Soothing Sunday: Richard Armitage Reclining Poll, July 26, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #789)

I’m up and breakfasted by 7:30am this fine Sunday morning and I had 9 hrs of sleep–but I woke up every 2 hrs. Not restful  So I could use a nap. Ha!   Then this purrrrfect image of Richard Armitage in character came in to my Facebook feed.

A. 2003–Richard Armitage (portraying Paul, Between the Sheets, 2003) looks so cuddly here that I want to nudge him over a bit and have a lie down. *wink* Image thanks to Richard Armitage France French Armitage Army

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But that image started me thinking about the other Richard lying/reclining/slouching on a couch/bench/chaise/chair images that we have seen over the years. Though not beds, they certainly look comfy–especially with Richard on them. So here are a few more Richard Armitage reclining images for us to enjoy–in slightly chronological order, from the collections of www.RichardArmitageNet.com Thanks!

B. 2004– A Richard Armitage with a come hither and join me on the couch look:
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2004%20Promo/album/slides/JennyLewis06.html

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C. 2005–Richard Armitage sleeping as William Chatford in Malice Aforethought
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/MaliceAforethought/MaliceAforethought/index6.html
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D. 2006–Long and lanky Richard Armitage with a  only the dining table was long enough to fit me look:
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2006%20SundayTimesPromo/album/index.html

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E.2006– Richard Armitage smouldering comfily on marble stops. Sighhhh!
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2006%20Victoria%20&%20Albert%20Museum/index.html

Richard Armitage Richard Armitage (born August 22, 1971) is an English actor. Born in Leicester, he attended Pattison College in Coventry, then studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His first major role was in the BBC drama Sparkhouse (2002). After a variety of supporting roles in the TV productions of Between The Sheets, Cold Feet (Series 5), and Ultimate Force (Series 2), he landed his first leading role, that of John Thornton in the BBC drama North and South. It was this role that immediately won him an enthusiastic following among female viewers. In 2005, he was seen in Macbeth, as part of the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told series and in ITV's The Golden Hour. Recently he starred in the BBC's The Impressionists, in which he played the young Claude Monet. He will next be seen in the upcoming BBC series Robin Hood, in the role of Guy of Gisbourne. Credit: Drew Gardner / eyevine For further information please contact eyevine tel: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 e-mail: info@eyevine.com www.eyevine.com

F. 2007–Richard Armitage slouching on bench for Robin Hood interview.
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Interviews/BBCBreakfastRH2-Oct2007/album/index.html

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G. 2008–Richard Armitage doing that come hither and join me look again. Sighhhh!
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2008Promo/index.html

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H. 2009–Richard Armitage lying in a dungeon cell as Sir Guy.
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodenine/index.html

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I. 2010–Richard Armitage lying on his bunk cot as John Porter
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Interviews/BehindtheScenesfeaturette/index4.html

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J. 2010–Richard Amitage slouching/leaning in September 2010 Spooks Lorraine Interview.
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Interviews/Lorraine-17Sep10/index.html

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K. 2011–Richard Armitage lying on the ground as the defeated Heinz in Captain America.
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/CaptainAmerica/CAtrailer/album/index.html

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L. 2012– Slouching comfily for NYC THAUJ promo shot.  So handsome!   Sighhhh!
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/NYHobbitPromo/album/index.html

Richard Armitage of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY poses for a portrait, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)  Associated Press / Reporters

(Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Associated Press / Reporters

 

M. 2013–Leaning a bit, in this Esquire UK 2013 spread and looking oh so handsome!  *THUD*
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2013Promo/album/index.html

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N. 2014–Richard Armitage getting comfy. Sighhh!
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/DAMANMagazine/album/index.html

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O. 2015–Richard Armitage slouching comfortably with a stop mentioning my slouching so there look during a BOFA China Premiere Interview.  Ha!
http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/EventsandAppearances/HobbitChina/album/index2.html

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So which Richard Armitage reclining images do you like best from the examples?

