*ooof*: Ladykiller

Does Richard Armitage know what he is doing to us? I mean, really, there I was last weekend – an *ooof* for my regular Tuesday slot half written, happily ensconced in some seriously theoretical research for it (it’s time for some brain-numbing semiotics again, ladies), confident that I would have a challenging and discussion-provoking blog post out for the upcoming edition of *ooof*. Actually I went to bed on Saturday night with the bodies of *two* *ooof*s half written and under my belt. – And then all hell broke loose again. The surfacing of a number of press shots from the BAFTA LA Tea Party event kind of cancelled all my wanking waxing theoretical with one fell swoop. I had to send in the First Response Unit with an emergency *ooof* in order to prevent collective fandom demise. Which in turn rendered my former plans for the regular Tuesday *ooof* null and void: Nothing as old as the Ben Rayner shots that I had been slowly working my way through before “Napecurlgate” hit on Sunday morning, GMT+1.

So, scrapped were good old Barthes and Rayner. But what to write about? If truth be told, I just could not come up with a proper topic for this week’s regular *ooof* after the devastating effect of the BAFTA shots. I demurred and dithered. I wanted to discuss another BAFTA Tea Party shot, but I just could not find the photography handle on it apart from the given drooling and general gushing. I scrutinized the BAFTA Tea Party shots over and over and over again, searching for inspiration yeah right. Really intensely. And discovered that some shots are bigger than others… (cue appropriate soundtrack, courtesy of The Smiths, 1985).

CA: BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea

Armitage in full-length splendour at BAFTA TV Tea Event, 2013
Image Sourced via RAnet

How lucky we are that occasionally a shot slips through at hi-res. I could not resist clicking on it. And was not disappointed. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes, doing so. As a regular fashion-illiterate appreciater of Racandy, my initial reaction was to the face and hair of Mr A. For me it is less about the “look” and more about the “feel” of a the subject. I wish the experience actually were more tangible than it is – after all there is no touching and feeling of the cute curls, the precious peaches or the thunderous thighs. Whether I am shooting myself or just appreciating other photographers’ work – the fashion statement is last on my list. And thus it did not occur to me that Mr A had decided on the controversial choice of knee-padded denims and brown shoes to a largely blue/grey outfit. If at all registering the clothes he was wearing, I was more focussed on the textures and how they translate into a two-dimensional representation.

Photographers, in general, couldn’t care less about the fashion statement contained in an image. Unless fashion is the focus of a shot, of course. What we care about is whether the clothes make it easier – or harder – for us to take a good picture. Mr Armitage, who, as we have been reliably informed, “dressed himself” for the appearance (thanks, Ilaria Urbinati, I am still giggling about the way you phrased this, and I am thinking, that maybe I was not that far off with my recent ficlet… ), presents us with a mixed bag of items here. Simplicity always works best in photography. Bold patterns and colours draw away the attention from the most important part of a portrait – the face – and luckily neither are visible in this shot. Generally, muted, dark colours are good on camera. They set off the skin and face of the wearer nicely, allowing the skintone of the subject to contrast with the clothes. (Turn this statement around when applying the theory to a person of dark skin colour.) Light and bright clothing tends to draw the gaze of the viewer – which takes away from the impact of the face and head – and should therefore be avoided. Worst offenders are flesh-coloured items of clothing – absolute no-no! And thirdly, dark tones tend to have a slimming effect *coughs*. Not that RA needs any slimming – he’s pretty perfect, no, pretty *and* perfect, as he is. But most other mere mortals can appear slimmer when wearing dark tones as the material will throw back less light and thus not reflect possible ridges, creases and bulges. In our subject’s case, the denims and the grey jacket are nicely toned down in colour – not bold and neither black and therefore not swallowing the light.

stripe effect

Psychedelia, here I come.

However, Mr A wears a stripey shirt, and those can often cause unsightly effects as the lines appear to “flutter” on camera. Just check this little screenshot of the image: Psychedelia, here I come… If I didn’t already have hallucinations, now I do. Although I prefer mine to this nauseating effect. Similarly, shiny materials and metal accessories can produce unwanted reflections, throwing light back into the camera and creating white highlights that are a pain to remove in post-production – tie clips are culprits (so glad that my abhorrence of the Armitage tie-clip from the “World’s End” premiere gets validated by a good reason here, too). When “dressing himself” for his attendance of the event, Mr A obviously did not take into account that he might be photographed full-length – which includes his feet/shoes in the shot. Here, as much as we may like the imperfection of the entire ensemble, RA falls down, figuratively speaking, as he does not match his shoes with the colour of the rest of his outfit. Visually, they stand out, due to their different colour.

