Richard Armitage: “My life hasn’t changed”

At TORn.

And: he’s looking forward to stopping shaving!

Me, too, Richard Armitage.

~ by Servetus on March 18, 2013.

48 Responses to “Richard Armitage: “My life hasn’t changed””

  1. I hadn’t listened to any of these spots ’till now…he does sound pretty stuffed up…hope whatever variety of crud he’s fighting off doesn’t linger.

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  2. Yes, Richard sounds quite nasal. He still looks good though.

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  3. I love his humility – he deflects personal praise by commenting on how well the film has been received and how he thought that was because the book was so well loved, he doesn’t acknowledge his life has changed and isn’t going to admit to an increase in public recognition. Talk about keeping himself grounded – he’s a breath of fresh air.

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    • Yeah, I felt that was really skillful, too. He does a great job of always acknowledging the people who work with him, as well.

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  4. That outfit. O_O He’s looking good it hurts. I hope more Magazine shoots with the beard. ^__^

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  5. Charming as always 🙂
    “I don’t go out!”..ha ha ha.. it’s funny cuz it’s true 😀

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  6. He looks adorable. I think he disarms reporters with his charm and then, because he is so aw-shucks nice, they don’t press the point when he deflects the answers. It’s like everyone who meets him goes into protective mode and/or are simply hypnotized by his gorgeous face, smile, voice and hands. The devilish streak in me wants to have the chance to interview him and not let him get away with it by following up one of his coy answers with: “Oh, really? Are we supposed to believe your life hasn’t changed at all? Not one bit? Everything is the same it was before The Hobbit came out? C’mon, Richard, even you don’t believe that!” I would love to see him squirm in his seat. I would love to make him angry. Ha! He never goes out – oh, please! Yes, Richard, I would love to provoke you and watch the lion roar. hahaha … Oh, boy, I woke up in a very strange mood indeed. 😉

    Have a great day, everyone! I am off to put together my blog entry for today. [It’s good to see you here, Ga!]

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  7. I don’t believe the only entry he has in his diary is ‘stop shaving’ LOL, just think how many audio books he could record in eight weeks, Naxos said he had the script for 2 weeks and the recording took 2 days 10am to 6pm. if only………………

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    • I think putting it that way understates it, though. He has to read the book, think about voices for each character, learn the pronunciation of all the words (that Heyer vocab is not immediately obvious) and presumably practice both the voices and reading through the text a few times. So maybe it’s two weeks, but it’s probably an intense two weeks. If he doesn’t need the money, it’s a lot of work.

      I think the possibility that he doesn’t need the money any more (or feel he needs it) is strong, because we haven’t seen the usual crop of voice-over ads and documentaries that we saw in the breaks from the series the past few years. Presumably he could still get that work if he needed it.

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  8. I suppose he has learnt not to talk about projects until they are definitely going ahead- he’s had his fingers burnt in the past when he has shared information before the ink is dry on the contract. The Rover would be a classic example.

    But I hope he has squeezed in an audio book or two…

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    • It would be neat. But I’ve had enough Heyer (sorry Heyer-lovers). It would be neat if he could do some of the edgy, twentieth-century stuff that he likes to read.

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  9. Does anyone know where he is residing at present? Is he more or less recognizable depending on his location: UK or USA, or NZ? Did the interviewer mean is he recognizable as Thorin? That would be a stretch. I guess she meant recognizable from being himself in interviews.

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    • As far as we know he is currently in London. He also has a place in NYC. That’s where he was until he flew to London for the DVD press junket.

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      • Thanks for the info. He doesn’t seem to draw attention to himself when he is not working. (PR being work, as well as acting.) Oh well, being a man of mystery seems to work for him, we are all waiting for the next tidbit of news, no matter how inconsequential. I am not complaining, just a little frustrated.

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    • I would think in NY he is less likely to be recognized as the British audience is familiar with his TV characters that look more like himself. He did a lot of (video) interviews but mostly for movie and entertainment websites, only a few TV shows and magazines that reach a broad audience. Press’ interest in him is still zero it seems. For his fans it may be working but without presence in the media he will never become a recognizable name.

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      • Has he ever said he wanted to be “a recognizable name”? That kind of seems like the opposite of what he might want, given his behavior.

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        • I’d guess also that there is a big difference between a name recognizable to industry insiders, and the media version of the same… It all depends on what he is looking to do I suppose.

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          • I think we shouldn’t discount the possibility that he really is working on either a Richard III project, or some other step into producing, directing, etc.

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            • Yup…a lot can be going on that isn’t going to attract media attention at this stage – part of the fun right of speculating right?

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              • I also wonder if there hasn’t been a difference in the consequences to him of playing Thorin vs other, earlier roles and if that isn’t changing how he operates after leaving a role. I think that’s the first time that he played a character for that long consecutively (266 days?) without a break. And it was a very demanding role. That’s different than playing even the problematic Guy, from whom he had two six-month long breaks — and into whom he had to magically jump after six months of Lucas North. The whole thing probably operates on a different scale, emotionally …

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                • Yeah, Thorin does seem to be a pretty all consuming role – to leave, and then to resume. In a sense, maybe shooting Black Sky, in such a completely different genre, could have channeled out some of that pent up angst – catharsis in a wind tunnel? Might be easier to get back into Thorin in May if no one else is rattling around in there? Question…how do these people (RA and the like, who seemingly become someone else for a time) stay sane?

