XLI: Richard Armitage by the numbers
If you’d like a reminder of the list of Mr. Armitage’s achievements in the last year, check it out at RichardArmitageNet.com. Since it’s come up — I have no connection with Mr. Armitage and do not forward messages to him. If you want to leave him a message, do it RichardArmitageNet.com’s link until 8 p.m. UK time on the 22nd!
If you’re thankful he did all that, and want do something nice for him in return, how about a donation to one of his fundraising efforts at JustGiving?]
Number of birthdays, as of today! Congratulations, Mr. Armitage!
Age at which a man’s soul has reached maturity and is considered prepared to study Kabbalah. Though until recently you had the necessary beard, I don’t think you have time now, what with all this extremely unserious tornado chasing.
Age at which you publicly described yourself as “middle-aged” for the first time (February 11, 2011, Wellington, New Zealand). Never forget: Forty is the new twenty-five, babe.
There’s a lot to say about your life when you’re almost forty — even if you’d never be the one to say it. Except maybe for that bit about playing an elf when you were a teen. Richard Armitage at the first news conference for The Hobbit, February 11, 2011, Wellington, New Zealand. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Heinz Kruger’s handgun. Did you think, when you started this career, that you’d spend this much time with weapons? Or prepare for a qualification in stage fighting?
Heinz Kruger (Richard Armitage) takes a child hostage in Captain America: The First Avenger. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
In degrees Celsius, the normal body temperature of an adult human. Although people who have met you recently and gotten a hug say you’re very warm …
A picture that knocks me over. Richard Armitage hugs RALover outside the set of Black Sky, August 2012. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Birthday at which you stated you were “pretty eloquent and surprisingly tall for a six-year-old.”
Amount of money, in £, you reported spent on the boots worn to the audition for Cold Feet. (I think you may be spending more now).
Richard Armitage comes on stage in Hall H, July 14, 2012, San Diego ComicCon. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Your age when you appeared on UK screens and started the ovarian explosion that doctors are still struggling to treat because none of the patients want to be cured. As a result, North & South DVDs are now shipped with a women’s health advisory warning.
Age when you filmed North & South. Good things come to those who wait — to you, and then to us!
Richard Armitage, filming North & South with Daniela Denby-Ashe in Edinburgh, Spring 2004. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
The age at which your portrayal of Lee in Cold Feet was broadcast for the first time — and the very latest point at which your ongoing need to work out intensively for career reasons can have been born. So begins a potential career as beefcake, something you’ve expressed a fair amount of ambivalence about over the years.
The character who needed a perfect six-pack: Lee (Richard Armitage) disrobes at the beginning of his flirt with Ramona (Jacey Sallés) in Cold Feet 5.1. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Approximate number of seconds you sustained the tension in this scene with solely your eyes, two lines, and a thumb.
Age at which you performed your first named television role: Tom Steele, in which role you revealed an early and telling predilection for leather.
Dr. Tom Steele (Richard Armitage) tries to put off an emergency call so he can enjoy his partner’s birthday celebration, in Doctors. Source: Richard Armitage Online
Seconds of pure delight you give Claude Monet after he sells some paintings, in episode 2 of The Impressionists.
Day of November, 2012, when we can expect to see you on the red carpet again, in Wellington!
My favorite of your red carpet appearances, BAFTA Television Awards, London, England, 2010. With Lucas hair you looked so fantastic in black. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Chapter of Sylvester in which Sylvester confesses to his mother all the reasons he loves Phoebe — and you tear our hearts out with your despairing, resigned infatuation. “A darling.”
Seconds of something I hope never happens to you, since you make it sound so terrible. May you always be happy in your work.
Your age, presumably, at LAMDA entrance. What do you remember about that experience, I wonder?
24 (or fewer).
Number of hours you had in 2010 to solve a seriously postmodern conundrum — how to play some version of how some playwright thought a made-up someone else thought he might be if he had the good fortune to be you.
