Richard Armitage can’t afford Las Vegas

Thanks to Julia.

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~ by Servetus on March 14, 2017.

28 Responses to “Richard Armitage can’t afford Las Vegas”

  1. Yeah right. Cheeky monkey. “Der hat doch schon längst alles in trockenen Tüchern…” (I was waiting to use this phrase… finally the context was right…)

    • it’s true, people with many less resources than he does go all the time. I thought it was one of the more interesting comments I’ve heard from him in these interviews, though. I wonder if (since he works in a high risk profession) gambling doesn’t interest him, or if he’s got some childhood socialization against it, or he’s afraid of letting go in that specific way, or something else, or some combination of these. Or maybe he tried it out during CinemaCon in 2014 and doesn’t feel the need to return …

      • I was wondering whether that was just a conversational reaction. A coquettish/funny reply rather than any serious reservations to gambling. Or maybe he doesn’t want to go – and be seen 😉
        In truth, I can’t really imagine him losing all (financial) inhibitions and letting loose at the roulette table. He strikes me as what would be labelled a “risk mitigator” in terms of financial investment – willing to take a risk once he has researched the area thoroughly… Who knows…

        • To me, the smart / tactful conversational reaction would be to say, “I can’t wait” or something like that. It’s a bit weird to say to a publicity agent in the Las Vegas market, who will be broadcasting this item to an audience in Las Vegas, that you can’t afford to go to Las Vegas. Tactless, at the very least.

          I think it’s interesting b/c it’s something an American would be unlikely to say in that particular way.

          • Maybe he just wanted a new variation on the general topic of “I am speaking to you from XY – when are you coming to visit?” 😉

            • Maybe. But he looks / sounds either distracted or ill-humored. If it was supposed to be funny, it probably won’t come across that way to the average American. Charitably, I’ve been thinking that he’s tired in all of these interviews, like he needed one more cup of coffee.

              • He was definitely distracted. At the beginning of the interview, he didn’t really look up and continued nestling with his jacket…
                When you say it doesn’t come across as funny, does that mean it comes across as rude? Or impolite?
                I wouldn’t be surprised if he was tired – and BORED – of these interviews. I’d love to know how many of them he did in total…

                • I would say not looking at the screen (for our purposes, the commentator) comes across as rude, yes, or not caring enough to make the effort. Along with his ironic tone of voice. Whether or not it was meant that way.

                  This is either 10 or 11 that I’ve counted so far.

                  • The worst thing about these interviews – the time lag. Always makes for awkward viewing (and even more awkward participation).

                  • He was definitely cranky. I wondered if it was just me…. in some of the earlier interviews, I felt he was probably just under the weather, but not this one. Kind of funny, because it sounded more like something my dad would have said than Richard 😀

                    • I also think there’s a moment there (this isn’t the first time I’ve seen it in him) that probably comes off as very bleak humor for an audience other than the American one.

                    • Yes, the kind of thing I’ve typically found amusing from Martin Freeman, for example…. Richard usually “lies low” more with it than he did this time. Just another reminder that it says “moody actor” on the tin 😀

                  • It seemed to me to be another of those where he and the interviewer may not have been seeing each other on monitors, and had a sound delay. It was very awkward the way it was cut back and forth. Combined with too many of them in a row, being tired, sounding a little sick perhaps, the whole interview seemed strange.

          • As a nongambler and Vegas fan, I can tell you with certainty that anyone on a small budget can have fun in Vegas. There is plenty to do that is free, and hotels are cheap if they are off the strip. I think he was trying to be funny, but his remark fell flat, IMO. I think he could have used some of his considerable acting skill to at least pretend to be interested in visiting. There is no place like it. Paris next to Venice, Egyptian pyramids, castles , volcanos and pirate ships and a circus., for a start.

            • I agree. I know a lot of people with presumably less wealth than he has who go there. It’s a fun warm vacation in the middle of the nasty winter. Cheap flights, cheap hotels, and yeah, lots of odd things to look at. Plus you can go to shows or eat in unusual restaurants. If you want to gamble, you can do that anywhere these days. My friends who like to gamble around here are served by our Native American neighbors. Or you can do it on your computer 🙂

        • oh, and yeah, I don’t see him as a big gambler.

          • I wonder if he wasn’t a little irked that the interviewer named his character Daniel Meyer. Also, it’s true he probably isn’t a gambler as this 2010 interview reveals his being extremely frugal: (I’ve never added a link to a response before so I hope it works)

            https://www.ft.com/content/e7d549da-d300-11df-9ae9-00144feabdc0

            • i think he had a frugal upbringing (there was another interview about that as well). However, it’s a big / complex topic and I doubt it’s either / or — whether one is frugal may not have a necessary relationship to enjoying gambling. He doesn’t want to spend money on wine and think it’s inappropriate to buy champagne for himself, but the winter jacket he was wearing in December costs $900 retail. He has a phone that costs $650 retail. Note that I’m not criticizing him (I bought a $450 winter coat in 1999 that I am still wearing — i also go for quality over quantity and wearing things forever, and I am using a computer that cost $2100 six years ago, so I appreciate quality technology). Just that what constitutes frugality will not be the same for everyone. There are frugal people who save money to go on gambling trips b/c they enjoy the pleasure.

              • Yeah it’s no doubt that frugality/priorities are an individual thing and a complex issue. I would much rather spend my money on the things you mentioned. I wouldn’t choose gambling over the other things I love so Vegas is just not in the cards for me 😊

          • I don’t see him as a big gambler either. Although the only actor I know of with that rep is Ben Affleck. And he plays poker, which was legally classified as a game of skill, back in the days before casinos cropped up everywhere.

  2. Of course I can’t help but wonder what German verbs he’s conjugating…. (Thanks a lot, Judiang!)

  3. This was the most distracted/uninterested Richard I think I’ve seen in interviews, he is usually so professional and switched on – bored, tired, cranky, there could have been one or more of many reasons. These BS digital release promo interviews have been particularly irritating for me, and I have to keep reminding myself that not all viewers know of Richard Armitage or Berlin Station, let alone watched every single interview he’s done. 😉

    • yeah — I feel like that has been the lesson of the post-2012 era: most people are watching one of these interviews and not all eleven or more of them, and most of them don’t know him.

  4. Cet oasis perdu dans le désert du Nevada est une aberration écologique. La construction du Hoover Dam, un gigantesque barrage hydraulique sur le fleuve Colorado, participe à son assèchement. Le fleuve a perdu un tiers de son débit entre 2002 et 2010, à cause principalement du réchauffement climatique, de la chute du volume des précipitations, des poussières qui accélèrent la fonte des neiges et des prélèvements hydriques. Si l’eau puisée pour nourrir la population, pour arroser raisonnablement les plantations, est légitime, Las Vegas est un immense parc d’attractions, une cité de la démesure, tout entière dédiée au divertissement et à l’argent facile. Où est la légitimité de l’existence de VEGAS, dans un contexte de future pénurie en eau et dans le contexte d’un monde, où beaucoup de personnes survivent financièrement? C’est indécent, je ne m’y sentirais qu’une intruse, illégitime. Je comprends l’embarra de Richard Armitage à répondre, dans cet interview.
    cf le film: ” Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West (2012)”

  5. I just saw that Roundabout Theater Company’s next fundraiser is a Casino night … maybe Armitage can go to that 🙂

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