Hope you have a gReAt day! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->

 

 

 

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Sexy SatuRdAy: E-RA-tica–Romancing Richard Armitage, One Story at a Time, July 25, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #788)

Since I have two newish stories that I am writing on in rotation while I am pondering which other of my romance stories that I will serialize next here on my blog and on my Wattpad site, I’m toying around with it. You know, it–the first romantic tryst between each set of characters in my stories, respectively.

And with the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage (right as John Proctor in TheCrucible--RichardArmitageasJohnProctorCryingOut_Aug0614byJohanPersson-viaenikoniTweet-GLmask-sized-enl-quote2The Crucible) as my writing muse–and as my lead male characters in each of my stories–I have much romantic fodder to plow. That reference is intentionally punny since one of my newish stories that I am writing has a gruff and sexy farmer in it that I blogged about recently. The flannel plaid shirt and ball cap just do it for me. Ha!

 

Anyway, firsts are so important–hand holding, embracing, kissing, etc.–and first times making love, are especially so. And this nugget is from a lady with only one first time experience. So I have to use my vivid imagination to weave romantic tryst first time chapters with nuances to keep things interesting–for myself as much for my readers. Ha!

 

My writing love scenes–such as first time love scenes–almost become an Elizabeth Barrett Browning moment for me (with apologies to Lizzie): How do I make love with thee? Let me count the ways.

1) In my original regency period romance, “Love is a Choice” , the wedding night didn’t aaaLove_is_a_Choice_story_logo_Mar1313GratianaLovelace256x319happen between Lord Rafe and Lady Katherine–to hopefully comedic effect. But over the next 24 hours– after some delightful cuddling, baby lambs in distress, discovering he had fathered a daughter eleven years ago, and everyone making that daughter feel welcome after her mother died, and Lord Rafe honorably offering to annul his marriage to Lady Katherine due to his previously rakish ways–but Lady Katherine loves him now and rushes into her husband’s arms for a night to remember.

2) And then I mixed it up with the ladylike virginal Hope secretly in love with the aaznMrRomanceStoryCoverforWattpadSep1513GratianaLovelace256x398heartbreaker lothario Kent in my original contemporary and short (45 pages) love story, “Mr. Romance”. Will she be seduced? Or will he be seduced, as Hope learns to embrace her womanhood under Kent’s tutelage?   It is a light and frothy story with both heartfelt and steamy passages with skiing toned leg muscles coming into play.

3) Getting away from the virgin lady trope, I enjoyed exploring the older woman with zt_aaLoveandFriendshipStoryLogoWattpadNov2612GratianaLovelaceSmlyounger man theme in my original contemporary love story “Love & Friendship”. Lydia travels from the U.S. to London to work with England’s Heartthrob Robert on translating her love story to film, and they fall in love. But their love is slow to kindle–first becoming fast friends and then their relationship deepens through shared experiences and interests. They are a true love match. And my story’s themes also explore issues of adoption and children with AIDS. So there are funny screwball comedy bits–a towel and not much else is involved–as well as, deeply poignant moments involving children and family.

4) Issues of love and loss and identity and self direction are the themes of my original aLost&Found-story-logo-Wattpad_Oct1914GratianaLovelace_256x395contemporary love story “Lost & Found”. When you experience a loss and grief so profound that you retreat from the world into an existence devoid of hopes, wishes, and dreams, how do you find your way back from that? Matthew couldn’t find his way back–despite him having a caring and supportive family–because they have come to accept his illness as never going to change. That is, until, an open and giving stranger named Jocelyn perceives Matthew’s disaffected and distant persona as someone desperately needing human contact if he is to survive. And through her patient and caring interactions with Matthew, Jocelyn will come to exorcise her own relationship demons.

5)  And to close, I return to the older woman and younger man theme in my original short HandsomePlaybillLogoWattpadNov1712GratianaLovelaceSml(14 pages) one act romantic comedy “Handsome”. It is a romantic romp with definite screwball tendencies and large physical comedy as Elaine and Rodger discover that sex with the proper friend is very alright–as long as you remember doing it.

