a difficult time when life was “nasty, short and brutish.” Nor is this character a member of the military or the secret service who sometimes must take a life to save many others.

He’s not a warrior prince fighting to take back the kingdom lost to a fierce dragon years before in order to reclaim a throne and restore his people to their rightful place.

Dolarhyde is a monster who kills innocent people and eats portions of them . . . and let me be perfectly honest. It makes me more than a little uneasy to think I might possibly fall for a monster, even one that’s a fictional character. I guess I wonder if I do get infatuated with Dolarhyde, just what might that say about me? Yes, I know the character had an awful childhood. So do a lot of other people who don’t turn out like this.

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I have read the book “Red Dragon” and while I didn’t see the film of the same name, I have viewed the 1986 Michael Mann film “Manhunter” starring William Petersen of CSI fame as the Will Graham character. It’s actually a very well-made film with solid performances, including that of Tom Noonan in the Dolarhyde role. I felt a certain pity for Dolarhyde in this film, but he also scared the daylights out of me.

thHB7J4B83It’s been a number of years since I last saw it, and I would like to see it again.  ( Images found on Bing. Noonan as Dolarhyde and Petersen as Graham).

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I am currently watching the new season of “Hannibal” and find I have no desire to re-watch the two eps I have seen so far. I have read raves about this series from critics and some of its fans, but somehow, I am not “getting it,” not yet. I suppose it would help if I had seen the first two seasons, but I have no desire to do that, either.

Does it have great production values? Yes. Does it have a talented cast? Yes. Do I thus far find it excessively bloody, at times pretentious and on the boring side? Yes, yes and yes. Apparently the ratings are down, making me suspect many of RA’s legion of fans are opting out of watching it until RA appears in the last six eps, and some, not even then. Cannibalistic serial killer seems to be that deal-breaker role for some of us.

I certainly haven’t shied away from scary, spooky, even gory films and TV series in the past. I am not averse to dark, morbid humor. I loved “Dexter,” and its protagonist was a Miami crime scene blood specialist who, oh yeah, was also a serial killer, BUT he only killed other serial killers and similarly rotten individuals. He had a code taught to him by his adoptive father, a cop who recognized the tendencies within his son and taught him how to channel his “dark passenger.” Michael C. Hall did a marvelous job of making Dexter somehow likeable and relatable even as we glimpsed the monster within.

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(Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan. Bing IMages)

So I am truly curious to see what Mr. Armitage will bring to the table (other than body parts) in this role. We know from the stills already released that he is in fine physical form for the role and if nothing else, we can enjoy that, I suppose. But I have always found more to appreciate in his performances than merely those bodacious biceps and broad shoulders. Those attributes are the yummy icing on the cake of the chaRActers for me.

Thus far, “Hannibal” just isn’t doing it for me. I want to tell Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to get away from that crazy nutcase, the same for Gillian Anderson (who plays Hannibal’s wife).

Mads Mikkelsen is a very prominent and respected actor in his native Denmark, and considered quite sexy by many, but honestly, he was creeping me out before I saw him in this role. Granted, I’ve only seen him as a Bond baddie, a BBC Sherlock Holmes baddie and as Igor Stravinski in a film about his affair with Coco Chanel that I found beautiful to look at but ultimately empty—style over substance. The sex scenes seemed clinical and cold. He doesn’t capture my imagination the same way RA does. Maybe if he did, I wouldn’t find “Hannibal” such a disappointment  . . .

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This role is not helping the gut “ick” reaction I have to Mr. Mikkelsen to subside. Then again, he is also playing a cannibalistic serial killer, so should I not be icked out? I just have very, very, very mixed feelings about all of this.  I don’t like what I call “torture porn” such as one sees in films like the “Saw” franchise and this show is feeling like that for me, albeit with an elegant and refined façade tacked over it.

Oh, Richard. I understand and applaud your desire to take on a variety of roles rather than falling into the rut of playing the same character again and again. To challenge yourself, to stretch yourself as an actor. To take us on new journeys of discovery with your characters.

