Here’s part two of Chris Naylor on LAMDA ’98 #richardarmitage

Check it out.

~ by Servetus on June 26, 2017.

16 Responses to “Here’s part two of Chris Naylor on LAMDA ’98 #richardarmitage”

  1. Rather poignant, isn’t it? Clear how his dogged work ethic has been crucial right alongside his immense talent and charisma….

    • and a big parcel of good fortune 🙂

      • I agree.
        I suspect that RA may not have been perceived to be the most “talented” actor at drama school. However, he has capitalised on his leading man good looks. And that must help with getting cast for bigger (and better) parts (I recall Phillipa Boyens waxing lyrical about him when casting Thorin in one of those Hobbit bts vids).

        • he and David Oyelowo have been the two most successful from their year, apparently (I didn’t recognize the other names, so maybe I should say “internationally recognizable” rather than “successful”). There are so many questions one might like to ask Chris Naylor. But he got some decent roles at LAMDA — Felix in the Normal Heart, Leonid in The Cherry Orchard, something fairly prominent in a Sam Shepard play, Uriah Heep in David Copperfield. I guess you’d call them character roles more than leads as such.

      • I’m sure that’s a given, but after nearly 20 years out, luck & looks would only take one so far and no further. It also seemed clear from these responses that there was some consensus about success requiring a price to be paid, i.e. you can’t have it all. Two roads diverged etc. Perhaps it’s just a mood I’m in…

        • I guess what I’m responding to is something Naylor emphasizes as well: that there are many very talented people who worked very hard and just never got their break; they never had that lucky moment. Armitage has had at least two, and one of those was sort of a lightning strike.

          • Yes, there were several themes that came through, and part of the tension was- why this person and not that person? The age old why….

  2. That final comment ( about like minded people…..) sounded like Richard Armitage!
    Interestingly he named Adrian Penketh as the guy that a few people thought was RA in the ‘Hair’ photograph.

  3. Thanks for posting this. Both parts had interesting insights into the life of an actor, or one who wanted to be an actor.

    • I was fascinated by how similar the results of all of this are to what people would say if they polled my class of starting history graduate students.

      • Do you think, though, that even those not working in a related profession would say that they apply the training they received to their work life? I know people educated in a variety of professions who say that they use the way of thinking that they were taught in their current work.

        • Yeah. I don’t know anyone who felt like their graduate work was a waste of time. In the end higher ed is about how you think and relate yourself to the world, less so about what specific topic you study, and I think esp people who enroll in graduate degree programs are picking thinking or work styles that they have an affinity to and some kind of gift for. In the case of history (where there is massive attribution — much higher than the half Naylor cites for his LAMDA class) a lot of people work either in law or intelligence or some kind of analytical career.

          • I was surprised to hear that that was true for acting college, too, but it makes sense when you think about it.

            • Think of all the people with advanced degrees in music who are high-powered lawyers now — I know at least four, two of whom are prosecutors.

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