Out of RA’s control, but just as a last point for you, my dear readers, to bear in mind, should you book yourself in for a portrait session with the photographer of your choice, is the background of a shot. If you are being shot in front of a black background, you should avoid wearing black – it’ll be swallowed up and your head and exposed skin will float disconnectedly in space. A darkish, yet not black colour will suffice. Likewise, when being photographed in front of a white backdrop, as is currently quite the craze for family photos, you should avoid wearing white garments. Again, a muted, only mildly patterned garment is ideal, defining your body while not taking away the attention from the face. – In the case of the BAFTA Tea Party event, the background was dark grey, with unsightly advertising logos, against which the grey jacket and denims did not stand out *quite* as much as desirable. However, since *you* find the subject so desirable, I bet you didn’t notice or mind… *ggg*. So, all considered, I think we can give Mr A a rating of 8 out 10 stars for his appearance at the BAFTA Tea Party, with a couple of bonus stars, simply for putting on the smoulder and letting his hair curl so adorably in his nape.

As for a ficlet… Look what I found in the press:

epidemic ficlet

Hehe, here is the full text:

Mystery bug strikes at industry event.

Los Angeles/Guylty. A mysterious epidemic is sweeping LA, leaving the victims vision impared and incapable of speech. The first signs of the epidemic were discovered on Saturday, September 21st, at an industry event in the run-up to the Emmy Awards ceremony.

In a bizarre pattern, the killer bug was spread in the hospitality area of the hotel first where actors and celebrities were met by the waiting press for the customary photo call. A number of female journalists and photographers spontaneously fainted and had to be attended to by paramedics. The victims were unable to articulate themselves even after they had been stabilised and taken to the surrounding hospitals. After clearing the area of attendees, the bug spread to the terrace outside where celebrities and guests had assembled for a reception. LA hospitals are still trying to cope with the appearance of an as yet unseen epidemic of worrying proportions. Isolated cases were later reported in an upmarket, downtown-LA hotel and at an ice-cream parlour on Sunset Boulevard.

The line of investigation is focusing on a number of leads, trying to find common denominators among the currently known facts: Almost all of the victims are women, however, they are coming from all age groups and ethnic backgrounds. It is yet unclear why particularly females have been struck down by the mysterious killer bug whereas no male attendees were affected. However, a growing body of evidence seems to point to an as yet unproven hypothesis that puts actor Richard Armitage at the centre of the investigation. According to a police spokesman, the actor left a trail of fainting females in his wake when he appeared at the BAFTA Tea Party event in Beverly Hills. Armitage has refuted any wilfull action on his part, citing his own participation in rescue efforts when a number of victims collapsed directly in front of his eyes. Armitage’s publicist was not available for comment.

Reports have also reached this publication that milder symptoms of a similar epidemic have been noted all over the world, soon after the press reports of the BAFTA event were published on Saturday evening. While none of the international victims required immediate medical assistance, unconfirmed reports state that temporary speech empediments and bouts of fainting affected a number of women engaged in remote-covering the event.

Previously, similar symptoms had been seen at the London premiere of the Hobbit and the Wellington event for the film “The World’s End”. Medical experts and police investigators are still trying to find the common denominator for the occurrance of the epidemic bug that has been informally christened the “Ladykiller”.

All text © Guylty at me + richard armitage, 2013. Please credit when using excerpts and links. Images and video copyrights accrue to their owners.

~ by Guylty on September 25, 2013.

110 Responses to “*ooof*: Ladykiller”

  1. Your ficlet is simply irresistible! hilarious, funny and… oh, so true, at least regarding “temporary speech empediments and bouts of fainting affected a number of women engaged in remote-covering the event. ” I still have to recover myself and still pondering about which role RA is preparing letting grow his hair… 😛
    Thanks for your *ooof*, interesting and informative as usual. I hate striped shirt, above all when I have to iron them. I risk my poor eyes every time! But shirt + jacket were perfect and divine on him. I will forgive the shoes, even if I feel the urge to fly to LA, find him and throw them in the nearest dustbin (well, after I have done some other more interesting things *cough*).