And I am sure you will do a brilliant job of bringing Francis Dolarhyde to the small screen, just as you have in so many other roles.  I have complete faith in your acting abilities and good sense.

I just wish that you had stretched in a different direction this time around.

Then again, what do I know? This controversial character may become a new fan favorite–and bring you a whole new crop of fans. We shall see . . .

Fun Facts & Quotes from The Hobbit ‘Chronicles’

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It’s been a few days since I shared anything from the latest in the series of ‘Chronicles’ books from Weta Workshop. Thought these tidbits about various aspects of the production might make a fun read for Sunday, along with a few more images in glorious HD (thanks to Heirs of Durin) from the film.

And don’t forget if you do have a Twitter account you can vote for Bilbo as “Best Hero” at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards through tonight when the broadcast takes place.http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/2013/best-hero/  As I write this on Saturday near midnight Bilbo is still in the lead by several thousand, but that could always change . . .

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The Eyes Have It

 Jeffrey Thomas, who plays King Under the Mountain Thror, actually wore colored contact lenses to increase his resemblance to the actors playing his son and grandson, Mike Mizrahi and Richard Armitage, respectively.  All three men have blue eyes, but unlike his light-eyed co-stars, Thomas’s are a very dark blue that resembled black when photographed.  A pale blue contact lens color not only tied him to his son and grandson but also served to “age him as well as give him a hint of the crazy eye, which fits considering his obsession with the gold.” (Tami Lane, prosthetics supervisor)

Cate Blanchett also wore contact lenses for the role of Galadriel. Rather than completely recolor them, these lenses were designed to lighten and enhance Cate’s own pale blue eyes, “making them feel even more remarkable and beautiful, but still based on her natural coloring,” said hair and makeup designer Peter King.

Peter Hambleton, who played the dwarf Gloin, the father of Gimli of LOTR, also wore lenses to change his eye color. “I have blue eyes and we wanted to make a connection with Gimli, whose eyes are brown,” said Hambleton. The actor didn’t require the dark lenses for distant shots, just more close-up ones, and a licensed optician on set would pop them in and out for him (remember, he was wearing those clumsy prosthetic hands). “I hope the brown eyes sing out,” Hambleton said.

Thoughts on Fili and Kili (Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner)

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“With no sons of his own, Fili and Kili are his family. Thorin is tough on Fili and overly protective of Kili. He sees their hope and their ambition, their youth. It’s a great driving force for him, to seek out something to bequeath for their future.”    Richard Armitage~Thorin

“Dwarves are a proud and noble people who were at  one time very wealthy. They carry jewelry and ornate plaiting in their beards to show their pride and a way of holding on to their lineage. . . they begin looking very ornate and proud, but their journey humbles and batters them . . . but it isn’t the same for each of them.

‘Fili and Kili don’t have the big, ornate, blinged-out beards of their fathers. They have a different attitude and aren’t as burdened down by the loss that gnaws at Thorin and Gloin and the other Dwarves who are obsessed with the gold. They haven’t decorated themselves as heavily, like kids who can’t see the reason for wearing shoes in a restaurant. They’re not holding onto an old grudge. They’re freer spirits.” Peter King~Hair and Makeup Designer

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“Beards are already in at the moment, but I have to wonder after these films come out whether there might not be a sudden rise in braiding and beard decoration?”  Dean O’Gorman~Fili

“On one level, we’re funny little guys, and on another, we’ve won wars and are actually pretty dangerous  . . . don’t laugh at the Dwarves because they will mess you up.”  DoG

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“It’s tough being a dwarf in Middle-earth. It’s exhausting  . . . they get chased around and for all the times they get caught, they really aren’t wanted anywhere.” ~Aidan Turner-Kili

My kingdom for a remote!

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We have a plethora of remote control devices in this house. Remotes for various appliances, electronics, a ceiling fan. Enough remote controls for every human and animal member of the household with extras to spare.

