Richard Armitage’s Macbeth pinterest board, uncovered

I was sad to learn recently that Richard Armitage’s character biographies are now all digital in form. The historian in me likes to note that physical objects are more easily preserved than computer files. However, after a brief moment of melancholy, I decided there was an upside: Maybe Armitage is using pinterest — the perfect social media tool to collect ideas and inspiration!

So, I decided to see whether I could find Armitage’s developing pinterest account for his hoped-for role in Macbeth. After a little searching — he didn’t hide it very well — I’m pretty sure I found it!

Pinterest enthusiasts will be excited to learn that Armitage has already been assembling a number of boards to help him prepare for the role!

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Macbeth Bites — a board dedicated to food Armitage will be eating regularly in order to get himself into the mood to play the tortured Scottish monarch. I’ve checked, and it includes recipes for porridge, Arbroath smokies (smoked haddock), finnan haddie, and cullen skink without potatoes. Having learned who controlled all brewing in Scotland before 1500, Armitage is preparing to drink exclusively Scottish ales brewed by women, flavored with heather (used before hops were imported). He’s also aware that he will need to be careful with the Wee Heavy. Recipes for boar and venison indicate that he may be intending to add wild game to his diet. Although the medieval Scots did consume dairy products when their animals were fresh, none are listed here — perhaps in response to his wife’s perception that Macbeth was too full of th’ milk of human kindness.

My favorite of Armitage’s choices? The Macbeth burger — a half pound of free range Aberdeen Angus beef on an oat bun, to be ground fresh and served extremely rare. Bloody, you might say.

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Macbeth: Beasting it up — a board dedicated to Armitage’s exercise routine for the role. The most important of these seem to be directions for the pole vault or equestrian vaulting, indicating that Armitage plans to spend a lot of time vaulting in order to build up his ambition without o’erleaping. Although there is no archery in the play, Armitage has also added upper arm conditioning exercises so he can use a bow to kill the deer for the venison required in the Macbeth Bites diet (see above). Resistance training is very important for this activity (although only physical resistance; he needs to practice verbal compliance for his relationship with Lady Macbeth). Linked articles show that he’s also planning to modify his yoga practice to included intensive emphasis on the warrior pose.

Finally, as Armitage will be required to cut the actor playing Macdonwald from the nave to the chops and this may be included in flashback, he will need to do a great deal of exercise with his right arm to prepare for swordplay. From the number of exercises listed for the right sword arm and particularly the wrist, I would guess that Armitage is greatly looking forward to this aspect of the preparation.

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One major revelation came from my discovery of Armitage’s Macbeth pinterest board: his bucket list production of the Scottish play is going to include skiing elements! Armitage the ripper has discovered the totally gnarly Macbeth Icefields of British Columbia, and he’s planning to do a run on the Mt Macbeth Curtain Glacier to get ready for the play. He’s been watching videos of how to ski the Spearhead Traverse in preparation. He’s also getting ready for this element of the play with new skiing equipment. Some of his equipment choices may include Devastator skis, Head Hammer boots, and Inferno gloves. The board also reveals his growing familiarity with the GoPro cameras popular among skiiers — suggesting that the play may somehow involve the multi-medial incorporation of found footage into the production, a la Into the Storm.

Or, since Macbeth experiences so many hallucinations in the second part of the film, and Armitage probably dreams of skiing, it may be that the hallucinations that will take place on the Macbeth Icefield. A meme with the caption “don’t ski downhill with a bloody dagger” may perhaps point in this direction, as the character Macbeth is frequently confused about whether he’s actually seeing a dagger, and may need a reminder.

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In my exploration of Armitage’s pinterest boards, I did find one board that I could not explain — it’s called “Macbeth Denim” and consists of a list of articles, images, and style forecasts of men’s jeans that are on trend for 2017 and 2018. Jeans are taking a bit of a back seat to athleisure (fitted athletic pants), but there are still some occasions for which they are de rigueur. Baggy jeans are still out, skinny jeans are relaxing their hold on the style, and the dominant fit seems to be straight leg / slim or boot-cut. Many models are showing one or two inch cuffs, and some styles are cuffed to reveal the model’s bare ankle. Lighter wash and stonewash will come back, but men with substantial thighs are recommended to stick with the traditional, darker or raw wash. Designers are showing more knee slashes and fraying.

This board was a bit mystifying to me — was this a collection of attire intended as appropriate for the stage door or after parties? Is Armitage bulking up again for the part and in need of a more generous size than he has since playing Daniel Miller? I just hope he doesn’t go for a skater look, a harem cut or anything with embroidery.

