Armitage anatomy: Mentalis for sympathy

It occurred to me this morning that one of the moments that makes one of my favorite scenes from Strike Back 1.2 so potent is one of Richard Armitage’s relatively rare uses of mentalis.

The scene, again. The mentalis moment comes at 0:23-0:24:

and here are caps:

Beautiful, and because his use is so limited and his lip so thin, it doesn’t seem overdone. And it enhances his presentation of gentleness and care in the midst of all the violence around Porter and Katie.

Nice job, Mr. Armitage.

~ by Servetus on November 21, 2011.

11 Responses to “Armitage anatomy: Mentalis for sympathy”

  1. Absolutely stunning. I never watch this scene w/o my jaw dropping. So well acted by both actors!

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  2. Such a beautifully touching scene. I always feel as though I have to hold my breath as I watch it for fear of disturbing the moment. You could feel the intense emotion of the situation and they played it to perfection.

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  3. This is one of those Armitage scenes that I watch, spellbound, over and over again because I simply can’t get enough of it. This is the John Porter I fell in love with.

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  4. This scene is just so touching and tender. John Porter takes such care with her, that you can’t help but love the character.

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  5. I love his expression in this scene combined with the softening of his voice. An absolutely stunning performance!

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  6. Oh yes, this is the scene which upon first sight persuaded me to like and even care for John Porter……… and to finally fall in love! His tenderness with Katie is in such stark contrast to this cruel story/situation.

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  7. The scene was of a singular beauty. It was exemplified in the faces. There was such empathy between the actors.

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  8. Serv,
    Thanks for sharing this tender exchange with us. It is small moments of humanity and decency–such as portrayed by Richard Armitage and Orla Brady in this scene–that reminds us there are heroes and heroines in our world.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

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  9. […] https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/armitage-anatomy-mentalis-for-sympathy/ […]

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  10. […] it in that previous link as a rare pout that he actually used fairly disingenuously, and then in a subsequent post as a sympathy move. But I’ve run into two more employments of the […]

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  11. […] gotten to discuss yet) and the chin (which I’ve done a little on with regard to mentalis: see here and here on potentially emotional or emotionalizing uses of mentalis) and the lower cheeks and […]

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