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    • hey Micra – you are so quick, how do you do it, girl :-D… Thanks for commenting and reblogging! xx
      The stripey shirt is not really my thing. The only good thing about shirts is that they allow the top buttons to be opened for a bit of chest to peep out *ahem*. Plus, they make a nice sound when you rip them off.
      Wondering now what “interesting things” you’d be up to *hehe*…

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  2. Very cute Guylty. You already bested me in the emergency *oof.* Can’t think what to write next! *resumes looking at Guy like hair* Siiigh.

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    • Thanks Judi. Hey, I am not besting anyone. Ficlet responses have no deadline and no half-time. *ggg* I hope there will be some massive inspiration from staring at the Guy-llet *ggg*

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  3. Dear Guylty, so this is the work you “pull out of your hat” at short notice and under pressure… AND you’ve added a wonderful ficlet… (*starts feeling inferior and in dire need of rethinking own quality of posts*).
    Can I just PLEASE ask people to lay off those darned shoes! I think they are cute and show he has a sense of humour about fashion (or maybe it looks fun unintentionally, but still). I need Servetus to chime in on the issue, especially that it’s her field of expertise 😉

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    • Many thanks, Agzy – one does what one can :-). It was quite a labour of love…
      Oh, and don’t get me wrong: I like the shoes *especially* because they are scruffy. But I don’t like the combo with the grey/ denim outfit…

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    • oh dear, do you like those shoes? I’m actually a bit biased here, because I really don’t like brown shoes at all, for me also. But that light brown is… nor leather brown nor dark brown (don’t know the English word for it, we call it Testa di moro). Of course I don’t care at all how RA *dresses himself* and I prefer him this way then styled by Ilaria sometimes (Tokyo, NY anyone?). However, I must confess that for most part of my naughty thoughts clothes and accessories aren’t necessary 😛

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      • I think probably you wouldn’t even notice them with a lighter denim or khaki colored trouser…more the contrast than the shoe I mean 🙂

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        • yes, I totally agree. It is the contrast that hit. With khaki trouser they would be perfect. And he doesn’t have little feet, of course, so you see his shoes very well. I, with a mere 34 (size 3 or less), have not this problem 😀

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      • *ggg* Well, I bow down to Italian style any time, Micra – I am a self-confessed fashion ignoramus. The shiny Tokio suit was not to my liking at all – although the tightness of the trousers certainly appealed. And as you said – it is far more interesting what lies beneath. If truth be told, I could easily ignore the worst of all fashion mistakes on him…

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    • I love the way he looks. I love the way he dresses. 😀 I especially love that he doesn’t spare a thought that his stripy shirt could presumably cause problems for the photographers. I love that breach of style and as Agzy has put it, his sense of humour (earns him an extra big kiss from me!!) in the form of this really outstanding boots! Sigh……

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  4. Love, love, love!!! Now, where were you last year when we had portraits done…the floating heads in the back row could have used your advice…alternately, the portrait photog could have flipped the back drop when we all strolled in in grey and black. (Now out of business…perhaps not so surprising 🙂 ).

    I really like those boots, just not o much with this ensemble where they really do jump out in a kind of jarring way.

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  5. I have to admit that I didn’t even notice the padded knees and the shoes as I was too busy just drinking in his image as a whole; mostly his face and hair.(There’s a single strand of hair hanging down onto his forehead, which just makes one want to push it up again…)

    And actually, I rather like it when he ‘dresses himself” and so out comes the black leather, blacks and blues and the Belstaff jacket and because that’s the real RA…

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    • Glad to see there are other fashion-challenged ladies here, who see the label of the trousers last and actually focus minutely on the face. Yes – that single hair. Oh, to be that single hair, so close to that scar… *ggg*
      RA should definitely continue to put his boots on on his own. Always unexpected and real.
      Thanks for commenting, jh.

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    • jh – I’m glad you said so, because I also like it when he “dresses himself” and sometimes I truly miss that RA, and yes, that’s the real man 🙂 🙂

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  6. Oh the dreaded stripes! RA had the same photo problem with one of his 2006 Vic & Al pix shirt. Ha! But all in all, Richard Armitage is definitely a lady “devastator”. Ha!