I have a remote control for this DVD player. I have one–but I don’t know where in the %$#@# it is. Right now I have the satellite remote, and the regionless DVD player (not hooked up at moment) and the one that switches the air conditioner on and off, which I mistook for the DVD remote. I just don’t have the one I actually need.

I am trying to watch my DVD of The Hobbit (saving the Blu-ray for when I can wrest the PSP from spouse to hook up to the bigger flat screen with the Surround Sound). And I am slightly frustrated.

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Ever tried to watch a film on disc without the remote control? It’s like being back in the archaic days of my childhood. There’s no rewinding, fast forwarding or pausing (except by pushing the “pause” button on the player itself). No scene selection. Thus, when you accidentally push the “Open/Close” button instead of “Pause/Play” on the player, intending to go act as Dishwasher Fairy, you find yourself back at the beginning of the film again instead of the campfire scene with Balin speaking to the Company. *sigh*

Well, Dishwasher Fairy has come and gone, that appliance chugging away now, and I’ve started over again watching the film.  Spouse is singularly unsympathetic to my plight.

“What did you do with the remote control?”

Snort. If I knew that, I’d have it in my hand, wouldn’t I?

Enough of my troubles. I’ve got the DVDs in my hands, which is more than many people do. And I will find the remote at some point. Actually, my husband will likely stroll in and lay his hands right on it.

Richard looks and sounds a right treat, I must say, his soulful eyes expressing a myriad of emotions, those deep, roughened velvet tones rumbling through the Surround Sound beautifully. *sigh* And that smile when he’s still in the burlap sack. My gosh, but he’s gorgeous!

And now–how about a pair of hot hairy dudes to make you smile?  😀

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Surprises, a super series and smiling dwarfs

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It’s just shy of midnight here and I really should be asleep. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in several days. But here I am, still awake, my mind buzzing even as my eyelids grow heavy. I have things I am excited about.

Remember my previous reference to a possible collaboration between fedoralady and gisbornesboy? Well, we’ve both gotten some other things out of the way and we are discussing our project again.  I think we are both pretty chuffed about the prospect.  And don’t forget about the week of one-of-a-kind goodies featuring Gisby’s wonderful artwork over at Agzy’s blog in anticipation of Armitage Day!

Tonight, I completed  my own birthday surprise for Armitage Day. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did creating it once it is unveiled. As I told Seb, nothing fancy but definitely fun.  And who knows? Maybe the Sloth Fiction boys will weigh in on the occasion, too, before the big day arrives . . .

As recommended by a blog reader, I have started watching the BBC 18th century period drama Garrow’s Law. I watched the first two series last night and today (four eps of each) and was tempted to watch the third series tonight but didn’t want to stay up until 2 p.m. (I swear, I swear I am going to turn out these lights before then).

 

This is an excellent series–intelligent and involving scripts based in part on archives from the Old Bailey; compelling performances, attention to detail in costumes and sets. As a friend said, it’s a great mixture of fact and fiction. More on this show later. Something that tickled me was the prominence of a rather unscrupulous thief-taker–an individual paid to find and return stolen articles to their rightful owners–in two of the episodes. There’s a roguish thief-taker in my novel, too.   I have also watched several films–ranging from bittersweet comedy-dramas to one so dark and  harrowing I shall never forget it–and will discuss them later.

 

Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marshal and Alun Armstrong, stars of Garrow’s Law.
photo courtesy of enchantedserenityperiodfilms@blogspot.com

 

Tomorrow–well, tomorrow I have a special luncheon date. That’s all I can say for now, other than that I am really, truly looking forward to it.  So I will be away from the computer for a while tomorrow, as I also have some much-needed shopping for necessities to do.

