More Porter / Armitage lip
To start — two pieces of business. I assume you are aware, but in case you aren’t, both these items courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.com:
Second, if you are a UK resident you can win two tickets to the London premiere of The Hobbit.
Servetus reports that Tuesday into Wednesday is going to be the unpleasant chunk of the week this semester.
Last night I was screencapping to cheer myself up, and found myself thinking again about Richard Armitage’s upper lip and its evocative moments. Where you don’t necessary tend to expect these is in a fight scene, but that’s where I found myself noticing them last night. Below some of my own caps from Strike Back 1.3 — the scene in the prison courtyard where Porter (played by Armitage) fights that extremely tall, powerful man. Jeffrey Zekele plays the prison guard; Mzwakhe Philemon Dlamini plays Vincent, the very large Zimbabwean; and Tumelo James Sibanda plays Anthony, the young boy.
- these aren’t all mouth positions — some of them are caps in which he’s twisting his mouth — but you still see how powerful this gesture is.
- the makeup here helps him out, by drawing attention to his (cut) lip (and to the motion of his nose.
- the very abbreviation of the lip makes him seem more emotional — as if he’s breathing harder, calculating more aggressively, and so on.
- nonetheless, you can see how he gets a lot of mileage out of that lip just because it’s so easy to move to reveal his teeth, which he shows repeatedly in this scene.
- the fact that his lip is less full makes his mouth look deceptively smaller and harsher or hard-bitten in many of these caps.
- his mouth also shows relief / release to contrast to those tense moments. I don’t know exactly how to describe that lip position — in which his lips are extended out from his teeth, as if they reflect blown-out air.
It was interesting to me, after looking at that scene, to look back at this post (“Armitage dances his way through it“), where I was focused on the dance-like quality of an action scene. But his mouth is also quite vivid there, as well. Mr. Emotional Action Man Armitage.
It was also interesting, as I remember (but can’t find at the moment) Armitage saying that he found the prospect of this fight with Dlamini extremely daunting, that in slomo-ing through the scene I didn’t find any pieces where I noticed a stuntman. Impressive.