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    • Well remembered, Grati – I picked on that nasty shoot in a *spooof* post, long ago. Ok, I am just not fond of stripes on camera, that’s all. Looks great in RL, I am sure, just doesn’t translate well on film.
      Devastator? Definitely!

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  7. ALLS I CAN SAY IS …

    I LOVE THE HAIR!!!

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  8. Blaue, sehr angenehme Seuche. Folgen? Du fällst um, liegst, fühlst nichts, du siehst nichts. Die Gesichtsmuskeln im Engelslächeln und in der albernen Sprachlosigkeit erstarrt. Nur für die Nichteingeweihten ist das gefährlich, denn im Allgemeinen ist es dir wunderbar. Du willst es wiederholen, wenn du irgendwelchen roten Teppich oder ein gestreiftes Hemd siehst. Sucht. Betäuber, gelähmter Verblöder. Eine Glückstonne mit den Löckchen. Es ist dir von diesen Löckchen süß, also hoop!
    Ich habe einen guten Humor, Guilty. Danke.
    A teraz po naszemu: „A planety szaleją, szaleją, szaleją…“

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    • Kofika!!!!!!!!!! Ist Deutsch deine bevorzugte Sprache or would you like me to answer in Enhlish?
      Das ist wunderschön, was du da geschrieben hast. Ich liebe es – voller Poesie, und einem Quentchen Wahnsinn, genau wie diese RA-Sucht auch ist, lyrisch, und gleichzeitig verrückt. Wenn dies eine Antwort auf mein Ficlet ist, dann hast du mich tausendfach übertroffen. “Engelslächeln. Sucht. Betäuber, gelähmter Verblöder. Es ist dir von diesen Löckchen süß.” Ungewöhnlich ausgedrückt, am Rande des grammatikalisch falschen, aber in der Wirkung einfach fantastisch. Und ja: der Planet wird verrückt, verrückt, verrückt!
      Danke für diesen wunderbaren Kommentar!

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      • Oh ja, das ist ganz wundervoll!!!

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      • Der heutige Tag hat so sympathisch angefangen. Ich bedanke mich sehr für so nette Worte, Guilty. Ehrlich gesagt, bin ich echt überrascht. Ich schreibe/schrieb im Allgemeinen viel und es ist mir wirklich schwer, dieses in einer anderen Sprache als Polnisch auszudrücken, was ich sagen möchte. Tatsächlich habe ich Problem, wenn ich mich aus dem Polnischen zu übersetzen versuche, weil ich das auf Polnisch schreibe, was irgendwie poetisch zu sein scheint, wie mir Asia/Joanna geschrieben hat. Weiß ich das? Ich schreibe irgendwas, was als übersetzt merkwürdig klingt, was mir einmal gesagt wurde. Da kann man nichts machen, nur so “merkwürdig” kann ich, hahahaha.. … Einen angenehmen Tag, Guilty.

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        • Dein erster Kommentar war wunderbar – gerade WEIL deutlich war, dass er von einem Nicht-Muttersprachler war. Grammatikalisch korrekt, aber in der Ausdrucksweise so ungewöhnlich, dass er reine Poesie war. Mir gefällt das sehr gut. Und weil ich genau weiß, was du meinst, wenn du schreibst, dass es schwierig sein kann, sich in einer Fremdsprache präzise auszudrücken, schätze ich es sehr, dass du dir die Mühe machst, so ausführlich zu kommentieren. Dein Deutsch ist sehr gut!
          Dir einen schönen Abend zurück – und: ich finde es toll, wie international und mehrsprachig dieser Kommentarstrang nun geworden ist. Fühle dich herzlich eingeladen, hier jederzeit auf Deutsch zu kommentieren. Polnisch spreche ich zwar nicht, aber Google Translate hilft 🙂 xx

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    • ” się smieją, się smieją, się smieją ” 😀 niezliczona ilosc planet wokół tego słońca, ((( Kofiko ))).