 

Though I have many more stories that I have serialized wherein my muse Richard Armitage plays the lead romantic character–in period as well as fan fic genres, too–I will stop with these five stories. My imagination lovingly loves Richard through his characters in my stories time after time after time. These stories represent for me the innocent and the not so innocent ways of romance and seduction, of yearning and desire, and of love and caring.

 

And my/Grati’s expression of E-RA-tica is most often within my comfort zone of PG-13 (with a teensy bit of R here and there). Though mature themes are present, I like to think that I approach these love scenes tastefully and with restraint.  I write what I like to read–romance, not an instruction manual. *wink* And happily, I seem to have readers who like that, too.

 

P.S. And since I hope to get my original contemporary romantic story “Fire & Ice” serialized on my Wattpad site the first week in August when I have some extended vacation time to devote to it–with only minor tweaking of the original that I serialized here on my blog– that gives me some time to decide what my next synchronized romance story serialization will be for my blog here and for my Wattpad site. Any requests?

 

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Variety trumpets that the film “Brain on Fire” casts Armitage and Moss as parents, July 21, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #787)

Woo hoo! An in the article title headline mention in Variety of the talented British aBrain-on-Fire-book-cover_Jul1615via-Preoccupied-with-Armitagector Richard Armitage in his current project filming in Vancouver, “Brain on Fire” based on Susannah Cahalan’s book of the same name (right). Thanks to RANet for the Variety article link (July 20th news) !

Oh my gosh!    Variety-site-logo-big_2x_v1_Jul2015Variety-sized! This is huge! Richard Armitage has arrived!  Then I see the picture of Richard Armitage that goes with the article (below). Oh blech!  Ha!

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Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage; photo credit Variety, 2015

Hey, Richard Armitage always looks great to me! But when an image is chosen to be used for professional purposes–such as an article, in this case–I would have chosen a different (more flattering) Richard Armitage image than Variety did. To me, the tweed jacket is too tight over the sweater–since these two pieces were probably never meant to be worn as an ensemble, IMHO.

My hubby has a similar tendency–when he walks out the door choosing comfort over style, before I have a chance to gently suggest an alternative clothing option. But I love my hubby dearly and just smile–as I smile at this RA image. My guess is–RA dressed himself for that entertainment industry event portrait that is used in the Variety article. And I love RA in Hugo Boss sweaters! But what one wears to a more casual professional event, is not necessarily the image of oneself that you expect to see chosen for an article heralding your participation in a new film produced by Oscar winner Charlize Theron.

And with my having edited and designed dozens and dozens of glossy year in review magazine type annual reports, brochures, and posters, etc. over the last few decades, I am always concerned with the visual impact images create. And I want to insure that there is a cohesiveness among the images chosen with regard to the overall design of the piece–be it year in review magazine, brochures, poster, etc. You consider what the image conveys–versus what you want it to convey. Will the image complement the text, or distract from it?   And images appearing in the same article should very definitely reflect a similar aesthetic–color scheme, composition, etc. That is not to say that I advocate for images to be matchy matchy–heaven forbid–but simply to be complementary to one another. And, in general, I favor action shots–albeit, staged action shots–as opposed to obviously posed static shots.

So a bundled up Richard Armitage in the picture above conveys warmth to me, but not much else. And his facial expression also looks as if he is a bit annoyed–or perhaps tired–neither of which one wants used for a professional image portrait. Whereas, Carrie-Anne Moss is smiling in her portrait above. Nay, she is glowing! And with Richard Armitage receiving second billing over Ms. Moss–per the “Brain on Fire” IMDB page–he should be smiling, too. Ha! And the whole jarring/clashing color scheme between the two images bothers me. Ms. Moss’ skin looks vibrant against the slightly chartreuse background–whereas Mr. Armitage’s skin looks more pale than usual against the blue/white background. Why mash the images together as if in a collage any way? Let them be stand alone images–but still with a cohesive presentation.

