Making of Hamlet video interview with Richard Armitage

Source: A.J. Hartley

~ by Servetus on May 16, 2014.

32 Responses to “Making of Hamlet video interview with Richard Armitage”

  1. Reblogged this on Unkraut vergeht nicht….oder doch? and commented:
    Great vid – thanks Serv!

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  2. Oh fabulous. That sounds like a great audio dramatisation. I loved seeing RA act his text in front of the mic, really playing, not just reading the book. This vid may have convinced me to actually get the audiobook. (I was non-plussed until now) And RA is pretty good at advertising Shakespeare and this particular interpretation. Have to watch again :-D, if only to check that weird neck-fold ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • I swear, you could be my twin sister sometimes.

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      • ๐Ÿ˜€ I take it you are also oddly fascinated by the neck fold?

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        • yes, and unimpressed by what I’d heard here to fore of the narration. Armitage is great as always, but I didn’t care for what he was narrating. Also, it’s not available on CD and my place for listening to him these days is pretty much always the car stereo. Given the fact that I get paid the last time today, I had been considering kibitzing on this one … but I really like the remark about how you’re influenced by relatives, people around you, etc.

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          • I have to admit, I was (am?) a bit nonplussed about the “fictionalisation” of Hamlet. Blasphemy? After all, Hamlet is one of the great pieces of dramatic writing. Not that I believe Armitage is in any way an authority of the merits of literary works, but my curiosity is piqued what he said about the schizophrenia of Hamlet as interpreted in the duplicity of Yorick/Hamlet. And then definitely the little tidbit of RA reading/playing the book.
            Vielversprechend!
            Also liked his comparison with Thorin.
            I am actually not an audiobook fan at all. I never listen to them and bought my first audiobook a couple of years ago for my dental restoration sessions. Recently I have decided that I need Lords of the North – it would make my shrining time even better.

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  3. I am not a books on cd consumer, but I have a friend that gets them from the library, so you might avoid buying it. Is that a blasphemous suggestion? Apologies in advance if it is. And BTW, you and Guylty make me feel like such an amateur fangirl when you focus on a neck fold. I had to rewatch the video to notice it. Then I couldn’t believe I missed it in the first place. I am but the humble student. You are the masters.

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    • Right now they’re selling it only as a digital download. I could get it free if I’d sign up for an audible.com subscription, but I need the CDs. I could try to burn it onto a CD, but I don’t know if my car stereo (ca. 2005) will play CDs with mp3s on them, etc., etc.

      Stick with us, Kathy Jones, eventually we will tell you all our secrets.

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      • It looks like burning to CD is what I will be doing Serv, since I listen to audiobooks in the car all the time, and I can’t assume it will eventually be released in a hard copy. Then again, maybe it’s time I learnt how to use the thingummy I have for hooking my iPod up through the car stereo speakers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • I have the iPod but not the input to connect it to the stereo, unfortunately (happens when one buys used cars …)

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      • Like glue. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Love the way he enacts the scenes using his hands. And the voices. And also the parallels he drew between Hamlet and Thorin. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • yeah, that was kind of neat to see — when he’s acting with his voice he experiences what he’s doing somatically as well. There has to be a feedback loop there somewhere.

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  5. I am hearing more than a bit of Tom Orde for Sylvester …

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    • and if you listen to the samples that are available, you will recognize Ophelia as well. I think it’s okay — I mean, how many different voices can one person do?

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  6. Well I actually love audiobooks but I admit I hadn’t thought of reading this one either. Not that I am a huge Shakespeare fan but I have listened or read most. This might just be very interesting and didn’t they do the same to Richard III for film? So I’ve not been sure about getting this one but listening to Richard I can see it might just be a good read or listen and there is always Richard’s voice.

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    • As far as I know there is no traditional book for this title — it will be only an audiobook.

      There are tons of Shakespeare adaptations out there — we’re a little bit on the territory that I was on w/r/t The Hobbit last winter. My position then was, if you know that watching it is going to make you angry, why do it. To me, Hamlet is pretty good the way it is already. I don’t need another one, I’m delighted with the one we have. (I haven’t watched Romeo and Juliet adaptations on film, either, for example, since the really great one from the late 1970s with Olivia Hussey.) So why do I need this one? The question was always going to be, is Armitage’s voice worth it, or will the material just annoy me?

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  7. I admit it. I caved after watching the interview. Now I just need to finish “Urban” before Tuesday . . . ::is weak::

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  8. Since I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare, an adaptation such as this -especially when it’s narrated by RA – introduces me to something I would not have otherwise been interested in.
    I enjoyed this interview, and am fascinated by the glimpse of Richard at work in front of the microphone – I would pay for a video of him narrating an audiobook! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • now there’s a thought. I would, too. Hours and hours of him pointing, swallowing, saying, can we start over again, scratching his nose …

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  9. I was already an audiobook fan of fairly long standing – all Mr.A’s fault of course! – and at a dear DiL’s suggestion, have been a subscriber to Audible for many months now. I pre-ordered Hamlet as soon as I possibly could and await it’s release even more eagerly after watching this. I was fortunate when I ordered it as, having a credit, it cost me nothing, even though I would happily have paid twice what it cost!

    Not being a huge Shakespeare fan in general, the fact that this has been written as a novel doesn’t put me off for a moment. I have loved reading since I was a child, continue to do so and happily read books from many different genres, but I don’t pretend to be a purist when it comes to adaptations of books, so I’m not one to get upset when things stray from canon. I just enjoy them for what they are. I read and/or listen for my own pleasure after all and listening to Richard narrate is just that and more! ๐Ÿ˜‰ When it does arrive, I will now have the added pleasure of imagining him as I see him here while I listen to that amazing voice! How can that be bad? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. It’d be worth buying for just fot a white noise……

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    • yeah, which I would have done for sure had it been buyable on CDs. I guess I’m going to buy it anyway, after this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. O-O I did not understand a single word! 8)` Must close my eyes!

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