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      • Moja planetka dziś po przetoczeniu, więc kręci się wolniutko i bardzo spóźniona, Asiu. Wczoraj szalał na niej duży „Gupi” Jaś. Ale kto mi pisał, że jak nie boli, to trzeba się śmiać? Właśnie patrzę sobie w te duże i szare oczy. Tak po polsku, śląsku, góralsku, czesku i cieszyńsku, a przede wszystkim po ludzku bardzo piękne są i zawsze będą. Cholera, nie będę kasować tego wyznania przyjaźni. TE dziewczyny zrozumiałyby, co wyraźnie czuję. A wina też bym się napiła… Z przyjacielem zawsze. Wiele zwrotnych uścisków, Asiulko. Na zdrowie…

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        • Jak mogłyby Ciebie nie zrozumieć?.. przecież wszystkie jestesmy z tej samej “planety”.. pragniemy tego samego dla siebie i przyjaciół 🙂
          Twoje Zdrowie Kofiko!

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  9. Wait, what? He participated in rescue efforts? I should have known that LA’s the place to be!

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  10. I know. I fainted in the wrong location.

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  11. Hilarious ficlet,Guylty 🙂 Thanks for giggle!
    I’m trying to cure myself with a glass of wine at the moment….luckily some photos are bigger then others 😉 *thud*________________

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  12. Oh, even with the moiré pattern on his shirt, Richard is adorable! SIGH…. These ooofs are all kinda emergency ooofs now, Guylty…. I hate to say it but I think I’m addicted to them!

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  13. Well it is quite the sense of humor for $900 with those shoes but to each his own. My friend said they were fine. I still say not for that outfit but only for that outfit really. They simply stuck out like a sore thumb. They aren’t bad shoes mind you and maybe others think we feel they are ugly or something. It isn’t that at all really. They are fine, just not with that. Enough said on the shoes, he can wear what he wants of course.

    Great ficlet guylty and so true. He was like a figure from a romance novel really and all you needed was the wind blowing his hair and a beautiful woman in his arms.

    So many great points on photography and truly we did focus in on the face I think first off or I did and still do though naturally you can’t avoid the rest. Not fond of the denim look there but can certainly see where the shirt plays havoc with lighting and such. His face as just beautiful. Definitely an “old Hollywood” look. If he did it all himself then I agree definitely at least a “B” for that, shows he has learned a great deal in the last year or so. Now lets see how he dresses for the press junket coming for the Hobbit. Will we get our comfy warm Richard or the new stylized Richard, the Ladykiller?

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    • Thanks Peggy! And yeah, we’ve done the shoes/boots now *ggg*.
      As for what we can expect in the future – I cannot even say what I would prefer to see, the boy-next-door or the Ladykiller… Well, no, come to think of it, probably the boy-next-door. But if he’s really clever, he’ll continue doing what he is doing now – throwing a spanner into the Ladykiller works by adding one incongruous detail to the otherwise devastating perfection. You know – a shirt opened one button too many. A tie not quite straight. A chunky belt on a formal pair of trousers. The devil is in the detail…

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  14. Love his hair, love his jacket, padded knees??????? All the better to bend down on one knee and worship me as I walk by, I guess. I have always thought the brown shoes, boots, whatever they are looked like clown shoes. They taper on the sides and flair out at the toes. Imagine them in red. Clown shoes all the way. But to be perfectly honest, who cares about his clothes?

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  15. Love it!!!! Your bit about the mysterious epidemic sweeping LA was such a joy to read. Although I’m afraid the epidemic is quite real as I’ve been experiencing symptoms since December of last year!!! 🙂

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  16. Is a discreet tie clip preferable to a long tie flapping in the wind? 🙂

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    • Hm, I am undecided on that one, fitzg. If truth be told, I am not a fan of ties and formal wear, full stop. Not sure why the tie clips put me off so much – being reminded of 1980s fashion, probably 😀

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  17. Kind of late to the party but I’ll chime in.

    These light brown shoes are too jarring with the outfit. I think a dark brown would be been better but black would be the best choice given the blue and gray tones in the outfit.

    I also didn’t care for the upturned hem. It breaks the line and while he’s tall enough to get away with this, it doesn’t look as polished as it could.

    But despite all this, I was drooling over these photos last Saturday night when they first came through on my FB newsfeed.

    “Ladykiller” bug indeed! I’ve been infected for a while and I don’t want to be cured. 😉

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    • Comments are open until eternity, Little Red 🙂 I am happy for anyone to voice their opinion (especially if they share mine *hahaha*).
      The Ladykiller bug is scary – this was only one isolated event. Who knows what’s gonna happen when the Hobbit promo starts… I am considering getting some oxygen masks in.