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        • Being a recognizable name for the audience is incredibly useful, I sometimes think, it is much more important than being a good actor. In many case we know who is famous not because we have seen their work, but because they are constantly in the press. Some time ago RA went to the premier of a play in NY. We only know that because someone tweeted about it. Dan Stevens and a ton of other people were at the same event and there are pics of them on celebrity websites. Does that mean RA doesn’t pose for photographs or no-one is interested in photographing him?

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  10. I agree, Jane, and the only reason I want him to become a more recognized actor is so he will be offered more work that we fans can enjoy. I would think the more famous he becomes (cross your fingers) the more work he will be offered and the more choices he can make with his career path. Whatever he wants to do, with fame, hopefully comes freedom to choose projects he likes. And we fans win too, if we can see him in new endeavors more than once a year.

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  11. Frankly, I’m wondering if he is not as much in demand as we thought he would be. Maybe the long break is for personal reasons or he feels he can take time to choose the next project really carefully, or there is more to RIII then we know – but not working for such a long time is totally uncharacteristic for him. I would have expected he would grab every opportunity to work in the US. Before we know which kind of project he can get now, we have no idea to what extend the Hobbit was a breakthrough – or not.

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    • Maybe he is writing a screenplay, maybe there is something going on with his family, maybe he met someone and is nesting or hopefully – as it has been mentioned – he is recording some audiobooks. Another possibility is that he finally has the money to buy that chalet in France, something he would not tell the press, even though he was asked point blank if he had splurged on anything. If he did buy it, he could be having it decorated and ready for his friends and family. Who knows…the possibilities are endless. I just worry that the delay with Black Sky (which might turn out to be a dud) and his lack of official involvement in other projects might be a sign that casting directors are not interested but, frankly, how is that even possible?!
      He has worked so hard for so long…I really want to see him top the A-list!
      Benedict, on the other hand, seems to have a triple whammy going on!

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      • I don’t think he already has a million to spare for a chalet in France, or more precisely, I think he has but there are wiser investments. The ski chalet really would be a luxury, not taking precautions for the future. 🙂

        On the other hand I don’t think there is any need for audiobooks right now. I know fans love them, but audiowork is really just a filler, they do nothing for his career. During his TV days it was a nice bit of additional money, but now he is paid on a different level.

        He is at such an important point of his career and while the Hobbit momentum may last a little longer (or may not even be in full swing yet), it won’t last forever.

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        • Jane, I have to respectfully disagree with you about the audiobooks. Yes, they do “nothing” for his career publicly, but Richard himself has said he does them because they are crucial to him as exercise in the use of his instrument – his voice. I don’t have the link right now, but he talked about this very clearly in a commentary for Naxos, explaining that in his television work he has mostly used his body to act instead of his voice, because there haven’t been long passages of dialogue like in a play. He said that when he records an audiobook, he needs to concentrate and pay attention to “the essential word”, which he said a writer like Ms. Heyer mastered. So, while recording the audiobooks does not make him a bigger star or a richer one, they have been essential to his development as an actor. I don’t see them as filler and I highly doubt he does either, especially when he puts so much work into them, most especially when he told Martin Freeman he does not do impressions because “I am not good with voices”!

          As for the rest of his career, I believe his man competition right now is Benedict Cumberbatch, whose fame will explode this Summer when the second Star Trek movie comes out. The man has the double whammy of a third season of Sherlock coming up by the end of the year so, if the movie is an international hit, he will become a hot commodity. Oh, and there’s also the bit about a famous dragon that took Erebor from Thorin. The potential for irony seeping into real life in that scenario makes me chuckle.

          I honestly don’t know if Richard desires to become a Hollywood leading man. He may very well desire to remain a constantly employed character actor in movies. Whatever he wants, he needs to make friends in Hollywood with the power players. Although he has spent time in LA, he has decided to establish his second base in NYC and has given reasons for that. I may or may not buy them, but that’s another story. Of course, if Black Sky turns out to be a good movie and does well at the box office, if Richard’s movie can open at number 1, his agent will immediately be swamped with scripts.

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          • But he doesn’t say audiobooks are the only thing he can do to work on his “instrument.” I think if that were true, we’d have a lot more of them by now. Naxos sounded regretful when they reported (whenever that was) that they didn’t have him under contract for more. I think I also read that “Venetia” was their bestselling audiobook that year.

            To me it seems like a lot of stressful work for relatively little money. Naxos is really the bargain basement of audiobook production. If I were he, I’d want to do a more prestigious project that would be likely to generate better royalties.

