Richard Armitage on Time Warner Cable: Heinz Kruger’s jaw
Getting back to business here, finally, at least a little.
Seeing Richard Armitage on TV in my living room wasn’t ever part of the plan I had for fandom. I haven’t had normal TV access in a long time — since one had to get a digital receiver, which I never got. It always seemed like something I didn’t want to pay for. Dad, however, can’t live without it, so now it’s in my path and I admit that I now watch a decent amount more TV than I have in years. (I experience an odd attraction to HGTV.)
One consequence has been that, since Captain America: The First Avenger seems to be in regular rotation on some of the channels, I have seen the first part of that movie several more times. (I always switch channels after Kruger dies.) This was the one Armitage project that I never bought any media of. I had meant to look at it more closely but it always slipped on my priority list. Probably the dominant image of that film in my mind has been the look on Kruger’s face just before he detonates the bomb with the cigarette lighter, which to me seemed symptomatic of various things, not least Armitage’s unwillingness to let the niches and crannies of the smallest role remain unexamined.
The acting move I’ve noticed most on these brief “drop ins,” however, is a different one — it’s the chin moves. To wit: Kruger descends the stairs. There’s a lead in line about how the folks in Berlin will have reason to be afraid, and then the camera moves to focus on Kruger. Look what he does with his chin.