So many Armitages to choose from, or: The last week of August 2014

Seeing the photo by Sarah Dunn that Richard Armitage tweeted today, I was thinking about all of the Armitages one could have encountered in the ten days following his birthday. For instance, there was over-excited, ice bucket challenge birthday Armitage, the night I started my journey toward England. I remember where I was when I saw him make the #beardbegone challenge — surfing my laptop, sitting on a sofa in my room in the Holiday Inn Express in Southwark Street — so there was this bacon-covered Richard Armitage that I am guessing was being produced not all that far from where I was staying.


BvylQr4IQAAy_bK.jpg_largeRichard Armitage, photo tweeted August 24, 2014. Source: Richard Armitage on Twitter


Monday night the play was canceled but a lot of people encountered this Richard Armitage on that evening. I’ve talked to at least one fan who ran into him on the street that night and another one who smiled at him in a shop.

That was before I’d seen the play — the next Richard Armitage I encountered was Tuesday night, with him as John Proctor.


The Crucible,Theatre Photocall, The Old Vic Theatre, London,UKRichard Armitage as John Proctor, The Crucible, Old Vic Theatre, June 26, 2014 (i.e., not a photo from that night, but you get the idea). Source: The Geraint Lewis Collection


What an amazing manifestation that was — I think the memory will always leave me a little trembly. Then there was stage door Richard Armitage. Richard Armitage(s), I should stress again, perhaps? I still haven’t managed to make myself look at my photo with him from that night, but here he is at the stagedoor after that performance, an excerpt from this photo.


Screen shot 2014-11-22 at 7.47.04 PMRichard Armitage, after the show, London, August 26th, 2014.


I like the blurriness because that’s how it felt. Dark, exciting, blurry.

Armitage was supposed to do the Empire photo shoot the next day, but it was postponed 24 hours.

During the week I was there, I saw him outside the theater, on the street, five times. No, I never went up to him or even tried to photograph him from afar — but that was a very different Richard Armitage yet again. Neither the joker, nor the character Proctor, nor the actor receiving the accolades of his fans, but a man on a mission walking to work or to home each time. Grey pants, usually no socks, grey converse, dark jacket, often black Nike baseball cap, big silvery headphones, backpack. He looked like someone from the art scene with trendy mainstream accessories.

Dunn took her photos on August 28th. Armitage the poser.


B3EhekrIUAEeJ_4.jpg_largeRichard Armitage, photographed by Sarah Dunn, August 28th, for Empire magazine. Source: Richard Armitage on Twitter


And Armitage tweeted a photo of himself with Dunn, as well as one with Ian McKellen, that same day:

 BwIlKGaIgAAPEWI.jpg_largeIan McKellen and Richard Armitage, August 28th, 2014. Source: Richard Armitage on Twitter


Armitage the friend?

Just the basic circumstances of our lives and our work and the places we go make us into so many different people. All these Richard Armitages, and more that we didn’t see.

~ by Servetus on November 23, 2014.

3 Responses to “So many Armitages to choose from, or: The last week of August 2014”

  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


  2. Richard with many phases, like the moon , changes with his role, but remains the moon that he is. I see him in every character he plays, shaven , hirsute, costumed made no difference.Perhaps, I lose something in the bargain, but come to think of it, I had viewed all my favorites in the same way, except that Richard attempts to explain the motivation and dynamic of his role.


  3. […] about inhabiting consecutive personae that work, not about being one thing for myself, but about being many things for many people. Not about taking on just one more identity battle, but about (as best I can) freeing myself and […]


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