On the visibility of Richard Armitage’s scalp

This issue would merit a longer discussion, but I did want to say that if he’s struggling for coverage, the problem is of longer term than the last few years.

Richard Armitage as Tom Steele in Doctors (2001). My cap of video viewable at Richard Armitage Online.

~ by Servetus on September 12, 2011.

22 Responses to “On the visibility of Richard Armitage’s scalp”

  1. I saw a post about this recently on IMDB. Not something I’ve especially noticed myself but it seems to have improved over the years.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0035514/board/nest/187617968

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  2. I’ve sort of stopped reading there for reasons of sanity (my lack of interest in drama). I thought of doing a series of photos, but it’s not going to happen today out of time constraints. Hopefully I’ll be back with a real post later 🙂

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  3. Oh, dear, what have I done? That pic is the worst, but the one you posted eariler looks different, in fact it just looks like it looks on my head when my hair is really short and not manageable. And I’m not going bald! I really don’t think it was ever so bad that he would need a hair transplant. I think he has rather fine hair that looks thin when it is wet/sweaty/has too much hair product in it. The latter may be the case in the pic above. I remember another pic from SB where his hair was wet/sweaty and didn’t look good but perfectly nice when dry.

    I’m really sorry, I have a weird obsession with hair.

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    • I think you’re right that he has an odd cowlick back there. If I get a chance I’ll post a few other pics with arrows (I’m rewriting a lecture for tomorrow right now — though not with a ton of discipline, as you can probably tell). I agree that his hair seems to be really fine — to the extent that having it longer makes it look thinner.

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    • We all have our quirky obsessions, Jane. My husband is really very tolerant of mine, but he does stop and scratch his own fine-textured, cowlicky head from time to time over my fascination with all things RA.

      Servetus, I think your idea about the cropped hair not clumping or clustering as it does when it is longer could be the answer. Also, as I recall in some of his early roles like Dr. Steele, he really did have a LOT of hair product on his head.

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  4. I avoid the IMDB board like the plague for reasons Dr. S well understands, so haven’t seen that thread. Poor man, here we go obsessing about some other aspect of his physical appearance. 😉

    I think my husband (who has a similar cowlicky thing going) feels very, very sorry for RA at times.

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  5. To have all that going for you AND have a great head of hair wouldn’t be quite fair now would it? At least the hair or lack of it let’s us know that he is among us mortals otherwise he’d be flying with the Gods.

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  6. On another note in this pic he looks rather boyish whereas as of late he looks rather manly.

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    • yeah — this photo is 10 years ago!

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    • I watched the N&S interview with Richard which would have been seven years ago now, and I thought without his Thornton gravitas and sober Victorian dress he looked so baby-faced and boyish. And, as we have noted before, he seemed so much more ill at ease with the interview process, too.

      These days he looks much more like a full-grown fellow and a very attractive one indeed.

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  7. Good grief. That discussion with iHelegis….painful. I’ll steer clear of IMDb in the future.

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    • I read it a lot when I got Armitagemania, and I do have to admit that the tone varies. There have been some good discussions there. But when a flame breaks out there, it is brutal and some people who participate there are very invested in that brutality. I want fandom to be fun and to help me over hard places — not cause them 🙂

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    • I occasionally look at that board, but rarely comment. It can be a very unpleasant place due to the lack of proper moderation. It’s improved a little in recent months but is still somewhere to be very wary about. There are much nicer places to be in Armitageworld.

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  8. Y’all are going to laugh — this morning, my gmail ads were all about male hair loss prevention 🙂

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  9. Personally I don’t mind the odd reminder that he is only mortal. How would the rest of us feel if he had been born with perfectly straight teeth, a permanent abundance of hair and an instinctive understanding of the uses of the apostrophe? He is quite devastating enough as it is.

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    • I actually liked his less than perfect teeth (I don’t object to his “new” teeth, but I had no problem with his real ones). Now, the apostrophe … that’s another matter 🙂

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  10. I’ve been thinking about this too. In some pictures, it looks like a natural swirl, which we all have (I thought I didn’t, but having cut a fringe, I realise that yes, yes I do!), so it’s just the way the hair falls. But on others, it does seem as if the hair is thinning slightly. Sometimes I think it’s because the natural hair colour is shining through, because it’s a lot lighter than black, so it just looks as if the roots are growing back out, but on some it’s “it’s getting thinner up there, innit?” And then I just shake my head and feel silly for the thought even crossing my mind in the first place!

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    • I think the pictures make it impossible to say anything for certain. Some of the pictures people use to demonstrate this point, e.g. from Strike Back, are clearly not him but a stunt double. And yeah, why should we care? Not sure, except we do 🙂

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