Richard Armitage, backstage at Old Vic Theatre, November 20, 2010, the night before the 24 Hour Plays. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Seconds of premeditated skank below that exemplify one of your greatest talents as an actor — making it hard for the viewer to tell on what level your character knows that he is lying. The first time I watched Between the Sheets, I actually believed for most of the series that Paul Andrews was innocent.
Number of dancers visible, including you, in this very early photo of your days in musical theater. (Yeah, I know, “nine ladies dancing,” but this plan was surprisingly hard to complete!) You must know or have met huge swathes of the young theatrical world in those days, now two decades in the past.
Cast of 42nd Street, picture taken in Blackpool, early 1990s. Richard Armitage said to be third man from right, and to have been costumed in a specially sized hat so as to reduce his height. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
The century in which you’ve made your career. Which makes you sound unbelievably space-aged and contemporary!
Number of your pieces available on media that I haven’t seen or haven’t finished. Gulp. Sorry, Mr. Armitage! Something to look forward while we’re waiting till December??
Excepting repeats, the number of stage productions with which Richard Armitage Online credits you. You’ve had such a successful career on television that it’s easy to forget that your acting roots grew from an interest in classical theater. If pursuing this is important to you, I hope your new notoriety brings you all the opportunities you desire.
Approximate number of months you’ve spent — so far — filming The Hobbit in New Zealand. Anyone would be throwing fish around by that point.
Richard Armitage as Thorin in a scene from preproduction vlog #8 for The Hobbit. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Richard Armitage as Lucas North in a publicity still from series 9 of Spooks. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
For me, the number of seconds that encapsulate what your career heretofore comes down to — why I couldn’t stop watching you once I started — and the reason why, no matter the merits of the project itself, I’ll always be eager to see more of you.
Most painful seconds in your small-screen career. A master of playing humiliation, you’re so vivid here I almost can’t bear to watch.
Age at leaving home to study the arts at school at Pattison College. Your determination and perseverance impress and inspire me.
Number of dwarfs in the film of The Hobbit. (Even though just one has stolen my heart).
Publicity still for The Hobbit, Summer 2011. Original source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Number of seconds it took Lucas North to stagger into our hearts.
Number of TV tropes identified in Strike Back, my favorite of which is Mr. Fanservice. I love it when you get your shirt or other pieces of clothing off. Is that so wrong?
Number of delicious discs of Lords of the North! (Even if I’m still afraid to listen to the next one!)
Richard Armitage, as pictured on the binder for the Lords of the North audiobook CDs. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Chapter of Venetia in which Damerel first kisses Venetia as would-be lover (as opposed to as assailant) and point at which you make another colossal deposit to your account at the First International Bank of the Ladies’ Man.
Minimum number of visible bands of leather piping on each side of the Guy of Gisborne costume that you wore in series 1 and 2 of Robin Hood. Proof the leather love did not go away.
Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne and Keith Allen as the Sheriff in a publicity still from series 2 of Robin Hood. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Number of lines you reported you had in the RSC Macbeth. Inaccurately.
Richard Armitage as Angus in the RSC Macbeth. Source: Richard Armitage Central Main Gallery
I realized this number may be controversial. Number of times you have played a character named John (or ethnic variant, Ian): Ian Macalwain, John Standring, Mr. Thornton, John Mulligan, John Porter, John Bateman. Have I missed any?
My favorite of all the Johns: John Standring (Richard Armitage) during his sudden transformation from sheepdog to human male in episode 3 of Sparkhouse. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Number of your screen deaths we’ve seen so far.
Ian Macalwain (Richard Armitage) goes to his temporary eternal rest in Ultimate Force 2.6. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Number of episodes Mr. Thornton needed to get the girl — and even he had to take off the cravat and jacket to accomplish it — something he’d previously done only for his mother!
Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) steps out of his railway carriage to gaze in surprise and delight upon Margaret Hale, in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com
Number of times I’ve noticed you employ this particular facial expression. Though I still don’t know what you’re saying with it!
Number of times, by your own admission, that you have played a donkey.
No surprise: Your place in my fangirl affections.
Richard Armitage, San Diego ComicCon, July 14, 2012. My favorite picture of Armitage as Armitage from this year. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com