And when Ms. Moss looks so glamorous in her portrait shot included in the article, Variety could have given us one of any number of more recently sartorially splendid Richard Armitage images–to balance the images–as exampled below:

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DaMan 2014             THBOTFA London Premiere 2014         Saturn Awards 2015
(via Grati’s edit)                   (via Marianna)                                              (via MIRogers)

Ah well! At least RA has a really big mention in Variety–an entertainment industry icon!

Richard Armitage of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY poses for a portrait, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)  Associated Press / Reporters

Richard Armitage by Victoria Will, 2012/Invision/AP)
Associated Press / Reporters

And at least we( RA’s fans) know that Richard Armitage can look handsome and dashing–as well as, the man next door charming as in Miss Kitty’s suggestion at right (from the THAUJ December 6, 2012 promo shots in NYC, by Victoria Will, that can be found at RANet).  RA has a small pleasant smile at right, and it helps give the portrait an element of smoulder. Purrrr! And though this portrait is posed–and the hoodie doesn’t speak to me as a professional image–RA’s facial expression and searing gaze make the portrait a winner for general purpose RA viewing. Snap!

And finally, thanks to Teresa A for pointing me to the cordial behind the scenes pix below of Richard Armitage (far left) with some of his “Brain on Fire” creative colleagues–including producer, Charlize Theron (center)–as shared on instagram by Jenn MacLean-Angus (who portrays Giselle in the film) standing to the right of Ms.Theron:

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Richard, Thomas, Charlize, Jenn, and Rob; photo credit by Jenn MacLean-Angus, 2015

So Variety, it’s time to expand your photo archives for Richard Armitage. He is going to figure in several new film articles coming up in your pages, and you want to be prepared. *wink*

P.S. Oh! And Michaela Servetus of the MeandRichardArmitage blog has weighed in on the “Brain on Fire” book with a review and some suggestions for enhancing the film.

Grati: Based on Serv’s and a few other people’s reactions to the “Brain on Fire” book, I think this may be one film that we hope that the screenwriters go off text and add some character and plot development to add depth to the film. But as always, Richard Armitage will mine what he can from the role and then enhance it with a nuanced performance.

And Pssst! Late breaking casting news has actor-comedian Tyler Perry joining the cast of

“Brain on Fire.” IMDB didn’t have a character name yet. But the casting news article link

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 31:  Chairman of The Tyler Perry Company Tyler Perry speaks at the 7th Annual Produced By Conference at Paramount Studios on May 31, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Conference at Paramount Studios on May 31, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

above (for Variety as it turns out) was shared by Ms. Cahalan on her Facebook page. And the image chosen by Variety to represent Mr. Perry’s image in the article (right) is professional and handsome. So Variety does know how to pick a professional image.

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FDS: My Heart Always Returns to Richard Armitage as John Thornton, July 19, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #786)

I watched the final episode of the BBC’s 2004 adaptation (image right) of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North&South-2004BBC-dvd-cover_Jul10815raentbeloved story “North & South” last night–again. I have watched it countless times–especially the final train station kissing scene where the reticent lovers John and Margaret finally acknowledge their love for each other.

The love story of John Thornton and Margaret Hale came to life for me with the searingly nuanced character portrayals by the immensely talented actors Richard Armitage as John and Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret. No two actors in a film, or in a love story, have moved me the way that Richard as John and Daniela as Margaret have moved me–to smiles, to tears, and to joy again and again. Whether it was the hurt in John’s eyes in thinking that Margaret was lost to him forever, or the regret that Margaret instantly felt in refusing John’s proposal–and so many moments of shyness and awkwardness, and even stubbornness between them–that makes me root for their love to blossom every time I watch the film.

