This looks like [not a ] candid [but a press photo] from Wellington

More at Grendel’s mum’s blog (in Japanese).

Jeans shirt. He looks SO hot. Love those boots.

No beard. I’ll live, I guess.

Love you, Mr. Armitage.

~ by Servetus on November 25, 2012.

117 Responses to “This looks like [not a ] candid [but a press photo] from Wellington”

  1. The people’s paparazzi have begun to snap away! So much for sliding under the radar, Mr. Armitage.
    He looks mighty fine, boots and all!

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    • Yeah, I haven’t decided yet if he really believes that, or it’s something he’s trying to convince himself of, or it’s another outcome of the British tendency to self-deprecation. In any case, it’s unrealistic, poor man.

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      • I think he would think it sounds boastful to admit he his prepared for being recognized. But he must know. Certainly during the PR world tour. Not sure what happens when the whirlwind is over. It seems to me, he dressed carefully, knowing he would be photographed. Not sure you know he hired a stylist to dress him for the red carpet?

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        • He will be recognized, but i think only a fraction of times that, say, Freeman will be – because of all the makeup. Only people who go an extra mile, such as googling him , or watching PR events, would be able to spot him. My evidence is anecdotal, but I know that none of the men i’m closely familiar with would do any of it. I’m not even sure they would bother to remember the name of the actor, no matter how much they love the movie.

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          • OK — and let’s admit: we only have this photo because he was underway with Freeman. That’s who the photographer cared about. So rule number one is: don’t hang out with people who the photographers care about.

            As far as fans go: do you have any male friends who are Tolkien fans? I’m not saying this is going to turn into a Tom Cruise situation, but he will be recognized by fans and there are a lot of potential fans out there already.

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            • IF he catches the public’s eye in the movie and on the red carpet, he will be recognized for himself soon. And looking like this and being the tallest and most attractive of the group, how can he not?

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              • Let me put it this way. If I had no idea who Richard Armitage was, and I saw this divinely attractive man at an airport or restuarant or on the street, he’d get my full attention. The guy stands out in a crowd.
                And knowing how he’s looked at previous red carpet events, I can only expect him to dazzle at the Hobbit premieres.

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                • At previous events he managed to fly under the radar because he was neither a lead nor a nominee but this time he will be pushed forward at least as one of the important group. And with all the others looking either dwarfish or hobbity…

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                  • I think about how he skulked in the back during the photo op after the first Hobbit press conference.

                    But I don’t think he’s going to be allowed to do that anymore. He is definitely being promoted as one of the stars of this film. Every magazine that has been devoted to the film has him prominently placed right up there with Martin and Sir Ian. We see quite a bit of him in the promos.

                    And, yeah, other than Graham, he is the most physically imposing fellow in the cast, looming over a lot of his castmates. And he’s gorgeous.

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                  • yeah, I was thinking — his whole life he’s flown under the radar personally, as counterintuitive as that may seem for a performer. He did it as a kid and a teen and even as an actor on British prime time TV and he probably he thinks he can keep it up. I doubt it; but I hope he gets what he wants.

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                    • I doubt it too. The other day I watched one of the Hobbit videos with L who’s 4. The first thing he said when I opened up the RANet site was “Robin Hood” “Robin Hood” If a 4 year old can recognize RA, I imagine everybody else will too.

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        • i didn’t know, but I am glad.

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  2. There he is. And boots. I always seem to notice his footwear, too. Total guy.

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  3. Dang girl! You are fast!

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    • This was totally coincidental. Someone was making a joke about translations from the Japanese and I remarked that there’s a Japanese Armitage blogger none of us know especially well (bcc did) and I thought, I haven’t been there in awhile, I should go look. And there it was.

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  4. Someone tweeted that they thought RA’s jeans were unflattering. All I have to say is that the man makes his jeans sexy–not the other way around. Ha!

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    • I don’t think jeans are his best look, especially not with the crumpled hems against the boots, but I still thought he looked fantastic.

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  5. Looking good! More than good! (Martin too…)

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  6. Oh Servetus, thank you for finding this picture! Love the boots, jeans, jean shirt, smile, stubble, leather jacket, yum! I wonder if he has butterflies in his stomach at what’s about to come (or already has begun) …

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    • Grendel’s mum found this one. It just occurred to me to look over there at the right second. There’s a second pic there.

      Probably in that pic he’s just tired from the long flight?

      I love the little thing he does at the corner of his lips. Love that. Squeee.

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    • I was wondering if he’s nervous about what the critics will have to say. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 2 years since we heard he was taking on this role and now the premiere is upon us. WOW!

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  7. Damn, that is luscious!

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  8. Kathleen shared in RAFN, the Setford Agency news page link with all of the arrival photos on it: http://snpa.photoshelter.com/gallery/Auckland-Hobbit-actors-arrive/G0000CbmMAiaL9yg/

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  9. Hotter than an Aussie summer that man, dang!

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  10. I love the little red splotch on his cheekbone–it looks like someone might have been napping on the plane with his hand tucked under his face. Now that’s an image sure to bring sweet dreams to all in RA land.

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  11. YAY!!! AWESOME!!! THANK YOU!!! He is looking so good!!!

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  12. This was posted on C19 yesterday along with another similar one, but with less of him visible.

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    • Yeah, the other one is in the press set and at Grendel’s mum’s blog.

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    • Where is it at C19? I can’t find it. Someone should make this pic known over there! It’s my favorite now…even over the most recent white T-shirt shot – which was also stunning. Mmm….I wonder what promo shot fan letters receive now?