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  18. Ups – bit late to jump on the bandwagon. But hey, there is still some real life (wasting my precious time to dribble over new pics). To answer your question: yes, I think he knows exactly what he does to you / to us. Not that I really think he spends his time on the blogs dedicated to him – but what for has he got a (probably highly paid) management? I can imagine some some poor sod spending his/her time wading through the puddles all of us are leaving on various blogs to get a feeling for the fanbase. Wonder how much influence this has on his management’s decisions what he has to do / events he has to attend / roles he should audit for?

    I think posts like yours are very influential to what we will see in future. At least I hope so. I like your taste. 🙂

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    • My thoughts exactly.

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      • Thank you ricardiana! Glad I am not alone with my opinion. I love the thought that we have some kind of influence to the life and career of Mr. A. Or better: that our positive support helps him and his management to make the best for him.

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        • Oh, I simply think there’s some marketing involved and that “feeling the pulse” must be happening. But I like to think it’s not a major factor.

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    • Oh my God – that thought scares me to death, someone using my *subjective* view of things to gauge general opinion. Mind you – I think it is more the responses to my posts in the comment section that are interesting for getting a feel for the fanbase’s opinion than my post that provokes them. I am relieved that I am getting so much feedback 😀 And yeah – I do not believe for one second that RA involves himself in gauging the fan reaction. It would not be good for him to do so – despite the general positivity directed towards him, the individual, occasional criticism hurts even more.
      I do not have any reach as far as a celebrity, but I regularly publish work on the internet in my RL, and as a rule I *never* read the comments on my articles. I let others do that, my boss and colleagues, and they can point out the substantiated criticisms to me. Anything else would put me off forever.
      Thank you for your interesting thought, i.f.

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    • scary 😀

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  19. Scares you to death? You don’t come away so easy. *hähä
    Once you place yourself and your opinions out there in the open you have to be aware that people visualise you (even me little provinzkind had found you in the wonderful world of the wide web – professional internet researchers will have spotted you in a second and immediately subscribed to your blog). And for people working in a fickle business as the showbusiness it is highly important to know what the base is thinking / feeling about what surfaces through marketing. And an event like the Bafta Tea Party is clearly marketing. Worked very well in this case, didn’t it? Please blog what you would like the man to be in and what you expect him to do. Maybe it will work – give it a try. I will happily cheer from the background.
    *clapshandsfrantically

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    • *giggles* Haha, ok, yeah, I suppose I don’t sound very convincing, refuting the possibility of “influencing opinion”. Mind you – it’s not *my* blog, it’s Servetus’s. And the reactions that are visible in the comments are a better measurement than my singular view. In that sense the bloggers are “multiplicators” or amplifiers of opinion.
      This is a really interesting discussion, i.f. It actually merits more than just a dialogue in the comments. I would love to actually talk to a PR insider and find out how much influence bloggers and fans *have*. I do hope that RA is an agent of his own free will, not too much influenced by marketing decisions. And if he *does* react to such things as the fandom collectively swooning over his open collar, then I hope it is his *own* cheeky wish to do so and not a perfidious marketing decision made in a business meeting. Because it would put me off big time if he was nothing but a business commodity. Not to mention that I would feel ashamed and exploited in my naive and well-meaning support and interest.
      As for what I want him to play in – I have repeatedly suggested re-makes of classic films. My top two are “Roman Holiday” and “The Bicycle Thief”. The potential projects with which his name has been mentioned, do not really rock my boat at all. Vampires are not my cup of tea, and he’s done a costume drama (Poldark) before. Let’s see where this will go… 😉

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      • Whatever – I can promise you that you will enjoy his next role. I can talk from experience. I noticed myself watching through so gruesome things like Ultimate Force (for example) and kind of enjoyed it, as Mr. Gorgeous acted in it. It comes with this special kind of fangirling that you come to enjoy (??) stuff you so far strictly refused. Still surprises me to realise and accept this.

