What I find strange, Richard Armitage

A few weeks ago, the Armitage expressed (paraphrasing) that he found it a remarkable world in which people are eager to obtain a chair he used in rehearsal and then signed. (I don’t find this strange at all — this kind of activity has been going since at least the birth of Christianity and probably longer, for all I know.)

This is something I find strange: that you can have a job where your task is to walk down the street while pursued by a large crowd of people whose job it is to record your walk. I don’t get how you wouldn’t giggle!

Video from LaPalmaTV, found at Armitage Global.

~ by Servetus on April 13, 2016.

21 Responses to “What I find strange, Richard Armitage”

  1. He’s in the zone. Safely tucked in his Danielbubble.

  2. I know * I* giggled at the end. Thanks for this ( and to @ArmitageGlobal)

    • Thanks for this comment. It looks like something about my notifications has been malfunctioning for months.

  3. He has absolutely copped in the past to being a fanboy, the kind who gets starstruck. This is of course only speculation, but I hypothesize that it isn’t the fan interest in famous person memorabilia that he has trouble wrapping his mind around, but rather his own status as a figure that people fan over in this way. It’s one thing, I imagine, to know cognitively that you’ve reached a certain degree of notoriety, but quite another to see it in action.

    • It’s possible he meant to say that. Had he actually said that, I would have had a very different reaction to the statement. Although what he actually says is more or less in line with things he’s always said about red carpets.

      • It’s true he has expressed many opinions it is difficult to reconcile.

        • But this statement, as is, is not at all difficult to reconcile. It’s fully of a body with other statements he has made that suggest he finds celebrity in itself odd (witness his statements about what Martians would think about the practice of the red carpet). I don’t have to twist either his words, or my mind, to put it into context. I just think he’s wrong. Celebrity (of various kinds) has been around forever. People have always collected objects that have touched the bodies of people whom they admire or venerate in some way.

    • I think this is true and like the red carpet thing, he’s had to accept that this is how is it now that he is more widely known. I think he looks great in the video and totally “in the zone”.
      On a shallower note (trust me!) I have to confess I love to watch him walking – and the ‘rear view’ is pretty nice too!

  4. I must admit that my first reaction to the video was, thank goodness he has sensible shoes for all those steps. I remember he confessed to falling down the stairs in the mill factory scenes ( N&S) because he had thin soled leather shoes and he went a*** over t**.

    • Ce serait sympa de pouvoir retrouver dans un article tous les escaliers, qu’il a pu monter ou descendre et ainsi tracer l’historique de sa carrière. Mais aussi examiner ses tenues vestimentaires: maillot de bain, parka jaune et rouge de sauveteur, tenue kaki militaire, chapeau haut de forme, chevalier en cuir, slip moulant de Dolarhyde … en attendant qu’il monte le fameux escalier du festival de Cannes en costume et noeud papillon.

      • I always used to think that going down stairs was the point at which his characters’ physical personas were most likely to crumble.

        • I am afraid not to understand exactely what you mean. With crumble , do you write it literally or figuratively sense? Do his characters physically or spiritly fall down?

  5. I guess comments totally come from what “mind set” he is in at the time he makes them. Like most of us.Actor or not.

    • I’m a historian by profession. That means if I want to understand something about a person, one of the things I consider is his statements. I look at them in chronological order, if that can be established, and I look for patterns, consistencies and inconsistencies. When a statement is heavily inconsistent (which this one isn’t, by the way), then that can either mean it’s an outlier data point, or it can mean that something has changed. This is a pretty standard method (when combined with others) for trying understand personal identity. If nothing Richard Armitage said meant anything binding, then there’d be absolutely no point in writing this blog. The trick for someone who conducts this kind of analysis is to put statements in contexts and to observe patterns over time.

      • 🙂 Définitivement il y a deux types de temporalité.
        1- L’immédiateté d’internet:
        où la réponse à tout message doit être rapide, sinon elle devient vite obsolète de part son peu de réactivité.
        Dans les media, on est dans l’immédiat. Il y a jugement trop rapide, réactivité, réflexe. Non pas réflexion.
        La question de l’Immédiateté est posée en pensant au court terme, la dictature de l’information à tout prix, s’en tenir à l’émotionnel, au tapage immédiat, l’événement. Dans l’immédiat, il peut y avoir une quantité d’émotions telle que la réflexion ne peut plus se faire. Il faut donc temporiser, mais prendre son temps est considéré réactionnaire. Faut-il résister à la pression ? OUI définitivement.
        Le temps de l’émotion est court, celui de la pensée est long, d’où la notion de:
        2- La temporisation:
        Lorsqu’on prend le temps d’être présent au présent, le temps se dilate.
        Bergson parle des données immédiates de la conscience. La mémoire, c’est la continuité dans la durée. Et Husserl à la même époque parle de la phénoménologie de la conscience du temps.
        Horace : Carpe Diem. Le philosophe encourage à « cueillir les fruits de chaque jour ». On entend souvent : vivre l’instant présent. Mais « carpe diem » n’est pas exactement l’immédiateté. Cueillir le jour est différent de vivre dans l’instant. Cueillir, cela implique que l’on soit capable de tirer les leçons, cueillir ce qui est fécond, donc discriminer, choisir. C’est à la fin du jour que l’on reconnait les fruits que l’on a cueilli.
        Mais on peut tout aussi bien tenir compte du passé. L’action immédiate n’existe pas. Les faits sont des effets. Ce que je ferai sera déterminé par ce que je fais et ce que j’ai fait ou vécu autrefois.
        L’ETHIQUE, c’est la possibilité de se remettre en question. La patience est le propre de la vie éthique : c’est l’action et la réflexion sur l’action.
        Les décisions ont besoin de médiations. La culture, la mémoire, l’esprit critique vis-à-vis de l’histoire, le jugement rétrospectif, sont des éléments de médiation.
        Il faut se sortir de l’urgence de l’immédiateté pour acquérir la LIBERTE d’action et de pensée.

        ps: mélange de remarques personnelles et cours de philosophie de mon fils en classe préparatoire aux écoles d’ingénieur, où il planche sur les risques d’internet et le temps présent, entre autres.

  6. It’s funny the different things we focus on. You focus on his statements, another blog focuses on his gait in/out of character, and I wonder how many times he would have had to walk up and ‘dance down’ those stairs 🙂

  7. I spent some time talking about his walk several years ago, but the problem is what can be easily depicted (i.e., without a lot of tech hassle) on a blog. There are vids link to the gait of all of his characters here somewhere, for instance.

  8. I’m thinking the same thing — what a weird way to make a living….walking around with that gaggle of folks following you with mics, cameras, etc. Imagine doing it over and over — must be tedious.

    • I suppose you get your little zone and it’s part of being the character. But I think as viewers we don’t think, either of all the shots that are just continuity shots of an actor going from place to place.

  9. Il y aurait beaucoup de matière à explorer sur la manière dont il se concentre en haut de l’escalier, avant d’entrer en scène. Un très beau instantané d’expressions fugitives très variées sur son visage et tout ceci en quelques millièmes de secondes… J’adore! Cela à plus de valeur de sincérité que tous ses selfies préfabriqués…

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