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          • BC has a lot more lined up then Sherlock and Star Trek. There is the Wikileaks movie he is currently filming, Osage County with Meryl Streep, produced by George Clooney, and Twelwe Years as a Slave with Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. I don’t know how big is parts are, as IMDb is misleading, but it doesn’t get much better then that.

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            • That’s right! I had forgotten it. Well, you are right, it doesn’t get much better than working with Meryl Streep, does it? No offense against the other fine actors, of course, but Meryl is the Queen of Acting, isn’t she?

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              • I don’t know how we could know, since Meryl Streep is one of 3 women over 50 total who actually get cast in major roles. My friend Didion has an award in her annual “La Jefita” awards for “Best Performance in a Role for an Older Woman not played by Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren.” I personally think that while Streep was a great actor thirty years ago, now she’s mostly a mimic (in the roles she’s most lauded for).

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        • He’ll get another push in nine months again, though. It’s a bit hard to see exactly what he should have done. The Hobbit wrapped in July. He went to Comic-Con, he shot another film. Then he had two free months. Not enough time to do a series, that’s for sure. The preparation for the Hobbit premiere began toward mid-November and took up the entire month, followed by the holiday break. Again, probably not enough time to do a tv series before he had to be on set again in New Zealand. Stage work impossible to do because he couldn’t have put aside enough time for rehearsals and even a beginning run of a play. Now he’ll be busy from May till at least mid-summer again.

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          • I was thinking that too, since Black Sky wrapped, there hasn’t been a significant window of time to really fit much of anything in. Perhaps the best time to rest, reflect, regenerate, etcetera.

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            • yeah, and if he does British tv, he has to sign a three year contract, and if he does US tv, it’s usually a seven year contract. That’s a big commitment to make at this point. Hell, I’m not an actor and I’d hesitate to take work on those terms.

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              • It really would be – it’s got to be a really hard place to be in some respects…maybe more security in one direction but may just MORE in the other.

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              • He could have done the pilot season but I don’t think he has enough time in spring/summer to work on a series. I was surprised to read that Lee Pace got a lead in a pilot, but I guess he doesn’t need to grow a beard and is probably only needed in NZ for a few scenes and not the whole time. Still, I would have thought he would pursue a film career after having been in the Hobbit, Twilight and Lincoln, instead of going back to TV.

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                • OK, but you want him to do a major and highly sought after role; you weren’t satisfied with Black Sky. I still don’t see how he’s going to have been able to fit anything with a shoot longer than a month in.

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    • Jane, aren’t you the person who’s been urging him *not* to take whatever’s offered first, to sit back and consider options and wait till something he really likes comes along? Now he has that possibility …

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      • Yes, it is a bit ironic that I am complaining again! 🙂 I guess he gets offered a lot of rubbish, bad action movies or romantic comedies. Hollywood produces so much of that and I’m afraid the natural choice for the few good dramas that get made is Benedict Cumberbatch. By the end of the year that guy will be a superstar and celebrated as the next acting god. I was just expecting RA to follow his usual pattern and take whatever he can get. And moving to the US and getting a stylist etc. seemed to indicate that he was ready to do whatever is needed. If he chooses carefully, I’m all for it, I just would like to know where he stands.

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  12. Yeah I have been wondering a lot about everything you have discussed here. Wonder what his future plans are. Maybe The Hobbit was a very big thing for him that he isn’t really sure of what to do next or maybe he has some secret projects going on.
    And hope everything is fine with him otherwise,sorry just can’t help worrying a little bit for him. He’s such a sweet soul. Hope he can choose now what he really wants to do, whether it’s making movies, tv-series, audiobooks, theater, staying home sleeping, finding a girlfriend, what ever.

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    • honestly, the way he seems in press right now is completely positive. There was one point, around 2009, where things he said led one to think he was getting frustrated, but he doesn’t seem that way know — he’s still on a euphoric high from TH and will probably project that for at least another year … good for him.

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      • Actually (and this from me!) – in the latest round of interviews he gave the impression of someone who is content with where he is in life personally and professional. Perhaps a break is really what he needed or there are things he doesn’t tell. Especially when he was asked about RIII and future projects and didn’t gave the answers we hoped for, he didn’t came across like someone who is depressed or frustrated because things aren’t gong to plan at all!

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        • I agree, he didn’t. And honestly, although I was also hoping for more information about R3, I wasn’t expecting it and I’m confused as to why so many fans were expecting him to say something on BBC Radio Leicester of all places. If you don’t have ink on the contract and you’re still in negotiations, why would you further commit yourself? He’s made it abundantly clear for seven years now that such a project interests him.

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          • When time is ripe there will be a press release about whatever project he does next, I never expected him to announce anything in an interview. And what is the point in letting leak that a actor in in the run for this or that role when it isn’t definite? We learned about most of his projects really late, he must have known about the Hobbit for ages (he said he met GdT) and CA and BS probably didn’t materialized suddenly out of nowhere either.

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            • yeah, he never said how he got BS. And he has a tendency to describe his life in very “accidental” terms, so who knows if we can take the story about how he got CA at face value 🙂

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