Armitage (almost) live!

Richard Armitage on the red carpet for the Captain America premiere, July 19, 2011, Los Angeles, CA. Screencap from livestream, by redluna. Source: German Richard Armitage board.

After slightly over a year and a half of watching and blogging Armitage, I finally got to see him live tonight. In almost real time. At least once, though I seem to have missed him on the other feed I had. I imagine there’ll be more to enjoy tomorrow, in peace and at leisure.

It was one of the first times when I could think about Mr. Armitage being somewhere specific at a certain time. I was wondering what he was doing: chilling out in a hotel? Coffee? A beer? Meditation? I was definitely shaking and nervous beforehand — and I wonder if he was, too.

I trust recordings will be made, and I’ve watched recordings of him on the red carpet before, but this was a first and really, something special. It was the first time I really had the sense that he and I (and tons of other U.S. fans) could actually inhabit the same frame of reference.

He had a really polished gravitas. Assured, substantial, authoritative, kind. The suit him well, at least when viewed from the rear. Spent most of his time talking about Chris Evans. The beard, the beard. I’ve got to finish that post; this appearance underlined what I tend to think about it.

And I wonder what he thought. The surreality of that huge U.S. flag on the carpet, for instance; the crowds outside; the sun in his eyes; the heat; the interviewer who kept mispronouncing his name and seemed to have no idea who he was; the whole hullabaloo. Even if it was weird for him, I hope he was able to laugh inside.

Thinking of you, Mr. Armitage. Hope you can observe the circus with amusement, and that you enjoy the film. Try not to look away from the screen during your scenes!

~ by Servetus on July 20, 2011.

59 Responses to “Armitage (almost) live!”

  1. I only saw him, couldn’t hear anything–connection really bad-but I was so thrilled that I SAW him. Here. On American soil. A few hours away from me. And wearing shades before the interview, too *thud*
    Looking forward to watching it at leisure, too. Sounds like he was his usual charming and gentlemanly self . . .

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  2. Is it posted online yet? I missed it in RT.

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  3. Missed the live broadcast. It replayed at 10:30 EDT and the short interview was clear. Not great camera shots of Mr. ArmiTAHGE (trying to reproduce the interviewer’s pronunciation). Thought he was his usual thoughtful and courtly self. But less at ease than on the BAFTA red carpets we’ve seen.

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    • I wonder if the US deputy sec of state is called “Richard Armitahge”, i will go check his interviews, just curious!!

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      • PV,

        Last time I heard anybody say the American Richard Armitage’s name, it was pronounced liked the British RA. Don’t know where the heck she was getting that pronounciation.

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        • Maybe she thought because he is british it had to be pronounced differently (ΒΏ?) or she was too amazed by his gorgeousness she got nervous pronouncing his name. πŸ˜‰

          OML πŸ™‚

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      • I always want to pronounce his name in the French way “Armitaage” not “Armititge” as it is apparently correct.

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        • I would have guessed it was pronounced the French way, too, but I grew up in a part of the US where there are still a lot of French surnames. I don’t blame them for getting it wrong, as it’s not something you’d think to ask about. (Now, if you have a last name like mine in the US everyone asks because the pronunciation is way less than obvious )

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  4. Nearly missed it because there were some technical glitches with the livestream one so didn’t see him with the shades 😦 He was so sweet and mannerly even though the interviewer from AP couldn’t pronounce his name. Embarrassing to hear – but he is too polite to correct her.

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  5. I loved the “behind the scenes” with Richard sunglasses and laughing.
    He’s adorable!

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    • me too, i loved to watch him having a laugh with his agent πŸ™‚ he is a sweetie. And the first thing i noticed is he is so humble, didnt talk abt himself at all, talked about Chris Evans more. I wish the interviewer had more vital questions. Richard is so good with his answers and so expressive. But well, this is just the start, we will have more of him, more and more and more πŸ˜€

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      • Thought that looked like his agent standing behind him in the photograph. He should be commended with being responsible for getting RA roles in Captain America and The Hobbit.

        Hopefully, these two new roles will give RA the success he deserves and open many more doors for him in his future career.

        I’m so thrilled for him, he’s such a humble man with so many qualities that make him stand out in front of many of the others in his profession.

        I think that he could take on any role and make his performance memorable. He certainly has the talent to shine. We have much to look forward to in the next few years.

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    • Boo hoo! 😦 Missed the behind the scenes bit but hopefully someone was able to record it. Did manage to see the interview on Marvel when it was repeated but so noisy that it seemed you could hear everyone else clearly but not Richard or the interviewer!!

      May I say his beard has grown quite a bit more than when the photoshoot was done which no doubt makes Servetus very happy! πŸ˜€ He might have felt a good deal cooler without it in this instance though!!