 

This morning, I ran across a Comic-Con wrap on Reelz and my patience in watching it was rewarded when at the end, I caught the snippet of an interview with RA. One of the most memorable moments in the shooting schedule, he said, was the “gloriously sunny day” the dwarfs spent in those barrels. “There wasn’t a dwarf who didn’t have a smile on his face.” And that made me smile.

At least one of those smiling dwarfs was tossing fish that day.  Cheeky devil!

 

 

 

Sir Peter’s latest vlog: my thoughts (part two)

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Well, feeling better than I was earlier today, thank goodness. And I am thinking about Richard Armitage once more. I know. What a surprise.

 

I rewatched that last production vlog again earlier in anticipation of writing this second blog entry on it. Once again, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the entire thing. What an exciting journey it has been thus far! And how fortunate I feel to have the opportunity to be part of it thanks to Sir Peter’s efforts to share it with us.

 

The focus of this entry is to be Mr. A, but first I have to reiterate how much I admire and appreciate the infectious spirit of camaraderie and team work seen in the cast and crew of The Hobbit. I can only believe that is a positive work environment for all involved.

 

Something that particularly struck me on this viewing was Sir Peter’s expression of nerves on his way to Comic-Con. Of course, a tremendous amount rides on the reception of these films, yet the fact this celebrated genius of the cinema was so concerned about a positive outcome at an event which is largely fan-based touched me. The fans, as he said, are his kind of people, and he wants them to be pleased with what he’s doing.

Oh, and I must give a shout-out this time around to the charming T-shirts I actually noticed on first viewing (yes, I actually did catch things other than a certain hot dwarf and his Creator) for those working with second unit director, the multi-talented Andy Serkis: “Andy’s Flying Serkis.” Gotta love those!!

Now, on to RA.

He looks fantastic, doesn’t he?  

A happy and healthy-looking Richard Armitage. I do find those flecks of grey in his beard quite endearing.

 

 

Of course, we all saw him looking quite relaxed and fit and truly gorgeous at Comic-Con. But this vlog gave us an opportunity to see more of him along the way—the sort of moments we saw so few of in earlier production vlogs.  There were amusing moments, breathtaking moments (he really is absolutely beautiful as Thorin), moments of quiet reflection and boisterous tomfoolery.

Some of my favorite RA moments:

Richard playing “footsy” with the other dwarfs in those great cumbersome boots.  I love him in jeans, of course, but we don’t see nearly enough of him in shorts IMHO.  Legs like those deserve to be showcased. And once more that dancer’s stance shines through.

 Poetic Armitage. Like everyone else, his evocative comments about those early arrivals at Stone Street with the stars still shining in the sky struck a particular chord with me.  The man may have the profile of a king and the body of an Adonis, but he’s got the heart of a poet.

 

His ability to focus. The sense that he is “all there” and never slumming always strikes me. I love seeing these behind-the-scenes glimpses of Richard at work. Those azure eyes and elfin ears (rather more elfin than usual, even if he’s playing a dwarf) take it all in, don’t they?

Ah, that intent, focused gaze.

Younger Thorin? I do believe—judging by the attire and also the lack of grey hair here—this must be younger Thorin in battle. I see a hint of Sir Guy in his expression. I don’t know if it makes Sir Guy happy—I still avoid mentioning a certain warrior dwarf in his presence—but it makes me happy. And all the more eager to see younger and older Thorin on the big screen.

Leaping Armitage. It’s a “blink and you miss it” moment, but when in that one scene in which Martin is cutting up with the dwarfs you can just glimpse a tall, dark-haired fellow jumping in the air on the left side of the screen. I could only recall his Cats days—and smile.

Cheeky Armitage. He’s grown into a beautiful mature man but it’s fun to see the boyish, cheeky, flirty side of him peeping out at us. Sticking out his tongue at Graham MacTavish. Tossing that fish at Adam Brown.  Like others, I had worried somewhat that he might be so caught up in the angsty gravitas of Thorin he never really let his hair down.

Moments like these make me think he also knew how to kick back and be a cheeky monkey along the way.

