Ridiculous Squeeitude

I’m usually picking stuff up from other sites but this morning I found something on my own. Interview with Richard Armitage about Strike Back. I’d been wondering why the lsq.tv site that did interviews with Andy Harries, Andrew Lincoln and Dhaffer L’Abadine (sp?) didn’t have one with Mr. Armitage.

NB:

-yet another intriguing father reference (discussed earlier here): “So his route into the military was to do with atonement for his father’s death and honouring his memory.”

-on the question of the attractions of action film, “I wanted to take this character, which reads as an action hero, and turn him into something else. The challenge is to make him appealing to people who don’t necessarily like this genre of film and television. Trying to mine something new from this and trying to put a human being inside this type of character is what attracted me to it.” Reference discussion on RAFrenzy.com.

-also, we finally get to see him play a parent in a lengthy way. Even though it’s a troubled relationship I am already grinning.

This is a nice, solid interview. Not penetrating, but lots of good info.

Also: can I say: I just LOVE those big boots. Even if they are photoshopping the heck out of him in this picture.

~ by Servetus on April 19, 2010.

28 Responses to “Ridiculous Squeeitude”

  1. Well I saw Episodes 1 and 2 of Strike Back today and was not disappointed! I loved it, but it is very violent and I appreciate (and warn) that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you are looking for period drama sensibilities, you will not find them in Strike Back! And it struck me yet again that if I didn’t know better, I would never have worked out that John Porter is played by the same actor as Guy of Gisborne, or John Thornton, say. What a tremendous actor he is!

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  2. Wow, how did you see them? I am SO jealous.

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  3. I saw them at the Bafta screening in London, followed by a very interesting Q&A with the executive producer (Andy Harries), director (Dan Percival) and commissioning editor for Sky (Elaine Pyke). Elaine Pyke remarked that Richard is staggeringly handsome and that he could be the next James Bond!

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  4. Wow. That is so exciting!! Those discussions are so interesting. I bet it was really neat. Did you run into any other fans you knew there?

    I am not a big fan of violence, but the character issues that have been explored in the publicity totally fascinate me. So I’ll probably buy the DVD and at least try it out.

    It would be great if he were the next James Bond. Oooh!

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  5. Oops, forgot to say: thanks for sharing your impressions here, Gruffalo! For someone with terrible tusks, you are really friendly.

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  6. No I know that there were some other fans there, but I kept my head down! The producers, etc were very complimentary about Richard, mentioning that he is very charismatic and talented. Andy Harries said that he thought RA was fantastic in Cold Feet (which he also produced). Gotta go to bed now…

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  7. gah! envious now .. and in wild anticipation. While I like the odd testosterone-laden action film with preferably charismatic male “eye-candy” (I am shallow like that, at times) I prefer other genres than modern ‘kick-evil-terrorist-**se” movies..
    still, after intitial interviews and various trailers I look forward to RA’s take on it (quite certain I wouldn’t have marked it in my calendar hadn’t it been for him 🙂
    As for James Bond – I stand by my conviction that RA MUST be the next one – he’d be THE PERFECT Bond (apologies to Mr. Connery, who is to date). I’m quite sure Ian Fleming foresaw his arrival on the movie scene back when he created the character 😀

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  8. […] talk about this here. Definitely Ridiculous […]

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  9. Rarely do I experience jealousy. I am so jealous of The Gruffalo!! Surely, she can tell us more. After she’s had some rest of course. I want her mind clear so she can recall everything!

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  10. I had to squee about this on my blog. I couldn’t stand it. I promised myself I wouldn’t get on, but I was having withdrawal.

    Wherever we get down to talking about this, I DO want to talk about this.

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  11. Yes, she had quite a late night, that Gruffalo! Word pictures. I’d love some word pictures.

    RAFrenzy, I don’t know what to do, either, about the intensifying squee. But let’s talk.

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  12. Can we interview you, Gruffalo? When you wake up again?

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  13. Lucky, lucky Gruffalo!

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  14. Thanks for sharing Gruffalo!
    Now as for RA as James Bond (getting ready to duck) I would not like that. **ducking**
    Which is strange for me since I am a “Spooks” addict and love other spy books, movies & tv shows – Here’s hoping John Porter is a success and there is no time for James Bond! **ducking again**

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  15. I agree with you, Tracey!

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  16. If they would modernise the Bond character further I could dig it, otherwise that’s a pass for me. *ducks with Tracey*!

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  17. Big student conference day today, but popping in briefly to comment that I wouldn’t be able to keep myself from watching, as the camera would be on him constantly. My general strictures about drama apply to the Bond films of course but I’ve seen all of the ones with actors I like. Managed to avoid the Daniel Craig ones because he IS NOT CUTE, but wouldn’t be able to stop from viewing Mr. Armitage. Of course, as Tracey says, maybe John Porter will be so successful that he won’t have time to play James Bond!

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  18. Ducking and Diving with Tracey.

    Agree with you on the Bond issue. There are better parts.

    On the other hand, the money from Bond could finance the Richard III project?

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  19. He’s said at least once he thinks Bond is too stylized or oldfashioned and that he’d prefer to play a role like Jason Bourne. Can’t comment on the latter as I don’t care for Matt Damon and have not seen any of those movies.

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  20. I’ve seen at least one of the Bourne movies. What struck me about it was that the lead barely said a word the entire film, so the acting was mostly non-verbal. So in this sense, that would be the kind of role I’d really like to see RA play. It would bring all those micro-expressions you speak of to the fore.

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  21. OK – honesty time – would I go see RA on the big screen as Bond – yup sure would for no other reason than to see him on the BIG screen. That would satisfy the “need for eye-candy” part of me.

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  22. Tracey, you could go in with earplugs so you didn’t really get what was happening on screen. Of course then you would miss the luscious voice. Wonder which accent he would use for Bond? Yorkshire Standring or Midlands Guy of Gisborne or Milton Thornton or Leeds Andrews or RP Lovelace?

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  23. […] discussion here. Here are some, but not all, the […]

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  24. Hi sorry I have not been back to leave more thoughts on the screening. Actually the best thing is to look at the comments on C19 and on richardarmitageonline.com. I just watched a video interview with Richard from the premiere in which he said that he was wary of war movies but had taken a look at the character of John Porter and felt that there was something that he could “mine” there, and to reinvent the war hero in his own little ways. And thinking about it now I think that this is what he has managed to do, though in subtle ways. His portrayal of an action hero is somewhat novel. John Porter comes across as both a trained killer but also as a compassionate man. By the way, I loved the Bourne movies too, particularly the third – I think it is called The Bourne Ultimatum and that scene at Waterloo station in particular is a classic.

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  25. I’ll add my jealousy over The Gruffalo! LOL

    “we finally get to see him play a parent in a lengthy way. Even though it’s a troubled relationship I am already grinning.”
    So I’m not the only one to whom RA playing a father appeals a lot. When I read that part of the interview I felt even more eager to watch SB (which is so not my kind of genre, RA changes me!)

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  26. […] as father Picking up on an affirmative comment by OML, here, I wanted to think a bit more about what is appealing about the possibility of seeing Mr. […]

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  27. […] it would be great to see Richard Armitage wearing The Tudors boots. I loved the Porter boots. The motorcycle boots for the Guy of Gisborne costume were really awful, though slightly better in […]

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  28. […] haven’t been able to hold myself back from writing about them. The Porter soldier desert army boots. The Guy of Gisborne S3 boots. The boots with heel buckle that he wore to the BAFTA 2010 red […]

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