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“Out damned spot” — This board was passworded but I did recognize the face that Armitage wanted to headline his production.

Keep in mind that given Farber’s rehearsal techniques he will need a costar whom he can carry around on his back during rehearsals.

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“The competition” — as theater lovers know, two other Macbeth productions have been announced for next year: Rory Kinnear at the National Theatre and Christopher Eccleston at the Royal Shakespeare Company. This was a truly interesting board to read, as it included not only sleuthing, reviews, and information on the directors and actors involved in those productions, but two fascinating things. First, there was a drone listening device of the sort that fans have used in the past to bug Richard Armitage’s agent’s office: has Armitage realized how we get so much information so quickly? But second, and even more fascinating, as it seems like it could be a technique that he learned about while playing John Proctor, I found a link to a UK commercial source for “personalised revenge voodoo dolls.” For only $13.25, Armitage can obtain a doll that allows him to confound the performance of another actor — simply slipping a photo of the other actor into the slot over the head of the doll and then torturing other marked areas of the doll’s body in order to cause things like severe genital pain or uncontrolled flatulence. This seems like a truly useful tool, and it will allow him to make medicine of his revenge, as Macbeth suggested.

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“Things to make Yaël happy” — This board seemed to be a list of things that Armitage thought might be interesting or useful to his proposed director, Yaël Farber. Some items included: How to scream without ruining your voice • an index of stress positions • a scholarly discussion of gory stage deaths • ways to look fierce AFways to make characters more visceraldiagrams of the viscera • articles on Montreal’s indie dress designers • ranking of Montreal cafés • affordable incense sources • list of especially complicated or challenging yoga poses.

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But the most surprising information that came from Richard Armitage’s pinterest board for Macbeth was the information on the shoes he plans to wear for the production. I would have guessed that he would have gone with boots, as he did for parts of The Crucible, as they were commonly worn by medieval soldiers, or perhaps that he would have embraced the historic brogues of the Scottish Highlander. As many Scots went barefoot during the middle ages, and Farber is known for like to rehearse barefoot, I would have expected that.

But no. Armitage has always wanted his footwear to be very fresh. Judging from the many pictures, it seems that he has decided that his character will wear the fashionable, punk rock kicks of the Macbeth Shoe company, fronted by Blink-182 singers. 70 percent of the shoes are completely vegan, Armitage may have been alerted to these shoes by his Berlin Station colleague, Michelle Forbes.

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New pieces of Armitage’ pinterest board are emerging regularly as the project develops, and you may wish to check again to see what else materializes.

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In case not completely obvious by now, this was a spoof. Inspired by Guylty’s offhand question a week ago about what Richard Armitage could possibly be doing in pinterest.

~ by Servetus on November 5, 2017.

24 Responses to “Richard Armitage’s Macbeth pinterest board, uncovered”

  1. I am really keen to know who will play Lady Macbeth and was excited to see Cate Blanchett.

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    • Can you imagine how great that would be? I doubt they can afford her and if they could no one else could get tickets, but …

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  2. Nice. Love the shoes.

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    • I’m still trying to figure out why the Macbeth shoe company specifically would sell vegan shoes. It’s so strange.

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  3. Merci pour votre page humoristique, cela fait du bien.
    Ce soir mon programme cinéma sera la relecture du film de Kurosawa: “Le Château de l’araignée”. C’est un mélange du Macbeth de William Shakespeare et du théâtre Nô japonais. Même si mon film préféré est “Kagemusha” l’ombre du guerrier, je reverrai volontiers: le visage terrifié de Toshiro Mifune plaqué au mur et cerné de flèches. Bonsoir aux amateurs de théâtre anglais et aux cinéphiles passionnés du Japon.

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  4. ROFL!!! Cool!
    Yeah, I never really get Pinterest, I prefer this. 🙂

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  5. ROFL. I have rarely been so glad I made an off-hand remark like that. I particularly like the denim and footwear boards. He’s certainly big on trend there. Mind you, I am surprised he didn’t pin a few pieces on stylish men’s underwear to be worn under a kilt… He’s also neglected to pin haggis recipes. There are some very tasty vegan numbers out there… http://www.macsween.co.uk/products/delicious-every-day-vegetarian/

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    • First historical reference to haggis is 1430. Doesn’t mean they didn’t eat it before that, just no proof that they did, so I think it might be optional. But maybe pinterest will suggest this vegeterian haggis pin to him. If it’s working correctly.

      This was an idea with a lot of leg — so thanks!

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  6. That’s really funny! I like the dream skiing sequence… I think you’re on to something! And of course exercising the sword arm would be very important!

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