New interview with Richard Armitage

I’m booked for most of the day today, but here’s this in Den of Geek. I always enjoy interviews where he talks about process and I like these longer answers. I admire the impulse toward creativity — great idea to create the projects for yourself that you’re not being offered, once you’re in a position to do that. Still, I hope Bridget Cleary stays more historical than “genre” if that means what I think it means. I wonder if Armitage read the script of Pilgrimage: Raymond de Merville states pretty clearly that his motivation lies in maintaining the political security of his family. I think twice. This is actually something plausible about the character. North & South isn’t a bodice ripper, although I would have no objection if Armitage starred in one of those and someone ripped his bodice.

But protection? OK, whatever, I guess some fans want that from their crush. Not me. Richard Armitage, in case you are reading this (since you seem to have admitted again point blank that you read fan media), you are really not responsible for what other people say. Sometimes I wonder if the weird co-dependency in this fandom comes straight from you.

~ by Servetus on July 19, 2017.

16 Responses to “New interview with Richard Armitage”

  1. Lol on the bodice ripper remark. He obviously doesn’t know what a bodice ripper is, but sign me up when it comes to ripping his off. Quoting Mimi on that.

    • To be fair — I can’t imagine he reads them or that he spends a lot of time with women in general or women who read bodice rippers. But if he had said that ten years ago, the uproar would have been unimaginable!

      I think he should get a rippable bodice, maybe with velcro, to save money 🙂

    • As a romance reader, I rolled my eyes on that one. But I think a lot of people mistake the whole “bodice ripper” moniker for “bonnet romances.” (The amount of time I spend explaining the romance genre and its sub-categories to the men in my publishing office is astounding.)

      • Yeah. It’s a bit like all genre fiction (plus porn and fanfic): in mysteries, I like female detectives, but that doesn’t mean I necessarily like all female detectives.

        • i.e., I might like female detectives in police procedurals but not female detectives in psychological thrillers and so on.

          • Le problème est la discrimination positive.
            Quel pourcentage de grand rôle reste pour les femmes dans tous ces films policiers, ces thrillers?
            D’autant plus que ceux-ci sont destinés à être vus par la gente masculine, par ces caricatures d’hommes les plus machos ? Combien de fois, lors de visionnages, j’ai été interrompue par des publicités pornographiques, ou des sites de rencontre pour hommes?
            But what about JODIE FOSTER in “The Silence of the Lambs” SHE IS an exception.

            • well, I was thinking more about books. I don’t really watch this stuff even on TV, where there are a decent number of female detectives out there. But I agree, there is a tendency to denigrate any genre that has a heavy female audience.

  2. I haven’t known this expression ‘bodice-ripper’ yet (sounds firstly a bit cruel to me). After studying a list of the best novels of this genre (all written by women), I wouldn’t agree with RA concerning North&South. There are way too little juicy sexual encounters and much too much strenuous descriptions of striking workers and so on….
    Anyway, I like this interview and the insights in his work.

    • I think the expression comes from the covers — they always have a man and a woman in some kind of embrace and either her historical clothing, designed to emphasize her cleavage, is starting to slide off or it looks like the man is about to rip it off. Margaret Hale is the last person to have her bodice ripped. Although I suppose if they put that on the cover of the book it might sell more copies. Anyway, I read a lot of them when I was a teenager and I know a lot of women who still really love them. Heather probably knows more.

      I think the issue is that there’s an overlap between the “bodice ripper” and the “historical drama” audience. He knows that most of his early fans were not necessarily bodice ripper readers, too, so he must have been being flippant. I hope anyway.

  3. I think all of us who watched (and read) North and South would be pretty surprised to hear it called a bodice ripper! Far from it! Even if flippant, it almost sounds like a put-down, whether towards his own earlier work or towards those of us who love North and South. (Not that there’s anything wrong with bodice rippers. They can be enjoyable in their own way.) Why characterize it as something it’s not that and that is sometimes looked down upon by more ‘literary’ circles?

    • I’m assuming he used the term in the mistaken way so very many people use it: to describe an intense, sweeping romantic story. The nuances and implications of the term are usually beyond most people.

      But yes, don’t get me started on the history of the romance genre and how dismissive of and confused people are about it.

      • Yve has a good point that once upon a time he referred to his audience differently. (Although that wasn’t entirely accurate either, that description made me feel a lot more sedate than I really am.)

      • I hope you’re right and that he was just mistaken, rather than being intentionally dismissive.

  4. Bodice ripper – surprised at that monniker. And the lord protector mode is sweet but totally unrealistic. But yeah, I love reading how he approaches his roles. ☺

    • I wish he would only talk about that sometimes. Although of course that’s not how these interviews go.

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