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  6. We were able to rewatch the Marvel interview….I was mistaken! They did know who he was before the interview. The video feed had cut out on me the first time around, and when it came back, the background noise was terrible. RA was saying his name for a shout out. I was thinking the interviewer had asked him his name, since all I could hear was him saying, “Richard Armitage.” I have never been so happy to be proven wrong! πŸ˜‰

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  7. can i just say this! i know you will all kill me, I know he looks sauve and smart and nice, but he looks older than he is here. something about the buzzcut again, perhaps. Judiang?!!

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    • PV,
      I always think he looks his youngest when he is completely clean-shaven and hair is slightly longer. Here, with the full beard and shorter hair, the glare of the sun illuminating any crinkles and wrinkles and jet lag mixed in–yeah, it would all tend to make a guy look older. Still fabulous, but older. See, I haven’t chunked anything at you yet! πŸ˜‰

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      • Thank you for kinda agreeing and not throwing anything at me, was scared to come to this post this morning πŸ™‚ I agree the angle is not good. Other photos on the net and especially the one Heather, lucky girl, took with him are pretty good.

        I am excited to know that she got to tell him about the t-shirt, he has mentioned it in a couple of interviews. I am sure he will remember her forever too πŸ™‚

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    • Have I been invoked? πŸ™‚

      Yes, he did look older but I think it’s due to the er.. fuller… beard.

      (He reminded of Sebastien Cabot in A Family Affair on TV from my childhood. Am I tripping? Did I just really date myself?) πŸ˜€

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      • Only much slimmer than Mr. Cabot. πŸ˜‰ (I just dated myself, too).
        Actually, the angle in that AP interview was terrible for him. There are more images out there from the event in which he looks soooo much better IMHO.

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      • just wanted your support here πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ˜€

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  8. He looked fantastic as ever.

    So, where is he going to be in late July, early August 2012, if not in London? Hobbit filming should be well over by then so he must have a clear idea of the next major project. Interesting!

    As a Brit, I’m sorry I can’t think of anything polite to say about his Marvel comic comments but that probably goes to the core of my attitude to CA altogether. Sorry, cousins.

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    • I believe he will still be filming the Hobbit, they have 200 more days and another break to come.

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    • Pam,

      As an American, I can’t really think of anything polite to say about the way the overall interviews were conducted, and I don’t have a negative attitude about the movie. So we are sitting here in the same boat, my dear.

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      • At least the Marvel Comics gal had some intelligent questions (sadly, I couldn’t hear any of them), whereas the AP gal was a total irritant for me. I am a proud American, and I wanted to slap her for the constant braying of “God Bless America!!” And her accent made me cringe, too, on top of the fact she couldn’t pronounce the man’s name. *sigh*

        But bless his heart, he takes it all in stride. What a sweet, lovely, lovely human being RA is.

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        • Angie, I fear I may have been misunderstood (probably my own fault). I was really NOT commenting on the rubbish he was gibbering about Marvel comics and the Brits. I know he goes with the script on these occasions but that ‘people pleaser’ element of his personality is the one I consistently find most difficult to admire.

          …and now I’ve commented when I was going to! Still his voice is so lovely whichever orifice he is talking out of!

          Will he really still be in NZ this time next year?

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          • Thanks for the clarification, Pam. I had actually woken up with a killer headache in the middle of the night and found all these messages in my inbox. So my thought processes weren’t at maximum power. πŸ˜‰

            Of course, you have to take into account that AP interviewer didn’t give him much to work with, either, Pam, and that was the interview that was most rah-rah CA, I thought.

            I tend to be a people pleaser, too, on occasion, which I don’t love about myself, but I do understand where he is coming from.

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          • Pam, RA really has no choice in this situation. He didn’t read comic books as a kid, so he had to shovel it a bit. I’m sure he felt relieved when asked about the familiar territory of his role.

            I suspect he’s not the kind of guy who will turn into a lovie either though.

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            • I don’t ever see him being a sycophant. I think he was simply being polite and diplomatic and doing the best he could within the confines of the situation. The better, the more individualized the interview questions, the better the answers.

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  9. RichardArmitagenet.com has the clips of his interviews plus a transcription of the marvel interview.

    Yes, the feeling that you can see him in real time is awesome, in spite of the bad streaming. I love the beard and suit but I’m not sure I like the beard+sunglasses that way his face is all ‘covered up’.

    OML πŸ™‚

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  10. Thanks for the reference, OML. Didn’t like the sun glasses, either. But you can only squint into sun for a limited time. Didn’t do him any favours, though. These shots might just be the only (including many candids) that I don’t think do him justice…

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  11. Sorry, still don’t like the beard…

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  12. Giggle, Nietzsche – we either like beards or don’t! Vive les differences. If we were all the same, there’s be nothing to talk about. πŸ˜€

    Just read Karyn’s transcript of red carpet interview. Head over to RAnet – everyone and see it too. That is the Armitage with whom we have become familiar.