I recall what the stuntmen on Strike Back said: “He’s one of us.” I suspect that is exactly how the crew felt about RA—the hard-working, good-natured, gentlemanly, down-to-earth fellow we all know and love- after working with him for a year and a half. And I do believe he has so many wonderful memories he will treasure for the rest of his life from his NZ odyssey.

And now with these continued speculations that a third film is not, in fact, out of consideration . . . so he may be spending more time Down Under.  Who knows? I just know I am now eagerly awaiting a post-production vlog from our friend Sir Peter . . .

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And, of course, news of sightings of Mr. A in the Midwest re the “tornado movie.”  I think these next few months are going to be very exciting for us all. 

 

 

Planning to go there and back again: Comic-Con conundrums

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We’ve had our walk–no snakes!– and I have taken my Super Secret Vitamin.  Twenty-one days from now, I will be boarding a plane at Dannelly Field to begin my somewhat unexpected journey to  lovely San Diego and to Comic-Con International.  I’ll leave my country and my little home town of some 8,000 souls behind to visit a city of more than one million, to attend an event that will draw more than 165, ooo people.  That’s a good chunk of the population of our state’s capital city.

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English: This is a photograph of the terminal of the Montgomery Regional Airport in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

If all goes well, I will get settled into my room at the Otay Valley Best Western that afternoon and then grab a taxi or trolley over to the convention center before 8:30 p.m.  to pick up my badge.(My badge! I’ll be official!)

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Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007 (Photo credit: statelyenglishmanor)

I don’t want to have to wait in line the next morning for it. I’ll have places to go, people to see, things to do! And a case of jet lag, no doubt. I will start out at Central Daylight Time when I leave Montgomery, go to Eastern Time and gain an hour in Atlanta, and then lose three hours by the time I arrive in SD. Hmmmm–perhaps a nap will be in order? Or will I simply be too darned excited?

Will I need a nap like Lucas when I make it to SD? Or will I be too hyped to even consider such a thing?

The closest thing I can relate to this event in terms of an experience is the ten days we spent in Europe back in 1999. My husband was amazed I did as well as I did, up early every morning and on the go until bedtime. I was so exhausted I took my Ambien and passed out.

I was determined to drink in every moment and not miss a thing. After all, I might never visit London or France again. I wanted to make the most of it!  However, that was 13 years and way more than 13 pounds and several conditions ago. And I had the help of Benny in keeping up with the kids in our group. The convention center is a sprawling place. Lots of walking, standing, and sitting are ahead for me.

And so I keep  giving myself pep talks and rehearsing in my mind all the steps involved in getting “there and back again.” And taking walks and trying to work out carrying all the essentials with me–no checked baggage to worry about losing or having to pay a fee for. Hoping to travel light and experience traveling mercies along the way.

Will my travels be as pleasant as Margaret and John’s trip together? I will miss having my best bud with me, that’s for sure.

I’m excited to know I’ll have the chance to be a reporter again, something I did for a decade and was pretty good at. At least the people who judged the Alabama Press Association awards each year thought so. Who knows? Perhaps this could be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, just as John and Margaret’s fateful meeting at the train station marked a new beginning for them.  Life can indeed take us on unexpected journeys, as Bilbo Baggins and Thorin and his company discover.  You never know what’s around the corner . . .

I won’t have a shaggy pony or a big sword, but I will be armed with camera, recorder, camcorder, pen and paper when I arrive at Comic-Con.

And now I have something very important to decide. What in the heck am I gonna wear??  Lightweight, comfortable, easy to move in and still “casual professional” is what I’m thinking. With pockets.  Boring compared to the costumes I’ve seen from past Comic-Cons. Hey, I am going to see and not be seen, right? And there will be SUCH A LOT to see.  Like this . . .

Darth Marino of the Miami Dark-phins. Nothing like a costume that combines an American football hero with the infamous Star Wars villain. (neatorama.com)

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San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego and I will be there!

