New Castlevania interview with Richard Armitage

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~ by Servetus on October 20, 2018.

29 Responses to “New Castlevania interview with Richard Armitage”

  1. This is in my opinion a fantastic interview very revealing and great questions by the interviewer. I’ll have to run and google his reference role he’d kill to play. I wonder how much of Trevor is close to home for Richard
    ie a wanderer.

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  2. He had a phase about five years ago of talking about his appreciation for silent film in interviews — Nosferatu comes from that era.

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    • Ah thank you for the back story. It’s nice to hear when he talks of roles he would actively pursue ie kill for

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    • I just looked it up.. I guess he hasn’t done true horror yet w The Lodge more supernatural cultish or whatever that genre is called now.

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      • He was on record in 2013 as saying he wasn’t interested in doing horror. I don’t know how deeply he was committed to that but he got a lot of fan flak for Hannibal and he eventually said he didn’t think of it as horror (which I understood, even though I didn’t agree). The issue now is that horror is having such a heyday that it’s entering the mainstream of film. To say you wouldn’t do it is to close off a huge chunk of projects at the moment.

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        • Hannibal is horror but not in a conventional sense. I’m not a horror fan -i cant bear murder and gore for the sake of it. But ever since Silence of the Lambs , i’ve read and loved the books about Hannibal Lecter because it’s a psychological drama and thriller -the horror is a small aspect in many ways. I really liked the tv series (enjoyed Armitages turn as Dolarhyde before i had take any interest in him for other reasons!) as even though it was more gory than previous incarnations -it was filmed so utterly beautifully and such wonderful actors and so very close to the books. It’s like i can appreciate Night of the Living Dead because of the underlying themes about racism and paranoia regarding communism.

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          • I watched and read a lot of aestheticized violence of various kinds in grad school for my 19th/ 20th c. cultural history prelims and I understand the general issue and approach. Even with that stuff (high art) I was rarely convinced that it was successful. As regards Hannibal, I got that they were aestheticizing gore (blood, graphic depictions of cannibalism) in order to make various statements – I just didn’t agree that they were successful at it, or rather, I didn’t feel like I needed to be subjected to that episode after episode in order to understand what they thought they were saying. Whatever the point was on any given week was completely drowned in the blood and guts for me as viewer. I did watch all of the first two seasons for research purposes, though I had to stop during part of season 2, I was just so disgusted, but I never managed the season 3 episodes that Armitage wasn’t in. At that point it was so much geared toward the fans that it went off the rails. It got so I was having to put a trigger warning at the top of every post about it, as several of my readers were domestic violence survivors and just couldn’t handle it.

            That said — I certainly understand that if you are reading the script or thinking about the character that the fact of the nonstop blood and murder, brutality to the human body and violence may be less important to you than the artistic level. I also get that there are people who think this show is just really excellent and the criticisms I have of it are beside the point. I tried, but I couldn’t get there. I thought Armitage was excellent in the role but despite my awareness that there are things I should be thinking about there, I can’t make myself watch it again, and that is the only major performance of his that that applies to.

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            • i can understand why it can be triggering -when my anxiety is bad I can not abide crime dramas like The Wire as they are too close to reality-whereas to me personally Hannibal is not realistic . I also think with my job i have blood on my hands daily-so that’s no issue for me!

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              • I’m not squeamish when I see Hannibal — I’m disgusted. There’s a difference there.

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                • yes i can see there’s a difference, sorry i didn’t understand entirely where you are coming from. I don’t entirely know why Hannibal doesn’t offend me compared to most other horrors. But i think it’s because there is many layers to Hannibal whereas most horror is pure exploitation

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                  • I agree with you Rachel. His role as Francis didn’t offend me as I was more focused on him and Reba’s love story and I absolutely agree with you most horror is pure exploitation ie hacking people to death…

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                  • I’m not offended by Armitage’s performance or the role per se — I didn’t find the book offensive even if I didn’t like it — but I do find the show offensive. I think that Fuller would agree with you that it was more layered than that, but I think the sheer intensity of the bloodbath invalidates that claim. There’s a way to aestheticize gore that is subtle. Fuller decided not to do it that way. Everything about him screams excess, and it when it comes to blood it undercuts his point.

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  3. anyway, what’s them emojis about on his retweet?!

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  4. Yep, I really liked that interview, too. Definitely some new questions in there – or even if they are regularly recurring questions, then it made sense to ask them now. In any case, it sounds as if he really enjoys voicing Trevor Belmont. And he does so very well…

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    • I agree — I felt like a got a recharge of my “who is Richard Armitage saying he is right now” battery banks.

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  5. Nosferatu is seriously scary stuff 😳 Not sure I could cope with RA doing that… Francis was bad enough…!

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    • It would depend a bit on how they did it — but I tend to agree with you that it’s not something I have a burning need to see. OTOH at this point I have a burning need to see him in anything.

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      • I grew up with the Hammer Horror film studio in the UK that made scary but also slightly camp horror films in the 1960s/70s, including a whole series of Dracula films with Christopher Lee as a definitive, rather sexy vampire. (I still have a crush on him and of course he was brilliant as Saruman.) Nosferatu was in a different league of scary nightmare… It was one of thise films that left an image in your mind (like The Exorcist) that just doesn’t go away.

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        • yeah — when I’m showing a German expressionist film to students I have always chosen The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It’s creepy enough for me. But I have a pretty low threshold for this sort of thing. I don’t think of those early films as camp, but i suspect that some people might.

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  6. ah yes, Nosferatu… the scene of his shadow walking up the steps with those claw-like fingernails……the stuff of nightmares. Blood & gore disgust me but this is something that stays with me.

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