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    • Yeah, few seem to be on the fence when it comes to that beard. πŸ˜‰

      Thank goodness we know some intelligent questions were asked of him last night.

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  13. Armitahge — really? That was painful.

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    • @Rob,

      Reminded me of that commercial where the guy being interviewed for a job keeps calling his prospective boss “Mr. Dumb Ass” . . . finally the guy tells him “It’s Doo-MAS.” Yep, made me cringe.

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      • Not to beat a dead horse here, but REALLY? It is a fairly simple name to pronounce. Isn’t it? Good Gwad.

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  14. Contradictory feelings here. I loved to hear his voice, laughter, and once more see the kind, sweet man he is. But I missed his clean shaved face and longer hair. He looks like my uncle, lol!

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    • I agree, Jane. I think the magazine studio shots are much more attractive and flattering than many of the red carpet images we are seeing. The angle of the camera and glaring light in that AP interview didn’t do him justice.

      Really don’t care for the way he looks in those screencaps. But I have also seen some photos taken by photo agencies (and even some fans) that are much better and more like the Richard we are familiar with.

      Fabi,
      Just remember, underneath the beard he isn’t your uncle. And hair can always grow. πŸ˜€

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      • You’re right about the beard. It won’t last forever! (apologize to all beard fans.)
        And yes, the pictures in RAnet.com are far better than the screencaps.

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      • PLEASE don’t get me wrong here – you know I love the brown hair, beard and all, but can I say that looking at that short CA interview on set with the blue shirt open at the neck, clean shaven AND the floppy hair I did melt a bit. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been trying to imagine THAT look along with what he was wearing on the “red” carpet photos and I think he would have caused even more of a stir! His beard really has grown quite a bit and does tend to mask his beauty and that ravishing smile – but not altogether – and nothing can hide those baby blues!! πŸ˜€

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  15. I liked the beard much better in the Project Mag photoshot, may have something to do with a better photographer, better lighting and more flattering camera angle. With these pics I keep thinking that he would look so much better without the beard. However, there are some pics from photo agencies floating around that are a lot better than the screencaps from the interview.

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  16. It wasn’t actually terribly hot in Los Angeles yesterday evening. It may hit 79 degrees today, but I think that will be up from yesterday, and it sure wasn’t humid; so he probably wasn’t baking in that suit. Couldn’t exactly turn up in a Speedo. Alas and alack.

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  17. He looks different again… more mature…even his nose doesn’t look the same. For some reason, when I first saw this picture, he reminds me of Richard Nixon. I don’t know why? With my apologies…I don’t mean to offend anyone. Perhaps the angle of the shot and the reflection of the sun. Don’t mind him having a beard but this time I think it’s too bushy….that nearly covers his gorgeous face. The voice …. and being articulate during those interviews!

    Is it because he’s on holiday? But I love his suit & tie which I suppose is trendy at the moment. (Noticed R. Downey’s tie too). RA’s sweating..trying to pat his forehead before the interview (hope it’s not the nerves). But all in all, I’m very glad he’s on the red carpet in LA with all his graciousness to the wrong pronunciation of his name. Was it his agent with him? If so, I think he should have made a better representation of him in the interviews.

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    • I love how he looks so different whether he’s in a role, on a photoshoot or as himself. One of his many talents. πŸ™‚

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    • I was just looking at some of the screencaps at RAnet.com and I couldn’t help but notice his shoes!! (Always very partial to shoes myself!) They seemed to be mostly a nice brown colour but with shiny black toe-caps – really snazzy and Italian by the look of them. Very stylish indeed! πŸ™‚

      BTW I don’t think of him as a “people pleaser” with the comments he made. He could have done no less than speak well of the project he was involved in otherwise it would have been extremely bad manners and I only marveled (excuse the pun) that he managed to remain so amiable and polite when confronted with such trite and somewhat inane questions – not to mention his name being mis- pronounced! Always the gentleman, our Richard! πŸ˜€

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      • He was there to advertise the project and did his job. I wouldn’t take everything he says on such occasions for gospel but don’t blame him either, we all have to do what our employers ask from us.

        He had a chance to mention that he’s filming The Hobbit and will still be in NZ next year but bit his tongue and went with the talk about the Olympics.

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  18. I see what you mean about a Nixon Nose! Extraordinary that angle and light could have so transformed the RA Nose! If he’s seen that screen cap yet, all he can do is giggle and go shoot his agent/publicity person/minder… πŸ˜€

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  19. Sigh. Sleep is overrated. Sleep is overrated. Must repeat that to myself next time! I definitely missed something.

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  20. Hi Guys,

    There is new video of PJ in Facebook.
    There are short scenes Thorin and other dwarves.
    ;0)

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