Thank you to all who have helped make this trip possible. Richard and I appreciate it.

Note to Thorin: I miss you. About your voice . . .

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Richard Armitage at the 2010 Television BAFTAs.

Richard Armitage at the 2010 Television BAFTAs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Thorin,

I miss you. Seriously, I haven’t even formally met you–well, I guess the movie trailer was our introduction, wasn’t it?–and I miss you. But then, I miss your Creator, and we’ve never been introduced. He doesn’t know me from Adam, and likely never will, and yet Richard Armitage is a part of my daily life.

The thought of getting to see you on the big screen–and in 3-D, yet!–seeing those keen blue eyes with their penetrating gaze, that magnificent profile and those long locks with their very flattering streaks of silver and those enchanting little braids. Your wonderful, regal posture in the saddle and your fierceness in battle. The anticipation of it all makes me tingle.  And hearing that voice–that mellifluous instrument that is part and parcel of your arsenal of acting skills.

It honestly seems like an absolute travesty to dub your Creator’s voice. In fact, I have never cared for dubbing. I loved Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in its original Chinese and when I watched a dubbed version on television, it just wasn’t the same.

Your Creat0r has a very distinctive voice with a resonance and timbre not so easily imitated. I feel as if it is cheating worldwide audiences of the full effect of Mr. Armitage’s performance to dub someone else’s voice over his–over yours, the true voice of Thorin. After all, the Creator and his ChaRActer are part of one another.  And to separate that Voice from the ChaRActer seems like a sort of–sacrilege. Certainly a travesty.

I wish that everyone across the world could hear Thorin speak in the proper voice–the Creator’s voice, YOUR voice. I know that is not going to happen. Still, I can dream. Although the Creator is amazing at telegraphing so much without speaking a word, I believe viewers will only be able to appreciate the true magnificence of Thorin with image and voice intact.  Anyway, that’s how I feel.  Let’s hope everyone can obtain the DVDs of the films in the original with subtitles in their own language. People need to read more, anyway.

We hope to see you again very, very soon. You might want to hint a bit to our favorite director . . .

Your ardent admirer,

fedoralady

Infatuation Wednesday: Celebrating “The Armitage Effect”

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Infatuated with Harry's floppy hair, cozy jumpers and the way he's looking at the vicar . . . *sigh*

Infatuated with the beauty of Early Morning Lucas--mussed hair, sexy stubble, sleepy blue eyes.

Infatuated with the way Porter rocks the scarf.

Infatuated with Thorin's amazing mane of hair. And those braids.

Infatuated with the way Sir Guy fills out his leather so--admirably.

This is a vid exclusive to Vimeo that I made a few months ago, using Rod Stewart‘s Infatuation which seems to be a common feeling amongst RA’s fans.

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Another new video: The Way That I Want to Touch You . . .

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I’ve been raiding my mental closet again, and found yet another song from my younger days. This song’s lyrics made me think of Richard and the wonderful array of characters he has given us. Characters who bring darkness and light, sunshine and shadow–who are very touchable, or so I imagine.  And I love Toni’s voice.

Never fear, Guyday Friday will continue. I have my final F3 post going up tonight. Let’s just say it has ties to Guy. 😉 And you might get some pretty pictures in-between.

Musical Armitage daydreams

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Richard is not unlike the Pied Piper. He can play his tune and I would follow him anywhere . . .

A photo manip--the closest thing we have so far to seeing Richard play the cello.

The Singing Dwart King. Thorin leads his fellow dwarfs in the Misty Mountain song.

Richard appears to be playing air guitar as he rocks out as "My Celebrity Boyfriend's" Liza Frank sings.

We know that our Richard is something of a Renaissance man. Not only can he act and dance, he can also sing a treat and play at least a couple of instruments (the cello and the flute). Because music means so much to me, I find myself daydreaming about Musical Armitage from time to time . . . wondering what songs he listens to on his iPod when he runs, speculating about the songs he sings in the shower (he just seems like the kind of guy who would sing in the shower),pondering what his favorite compositions to play on his cello and his flute would be.

