Some additional details from the lock-in interview

“Can I get out of here now? Because I have to sleep.”

  • Armitage finds Harold Pinter Theater to be intimate and epic at the same time.
  • Armitage felt like he could have lived on the UV set, and this would be the perfect environment for the lock-in b/c it would be atmospheric and spooky, and there are also snacks in a cupboard on the stage.
  • When you’re developing a character you want to spend time with them before you become them.
  • Armitage would want to investigate assumptions about the character of Scrooge; he’s “sort of an anti-hero, in a way.”
  • He finds being in a room with a grumpy person and trying to shake them up a bit, fun.
  • Armitage thinks he is a bit like Scrooge.
  • Armitage can’t play chess.
  • In a situation like this, Armitage would be the psychiatrist or the friend for Scrooge, helping him find out what’s wrong.
  • Scrooge would describe himself as successful, thrifty and disciplined.
  • Other characters might use those same words, but add mean, angry, cantankerous and lonely.
  • Scrooge carries an aroma around with him — something he uses to keep people away from him. (I couldn’t figure out if Armitage thought Scrooge has a particular smell, or that he emits a metaphorical, off-putting dynamic that has the quality of being “smellable.”)
  • Armitage would put Scrooge on a blind date with Armitage. A blind date is like the process of investigating a character. Or maybe he should be sent on a blind date with someone who’s opposite (like Mary Poppins), although this could send Scrooge back into his closet. So a blind date with Armitage would be good, because Armitage can identify with Scrooge’s situation.
  • The music he associates with the character comes from a scene with Michael Caine, from The Muppet Christmas Carol. It is Prokofiev (Serv adds: “Dance of the Knights“), which has the effect of keeping people back. Armitage also thinks of the opening lines of a song by The Carpenters, “Solitaire.”
  • The part of the story that “most gets to” the reader / audience is Scrooge’s loss of love because he was too focused on work, career and money. This something we can identify with. We have the potential to be this way, focused on money and success, which can disappear.
  • Scrooge’s turning point is his awareness of this. We appreciate drama because of the transformation in the characters (or their grown in self-realization).
  • We go to theater to see people transformed, because it gives us hope about ourselves, that we can transform and become better.
  • If Armitage were going to put Scrooge in the role of a character from another play he would pick Sonja Cerebreyakov (sp?) from Uncle Vanya. They both appreciate hard work, but Sonja is the most innocent and philosophically “evolved” character in that play because she understands the balance between work and rest. Scrooge could relate to Sonja’s understanding that hard work is the reason that humans exist, but he doesn’t have her awareness that not ever letting go will ruin his life.
  • “We” want Scrooge to thaw and be happy. “This is a lesson for ourselves, that’s why we love this story.”

~ by Servetus on September 10, 2020.

13 Responses to “Some additional details from the lock-in interview”

  1. He can’t play chess? Damn.

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  2. Thanks for the info!

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  3. Thank you for your summation!

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  4. Thanks very much Servetus for sharing the details. It’s great to have some more RA’s insight. It’s an odd idea to send Scrooge on a blind date. Was that in answer to a question or an Armitage fantasy? Did he just talk to camera or act any pieces?

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  5. Thank you.
    It does feel as if he’s talking about himself while he’s explaining who scrooge is, in work , love and interacting with others.

    His catalyst for change was also the death of a loved one, thankfully not a ghost. Is he now a better person because of that experience?
    Is he thawed now and happy?

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  6. Oooh, thank you for this! Man, now I really want to see this too…

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  7. Reblogged this on The Book of Esther and commented:

    Servetus has seen Richard Armitage on Digital Theatre Plus and has kindly provided a little summary. Now, how can we all get our hands on this as well, please, Digital Theatre?

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