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  13. Just getting caught up after an evening in Montgomery doing a little shopping and enjoying A Christmas Carol at the Shakespeare Festival. Between the play and the Christmas music on the car radio, finding a Hobbit mag I hadn’t seenm yet AND seeing this–I am very much in a festive spirit. Ho ho ho—ohhh what a sexy man indeed. πŸ˜€

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  14. He has no business looking this fine after a long-haul flight! Oh, yum!

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  15. He looks happy I think which, considering he’s just got off a 24hr flight, must say something about his state of mind regarding the forthcoming premieres. Also love the little curl that sticks up on his crown…just want to go and smooth it down πŸ™‚

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  16. I’ve fallen in love all over again!!! What gets me is the 24h stubble and the denim jean leg tucket into the boot.
    I’m dying here and I need Richard to give me mouth to mouth!!!
    I’m not going to mention how… ahhemmm…. the top part of the trouser looks like he’s wearing a cod piece…will not mention it… will not mention it…. DARN, had to mention it πŸ˜‰

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  17. It’s difficult to have a coherent thought – what with the stubble, the boots, the slightly ruffled bed hair, the black leather and (thanks AgzyM) an indepth look at the (cough) cod piece area but ..that man is just beautiful. First class or not, a 24 hour flight is a killer and i can’t believe how good he looks. I was once upgraded to first class and the only difference at the end was the additional hangover.

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  18. Nice to see Martin Freeman is keeping it real with his plastic bag of duty free too.

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  19. But there’s STUBBLE Servetus! Beautiful, sexy stubble!*sigh*

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  20. OK, there is so much that I could say about this picture, but I’m simply not capable of making logical sentences; I look at this picture and my mind goes blank! When is RA going to realise that he’s killing us by being so humble and sweet and intelligent and then looking like this (if this does not earn him sex-god status with audiences across the world, the people of this world must be blind!)?!
    By the way, is that John Porter’s leather jacket? Are the boots a clever way of keeping a link to Thorin alive so ‘stepping into his boots’ again next year will be easier?
    I can’t get over how happy and relaxed he looks – ‘satisfied’ is the word I would use to describe his state of mind, I think. I couldn’t be happier for him!! *Goes away to look at PJ’s video blog and the new pictures…again*

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    • nice catch — it does look like Porter’s leather jacket.

      Yes, nice to see him happy, especially in a situation where he’d have ever right to look grumpy.

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      • No the JP jacket has buckles at the collar and the waist. This looks new. The jeans and jeans shirt (and MF’s jeans) look brandnew as well.

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        • I’ve been reading a lot in the Guardian about wearing your own jeans thin as opposed to buying jeans that already look distressed. Wonder if that’s what’s going on here πŸ™‚

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  21. So ladies, what will it be for the premiere: sexy designer stubble, or clean-shaven gentleman?

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    • If he truly is hoping to keep instant recognition at bay, he should sport a beard.
      The bit of stubble is absolutely scrumptious. He’ll floor unsuspecting millions if he keeps up that look.
      I can’t stop looking at this pic. Better than the new photo shoot because this is real Richard – unposed – and he still looks utterly divine.

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      • He thinks we are attracted to the characters. Not that there isn’t a lot to attract a girl there. But oh, Richard, there is so much to attract us in your sweet, funny, modest, gorgeous, bright, talented self. *sigh*

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    • I’m guessing clean shaven at this point.

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  22. WOW!

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  23. Freeman has but the worst taste in shoes *shudders*. But I am grateful as it makes Armitage look even better. Not that that is needed – the man oozes sex whatever he does and wears.
    Agzy’s “cod piece” comment had me in stitches. Upon closer look I am annoyed with the photo agency for plastering their watermarks exactly over the spot where I would like to examine the evidence.
    Whoa, it is far too early in the day to have these thoughts. Better get back to work now…

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  24. my bl–dy computer wont show any pictures at the moment!! So I am having to imagine what he looks like, this is unfair as I now have to go and muck out the pigs, though if I can imagine his tight bum in jeans then it will get me through!

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  25. The pic came right this morning and really brightened the day πŸ™‚

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  26. One word : Y U M – he may have gotten snapped because of Martin but how long before those photog will see where the $ is???? Sorry to put it so crude but really ..

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  27. How is it possible that this guy just keeps getting better looking? He is so impossibly gorgeous

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  28. Gosh! What is here to add? All you ladies said it already so elaborately and overjoyed. This picture is just soooo perfect., truly better than the β€žAccionβ€œ shot. He doesn’t need any extra styling! Back in his black leather jacket and those fabulous boots. It almost hurts a bit to look at this pic, if you know what I mean?
    Funny thing is that whenever we think about or when we try to find out where in the world he could probably be in the moment, he’s coming from around another corner ….. He def has become a globetrotter!

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  29. πŸ˜€ Richaaaaard!!!
    PS: now, I have one major request to Agzym!?

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  30. Love the boots. They remind me of the boots my husband wears, combat- work boots. Richard looks great in the stubble also.

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  31. Oooh, I LOVE this pic, too! And he DOES look V happy! AWWWW…

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  32. […] mouth in anticipation, as if the performance of the self doesn’t matter in the very least. Or you’ll walk off a plane with your shirt untucked and your jeans hem bunched up over your boots…, apparently unburdened — at least to our eyes –by the heavy accoutrements of self that […]

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  33. […] New Zealand to begin the press blitz and premiere series back on November 25, 2012. Here’s the original photo with credits. Total swoon at the time — especially over the boots! What I’m referring to tonight is […]

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