Richard Armitage interviewed last night: And this was the guy who asked for beard suggestions?

At Access Hollywood. Warning, fan bashing question from reporter and Armitage responds in kind. Why do fans cosplay Thorin, Mr. Armitage? We talked about it last year. Sigh.

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14 Responses to “Richard Armitage interviewed last night: And this was the guy who asked for beard suggestions?”

  1. I didn’t feel he said anything negative…my take was just that the fans do a really good job with their costumes and the female Thorins sometimes have really well done beards and it throws him a bit and wants to touch the beards. It was meant in good humour and not a a negative thing. That’s my feeling of RA’s response. In a way, IMHO he was complimenting and admiring the work put into some of the Thorin costumes he sees.

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    • This is going to hit one differently depending on what one experienced last year, I think.

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      • Oooh, I don’t really know what went on last year. I seem to never know what is going on!

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        • it’s fine that you don’t 🙂 may leave you happier. There’s a link in the original post to the discussion we had about this last year, when he said beards on women are “not a good look.”

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          • ok, I will take a look (although I would tend to agree that beards on women aren’t really a good look….but there must be more to it than that so I’ll take a read).

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            • I think, personally, it’s a horrid thing to say when the women are dressing up in part to honor him and his work and to show their admiration.

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            • But up until this press tour, he’d never said anything truly negative about fans. So I’ll spot him one or two.

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              • Hmmm, I must be thick as I didn’t take it badly… I honestly felt he meant that they are ‘scarey’ in that they do such a good job at it. I thought he was expressing a type of admiration. But, I went to 13 different schools before graduating grade 12…kind of a gypsy life growing up…I’m used to different people expressing themselves in different ways maybe?

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                • I don’t think you really understand what went through people’s minds last year — and if, by implication, you think the readers here are somehow incapable of understanding “different people expressing themselves in different ways” — keep in mind that regular commentators here live in at least 12 countries — and many of us, like me, have lived in several different countries, then you have a poor reading on your fellow fans.

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                  • I guess I misjudged as I don’t see the offence. But others seem to have so I guess the interpretation is there. I give him the benefit of the doubt as I don’t think he means to offend or realizes he is offending someone. I just don’t think you can realistically monitor everything you say 24/7 so as not to potentially offend someone…it’s just going happen sometimes.

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                    • No, of course you can’t never offend anyone. But if one is offended, one is also not required to suppress that reaction. If our reaction is not more important than him, he is also not more important than us.

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  2. Yes, this is true. And without that expression there is no learning from it.

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  3. Hmm, I read that comment from him last year as being about women in general (i.e. a woman with an actual beard is a turn off to him). I did not read it as directed at all about women fans who dress up as dwarves wearing fake beards. And I did not read this current comment (from the reporter nor RA) as negative against fans. But I do applaud you loudly because if it weren’t for you I would have missed the live stream last night. I kept checking TORN and found nothing there. So THANKS for that and for all the lovely photos of RA that you post.
    Cheers

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    • As I imagine it would be to most men these days — but how many women with beards are there who aren’t cosplaying? (I mean, I joke about my beard, but on the whole, women with facial hair remove it precisely b/c it is thought to be unsightly as it trangresses a gender norm.) If you’re referring to the Cinemaxx interviews last year, the discussion specifically concerned fans / fan behavior. It was directed to Evangeline Lilly first and he was the one who brought up the gender norms by asking her if she’d ever encountered male fans dressed as Tauriel.

      Glad you’re enjoying the stream. We’re almost done now!

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