Data: Richard Armitage “I” statements, part 1 (2002-03)

In chronological order as far as I can determine them. These are statements in which Richard Armitage uses the first person singular (or the second person singular if he may be considered to be describing his own experiences, or the first person plural, if he uses it in an inclusive sense) to describe himself, his attitudes, his opinions, or his activities or behaviors, or describes his attitudes, opinions, activities or behaviors in other terms. Note that these are only first-person statements made by Mr. Armitage; I am not including in this discussion attributions or descriptions by interviewers or others. This collection also does not exclude the possibility of misquotes by interviewers. A star is included when something about the quote suggests that it is not necessarily to be taken literally (humor, sarcasm, irony, etc.)

Obviously this collection — and this blog, quite frankly — would have been impossible without the efforts and good offices of and Richard Armitage Central. I make no claim to comprehensiveness and may eventually add more materials to each section.


2003 promotional photo of Richard Armitage in conjunction with Cold Feet. Source:

Sunday Mirror, August 25, 2002:

  • “I’ve been working out every day since I got this role” [Lee on Cold Feet]
  • “The first shot of my first scene was of me lying on top of Jacey. I had only met the girl 10 minutes earlier. Even I normally take longer than that to get a result. Even worse, I couldn’t hear a word the director was saying because Jacey played a trick on me. She came up to me with a little bottle of breath freshener in her hand – one of the tricks of the trade – and told me to open my mouth. Instead, she sprayed it in my ear so for half an hour I was deaf. I was lucky I wasn’t sacked from the start.”
  • “They [cheap boots] saved my audition because I was nervous as hell. When they handed me the script at the door, the first thing I saw was ‘and he took off his top to reveal perfect abs’. I spent the whole time in agony, convinced they were going to make me strip and throw me out the door.”
  • “Well, since I’m supposed to teach [aqua aerobics] in the show, I thought I’d better see what it was all about. I can honestly say it was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done. I went with a female friend. There was me – a six foot two bloke – with all these women. They were all up to their waists in water. On me it barely reached my thighs.”
  • “I saw an advert and thought it [the circus] sounded like a laugh. What I didn’t realise at the time was that it was in Budapest. And the furthest I’d been was France. But I had a great time for six months. I earned pounds 135 a week, sleeping in a room with a Russian hoopla artist next to the elephant truck.”
  • [re Star Wars]: “I was an unnamed fighter pilot with two lines. But it was kind of cool to be on a big budget epic as your first acting job. I met Ewan MacGregor. who was polite but pretty intense, and Natalie Portman who was just pretty. I kept embarrassing myself because I kept bumping into her double, who looked a lot like her, and thinking it was Natalie. I’d be like ‘Hi Natalie, how are you’ – and she’d be looking at me blankly.”
  • [re Cleopatra]: “The only good part about the whole thing was that it was filmed in Morocco. We had a chuckle about that when I ran into him on set. The last time we saw each other we were wearing Roman armour. Now we’re starring in the best drama on telly.”

Sunday Mercury, November 23, 2003:

  • “I had an earbashing from my mum after the first episode. She said, ‘I don’t think those things should be talked about.’ [re: Between the Sheets]
  • “I imagine a lot of viewers will feel the same [as his mother], but I think it’s a brave drama.”
  • “I think people find the frank dialogue more shocking than the nudity and the sex scenes.”
  • “When I got the script, I didn’t appreciate quite what that [sex therapy homework] involved, as I’d skimmed over the stage directions. It wasn’t until I came to film the sex scenes that I realised! But I’ve warned Mum and told her to make lots of cups of tea during those scenes!”
  • “It felt like eight months,” he remembers [re: circus]. “It wasn’t much fun.”
  • “Then I had to go to bed with another man’s wife [re: Ultimate Force]. I’m always upsetting my mum!”

~ by Servetus on March 26, 2012.

16 Responses to “Data: Richard Armitage “I” statements, part 1 (2002-03)”

  1. “Even I normally take longer than that to get a result.”
    LOL ! I love his sense of humour. 🙂
    Even though I think I’ve read most of RA’s interviews, when an unfamiliar quote comes up, I get a real buzz!! This time, it was the quote about Cleopatra. Do you know who the other actor is that he’s referring to?


  2. He has a great sense of the absurd, and I love that 🙂

    One of my favorite quotes is when he was doing those aqua aerobics for the part of Lee. I can see him in the class with all those lucky women!

    I think he must be great fun to interview as well. Even if it is probably not his favorite thing, and he guards his private life, he’s always funny and interesting no matter how many times he’s asked the same question.


    • re absurd: agree, and I think fans’ perception of him has been affected to some extent by varying capacities among fans of understanding when he is being even the slight bit facetious.


  3. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer or journalist. I’m neither :D. But when I read RA quotes, I start fantasizing again about this childhood dream. I would love to interview him. He would be a riddle I’ll try to solve. Not to mention the armitage humor 😉


  4. This is a great idea, Servetus. Although I know most of the statements it’s so deliciously convinient to get them handed freshly prepared and edited on a silver platter…. Oh, wouldn’t that be brilliant to share a good laugh with this handsome humoristic bloke? Still, Mr. A. seems to be a bit ambivalent when it comes to the Circus….. 😉


    • I think there’s something to be gained by (a) reading them in rough chronological sequence and (b) considering what he says about himself versus the framework that interviewers put around him by describing him or adding adverbs to the description of what he says.


      • You’re right, that sounds true plausible….oh but it seems to be a real challenging project. This needs many a focused brain, hawk’s eyes and the compiling of lists (over lists), and to finalise a concentrated, analytical mind (like yours!!). 😉 But this question concerns me really more and more recently (besides the other undescribable turmoil in my head): What did RA originally say and what is the writers’ interpretation and therefore added. Having in mind that we all are waiting eagerly for a new interview.


        • One thing that you can note from this juxtaposition, for instance, is that from the beginning his responses to the “circus” question varied strongly, one suspects on the interview context.


  5. This is magic! Love RA’s sense of humour and the quote “Then I had to go to bed with another man’s wife [re: Ultimate Force]. I’m always upsetting my mum!”

    What I’d give to interview Richard and chat with him, he’s one in a million!
    Great work Servetus.


  6. It’s always a treat to read an interview with him. Some of those quotes were new to me too. Great work putting this together. I am going to really enjoy this series. 🙂


  7. Hi Serv,
    Gosh! Great quotes! I hope this man is keeping his own diary or scrapbook, because he’ll have a wealth of experiences to share in his memoir some day.
    Cheers! Grati ;->


  8. Mezz asked about Cleopatra I believe this was in Cold Feet, Sean Pertwee (he played the lover of Karen Marsden) RA’s character was dating Karen’s nanny so they may have had scenes together. It’s strange to think he is now acting with James Nesbitt the star of the show although they probably didn’t share scenes in Cold Feet.


    • there’s a scene with a drinks party at the health club where Lee (Armitage) implied to Pertwee’s character that Marsden’s character had (I believe) asked him (Lee) to marry her for immigration reasons. It’s key to the plot because it makes Pertwee’s character, who is insecure anyway, think that his marriage is only one of convenience.


    • Thanks for this, sapphire. I looked up Sean Pertwee on imdb and I remember him now! 🙂


  9. […] Part 1 was here. […]


  10. It’s such a joy to re-read this quotes, I totally love his sense of humour. I can’t help but laughing picturing his mum bashing his ears and making all those cups of tea. He is simply adoRAble 😀
    Thx so much for taking the time to compile them 🙂


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