        You are right: your post is one thing – the reactions are another thing. Both working perfectly well together to get an impression about what’s going on in RA-world. And I am convinced this is important to the management. I so far follow more than 2 dozend of RA-addicted blogs and not all of them are (as interesting and) as important as me+richard. Small wonder Mme Servetus and Mme Guylty are known as two of the most important (and influential) Generalfeldmarschalls of the Army. I can only guess how many followers you have. No small number, I am sure.
        Believe me: it is important – and it makes a difference – what you post.
        And of course I have to participate on this and desperately need to mention: his belt is off center again in the full length shot. I had been nitpicking on this before.
        *likethisdiscussion

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        • You are very complimentary, i.f., thank you! Ok, I’ll embrace it – and the responsibilty that goes with it. No more crappy suggestions just for the fun of it, such as RA joining True Blood as a werewolf, or playing Pierce Brosnan’s character in Mamma Mia or doing a Terminator remake. It could be taken the wrong way…
          The belt: how did that pass me by? Clearly, I do not let my eye roam where yours do… 😉

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          • *cough – nononono, my eyes do not roam. It’s just that I had been working in fashion for quite some years (in a former life) and some things just stick with you.
            I am terrified to hear about the possibilities of Terminator and Mama Mia and werewolf stuff. I promise to be a good girl for the rest of my life – but pleeeaaase……
            Thanks for giving your recommendation – more stuff I don’t know yet. Will be off to check out Roman Holdiay and Bicycle Thief immediately. Have a nice weekend!

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          • Dead certain, Richard does this on purpose!! His slightly shifted belt is a (hidden) sign to his ever so watchful ladies out there in RArmy world…. (hmmmm..whatever he’s on about…) LOL

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            • *ggg* indeed – he is communicating with little bits like that. Maybe, if we suggest little, almost missable imperfections in his outfit, he could pick them up and show us that way that he reads us???
              So, Richard, if you are reading this: next big event, leave your left trouser leg bunched up on the shoes/boots underneath. *ggg*

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  20. Thank you for the *ooof* and here I am a day late again. But after today a treat for sure. I have been so busy the last couple days, it is crazy.

    I will read the comments later, as I need to go to bed.

    Be still my beating heart, or at least a bit calmer. He is one sexy man!!!!!!!!

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  21. Well there are so many things that Richard could get involved in really and we all have favorites of course. He says that he does read the blogs and such or at least his Army to keep up but that may not be something that continues to last as he becomes more and more busy. Still I can understand we all have our own ideas. Many are tired of the vampire movies but it should be understood that the one that Richard is simply made for and has an interest in himself is not so typical of the general vampire stuff. It is truly more than that. There really is a historical romance there and it is about that more than just this man who is a vampire. Anne Rice it is not. There is the fact that he truly is interested in it as well. Who knows how much he is or isn’t interested in Poldark but word is that he has been selected and I think he does enjoy doing TV especially period pieces. That story might not be true but we won’t know until the so called interview and info about new projects is revealed. One suggestion I did really like was the idea for a remake of Tale of Two Cities. Whatever he does select I am sure we will enjoy it because his talent will shine through and if he doesn’t do what you like this time well maybe the next time right?

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    • Like i.f. Said in a comment, in a way it is great to be forced to watch films from a genre that I am usually not interested in. I love action films, romcoms and sci-fi (weird combo, I know), but fantasy was never on my list. I am broadening my horizon because of him, which is good. So whatever he chooses, I’ll be thrilled to see him and possibly widen my horizon.

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  22. Love the explanation that he might not have thought he’d be pictured full length — that actually makes a LOT of sense to me.

    I guess we’ll see if he ever shows up in a stripey shirt again — this reminds me of that awful V&S shoot 🙂

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    • If he doesn’t, it means he’s read this *ooof*!!! (Or someone has explained the trouble with the stripes to him…)

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      • No criticism to you meant by this statement, but: I hope he doesn’t need to rely on fan bloggers to tell him what to wear, lol 🙂

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        • I am pretty sure he does not need fan bloggers, full stop :-D. And my advice is only really relevant in terms of photography. I am surprised he hasn’t thought about the problems with stripes himself – it is a universal problem when working with cameras, whether stills or video. As someone who works in front of them every day, he ought to know… *tuttuttut* As for the fashion: He’d better not listen to me, anyway, because my fashion sense is dodgy 😀

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  23. […] as soon as thousands of *unsuspecting* females may come across these stamps and the outbreak of the Ladykiller bug will be spread all over the […]

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