Will Richard Armitage bring an additional creep factor from Hannibal to Berlin Station?
So, I was looking at this picture:
This is kind of unfocused musing, but I can’t say I found anything really delicious about the picture above (well, except for that space under Armitage’s nose. Totally erotic). The way he has his hand over the woman’s mouth — well, that is frightening.
I was thinking back to Spooks, and John Bateman. Now, we can say all kinds of things (it was a different character; we don’t know what Miller’s relationship to Hollander is like — it may be more explicitly adversarial than the cases I am citing; the CIA is probably more brutal in its methods than MI-5) about the difference between the two characters, but two comparisons popped into mind that tended to suggest that Bateman was a more “gentle” dealer with women.
To wit, Spooks 9.6, where Lucas North / John Bateman let Danielle Ortiz bleed out:
And then Spooks 9.8, where he drugs Ruth:
To me, there was always something explicitly dance-like and finessed in Armitage’s work, even about John Porter’s violence with men. But this picture just has a different feel to it for me. I know that Dolarhyde was always infinitely gentle with Reba, too. But I’m wondering if, somehow, he’s had a closer look at physical brutality than he has had previously?
Anyway, I’m sure there are counter examples — this is just a musing in advance of definitive evidence.