Slightly abashed Armitage

I was watching this interview (complete here) today for a different reason, but I just had to laugh at the very beginning of it. Mr. Armitage almost seems a bit shocked at himself.

This is one of those moments where a sudden juxtaposition of Armitage and the role he’s playing makes you realize how fully he really is acting. I also love that cute little aside at the very, very end of the clip about letting out all your anger.

~ by Servetus on August 14, 2012.

31 Responses to “Slightly abashed Armitage”

  1. A lovely reminder of just what a good actor he really is. That expression is priceless. “Did I say that? And do that? My stars!!” He’s so funnjy sometimes. And yes, Lorraine, he IS a beautiful boy, I agree. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Dear God, that woman could talk under water. I think he is a bit shell shocked throughout the whole thing – he doesn’t usually interrupt but she would have talked through the whole 7 minutes on her own if he hadn’t spoken over her! She’s like a verbal machine gun.

    I bet they use that clip in media studies lectures as an example of how not to interview someone. Frankly, i don’t need to know what Lorraine thinks about Richard III or what Lorraine’s friend says about paraplegia. And i certainly didn’t need to have the circus story wheeled out again (and i think it was old news even in 2007).

    But yes, that expression at the beginning is priceless.

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    • I think her audience watches her show to hear Lorraine chat, not to learn something about Richard Armitage.

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      • LOL! Having not lived in the UK for a long time, I am only 90 percent sure you are joking Jane! Maybe there is a whole subculture who wait with bated breath for Lorraine’s next pronouncement.

        Btw am I the only one who turns to jelly when RA says ‘naughty’ ? Thought not.

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        • Makes one wonder if he ever watches his work, except for clips during promotion tours. He seemed genuinely surprised at how he came across.

          Beautiful boy … oh, my yes.

          Bolly … there is just something about how he says ‘naughty’, isn’t there? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • he said once when asked that he found watching his own work awful and (I think) that he tried to avoid it. If that’s true, I sympathize. I’ve never been able to make myself read any of the thousands of pages of scholarship I’ve published, nor do I go back and read the back issues of this blog — except if I’m trying to remember something specific in the fandom history. It’s excruciating.

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            • That makes a lot of sense. You’d always be seeing something that you’d change, right?

              I enjoy re-reading your stuff … so, you don’t have to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              • exactly, I’d never write anything new because I’d constantly be polishing old stuff. Stuff that no one noticed but me ๐Ÿ™‚

                nice to have an audience ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Hmm. I have to agree with Jane here… in that Lorraine is quite a beloved interviewer in the UK. This is her standard style – regardless of who is on the other side of the couch.

        If she’s interviewed Armitage more than once, I would guess her energy successfully draws more engagement out of him as well (this one seems early in his career).

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  3. OK the woman talks too much that’s true, but for some reason she didn’t irritate me. I put her verbal diarrhea down to over-excitement. ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved her spontaneous outburst of admiration (you are a beautiful boy) and Richard’s reaction to the compliment was absolutely priceless!!! “Oh mumble mumble” He.is.adorable.

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    • yes, look down and away. Well, it was a really shameless compliment. Her enjoyment really is irrepressible.

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    • She may talk too much, but her enthusiasm is contagious! Have to give her credit, she did stay on her side of the couch. ๐Ÿ™‚ And got him to really smile at several points.

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      • she’s a very talkative interviewer, always, and she’s more talkative here than usual, I think. But to give her a little credit — his body language is very much subdued “don’t hit me.” It took him a while to get out of that habit. She may have perceived that he was shy and nervous and tried to overwhelm him with effusion to relax him. (usually that strategy doesn’t work — but I think she was trying.)

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        • Hello Servetus, that is exactly the reading I have of this interview as well. She wants to get him out and to feel comfortable. In some way I think she reaches that in the further parts of the interview, as he actually intervenes and starts with something he wants to say. (Though admittedly, it was hard for him to get a word in ;o)
          And her compliments didn’t help. They made him more selfconscious and it seems he uncomfortably is shifting position on the couch.

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        • I think that strategy actually has the opposite effect in most cases…:)

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    • He is undoubtely lovable!..*sigh*.:)

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  4. He is so cute isn’t he? I read somewhere that Lorraine Kelly said she always enjoys interviewing Richard. Lucky lady!!.

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  5. RA is so adorable here, I just want to wrap him up and bring him home and make Cornish Pastys (purposeful spelling, ha) for him. Of course, he’ll have to chop the rutabega because he’s the strong one. And he knows how to chop. Purrrrr!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

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  6. He IS incredibly adorable in this interview. Lorraine seemed plainly straightforward with her view, that he is such a beautiful boy. She most certainly meant it verbatim that way and we can only consent (his instant reaction โ€“ irresistable)! Which BTW is still an unusual way to approach a 37-year-old man, isn’t it?? Serv, you are right, he is a damn good actor and prob quite more relaxed in RL as he can put all his naughtiness (sigh!) and aggressions into his roles….. and wow, why do we even perceive, that she noticably stayed on her side of the couch??

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  7. Sorry, the only thing I could barely keep up with was his being a beautiful boy. He does look a bit shell-shocked by her rat-a-tat, looking for a spot where she takes a breath so he can jump in. Good grief!

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