One of my personal fantasties involves bundling up on a winter’s evening and crunching through powdery snow to go Christmas caroling with Mr. A. I haven’t been caroling in quite a while and I dearly love to do so. The likelihood of snow here at Christmas is pretty much nil, so this is definitely a dream. But I think it would be so much fun!

Another daydream is, as it is for so many, to see and hear Richard play the cello. It’s such a beautiful, expressive instrument–not unlike RA–and imagining that cello resting between those muscular thighs, his elegant musician’s hands fingering the strings as he draws the bow across them, a smile playing about his lips, an intensity in his eyes . . .

Of course, I wouldn’t mind seeing him playing the flute, either, another favorite instrument and another opportunity to watch those expressive, artistic hands at work. Play me your tune, Richard, and I will follow you wherever you go. *sigh*

(artwork courtesy of RANet (screencap) Google Images and Wikipedia)

My imaginary Leap Year letter to RA

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Dear Richard,

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I suppose it’s already well into your extra day this year. I keep forgetting exactly how far you are ahead of me in time zones ( although having several readers from Down Under, I should be more knowledgeable). My insomnia troubles mean that some of my Aussie friends and I are on the blog at the same time.

Will your Leap Wednesday be just another long work day? Or will Sir Peter have some sort of surprise, something special planned to mark the sort of occasion that only happens every four years?  It sounds as if you are having such a wonderful adventure with this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You are committing a bit chunk of your time and plenty of energy to this project; may it benefit you in a myriad of ways.

Speaking of insomnia, I hope you are no longer plagued by it. Your schedule requires lots of stamina which means proper rest and proper refueling to keep your mind, body and soul strong and well.  I hope you have plenty of good food, a comfortable bed long enough for that frame and dreams that are sweet and invigorating;  I wish you many opportunities for laughter and comraderie, time to reflect, time to simply–be.

And I admit I do hope you’ve found someone special.  Oh, overlook me if I become too personal; it’s simply that I want the people who mean a great deal to me, the people who have positively impacted my own life to  love and be loved in return by someone truly worthy of them. And I think you are very worthy.

Goodness knows, your characters rarely seem to experience those sorts of relationships; I would like real life to be much better for you. I am the fairy godmother of my fanfic; deep down inside, I wish I could be one in real life.

I just finished watching  Lawrence of Arabia. I don’t believe I have ever seen the entire movie and certainly did not see it in its fully restored wide-screen glory as it was meant to be seen. Watching it made me think of you.

The cast had to commit more than a year to shooting the film; O’Toole said that when a portion of a scene taking place on a staircase had to be reshot, he  was fully one year older at the bottom of the stairs than he was when he started walking down the steps.

Lawrence was the movie and the role that made Peter O’Toole an international star. Interestingly he was also a lot taller in real life than the character he was playing; Lawrence was nine inches shorter than O’Toole. And, while a few female characters will appear in your film, LOA had no female speaking roles at all, just some women milling around in the background of a few scenes.

The film was a box office success that won many awards and earned O’Toole an Oscar nomination. We know it is unlikely a fantasy film such as The Hobbit will receive a high number of Oscar nominations even though I’m sure it will richly deserve them.  But we have no doubt these two films will be huge successes financially and very likely critically.  PJ is no slouch and there’s a ton of talent working on this film in every aspect. And I  believe Richard Armitage will be a name known by millions.

I hope you are ready for, as John Rhys-Davies said, the women all over the world who will be chasing you. Ready for audiences everywhere thinking that guy playing Thorin was terrific.  Of course, some of us will take a certain pleasure in the fact we knew you were “one to watch” long before others did.  We are pretty proud of having these Good Taste Genes.

Anyway, I have rambled on long enough. Just know that I am proud and happy to be a part of  “our little community.”

With love from your devoted admirer from LA,

Fedoralady