And John’s and Margaret’s awakening to their heart’s true love and soul mate in each other in the final scene at the train station always moves me with its romantic poignancy. John is incandescently happy when he sees Margaret on the station platform as their two trains idle before passing–he is heading home to the North after visiting her idyllic Helstone in a pilgrimage of sorts, and Margaret is heading South to London after visiting Milton and not finding him there to discuss her “business proposition”. John has been brought low by financial reverses and must give up his mill. Margaret is now in possession of the mill ownership and Mr. Bell’s other wealth transferred to her as his goddaughter, so she offers funds to assist Mr. Thornton to reopen the mill. She has no expectation of Mr. Thornton loving her in return–she selflessly hopes to help him regain what he has lost. And yet, Margaret’s gesture of offering all of her newly bestowed wealth to him conveys to John what his heart has longed to discern–that she loves and accepts him.

Their first kisses in silent declaration of John’s and Margaret’s mutual love are sweetly Guy-and-Roseanna-kissing-areRichardArmitage-andDanielaDenby-Ashe-inNorth&South-epi4-340-Jan0114ranet-sized-brt-crop2brttender (original image image from RANet, my edit right). And their kisses are scandalous for that time of strict social rules for interactions between unmarried persons.   The shockingly clandestine nature of their meeting is especially true with Margaret initiating the first lingering kiss from her upon John’s hand that has gently clasped hers in thanks for her generosity. This bold move of Margaret’s frees John from the chains of propriety as he acts upon his heart’s desire as he lovingly takes her face into his hands and he kisses her tenderly–two kisses at first, and then four adoring kisses, which she responds in kind to. And though Margaret’s hesitant pulling away from John as the whistle sounds for her train to depart for London is interpreted by John as rejection, she affirms her commitment to him by swiftly returning to him to travel home with him to Milton. The moment John spies Margaret’s reflection in one of his train’s windows–with a lovely mise en scene of cotton bales on the far platform as seen through the window–his joy cannot be contained as he gives her a luminous smile and asks “You’re coming home with me?” Margaret smiles lovingly up at John in response before entering his train compartment–to return home with him to Milton and become his wife.

“North & South” is a story about second chances, and about last chances–in life and in love. It is a story about learning to understand another’s perspective–as they learn to understand your perspective. And it is a story about two people for whom their love is new and wondrous, as much as their love is transformative–John’s and Margaret’s destinies now lovingly intertwined forever. And thus with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe bringing these timeless characters and their love story to vivid life, John’s and Margaret’s tale of love is etched indelibly upon my heart.

And so let us now enjoy the North & South love theme music and images of that final scene via lucifmello’s lovely video, “North & South Soundtrack – Northbound Train”:

Wishing you a peaceful and loving Sunday! Hugs!

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Richard Armitage’s New Film Project “Brain on Fire”: Will the Medical Plot Sizzle or Fizzle?, July 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #785)

With any announcement of a new artistic project for the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage, our hearts go aflutter with anticipation. And this past year, Mr. Armitage has had so many new projects, the man is the hardest working actor on the planet. 2015-2016 could end up with a bumper crop of new Armitage film projects being released. So start saving your pennies now.Brain-on-Fire-book-cover_Jul1615via-Preoccupied-with-Armitage

Not only are “Urban and the Shed Crew”, “Sleepwalker”, and “Pilgrimage” in post production, but Richard Armitage will star in Edith Wharton’s “Summer” (yet to be filmed), and he is currently filming “Brain on Fire” (image right) in Vancouver, Canada.

Intriguing title that–“Brain on Fire”.   Below is an excerpt of the “Brain on Fire” movie plot–in a link shared by the “Brain on Fire” book author Susannah Cahalan, on which the movie is based–with thanks to Teresa A for pointing me to Ms. Cahalan’s “Brain on Fire” FB page with that link on it:

Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage are joining the cast of Gerard Barrett’s Brain On Fire opposite Chloe Grace Moretz. Broad Green Pictures made the announcement today in partnership with Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features. The project is based on Susannah Cahalan’s critically acclaimed memoir about a rising journalist (Moretz) at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices.”

There a major misdiagnosis because it turns out that she has a very rare disease–that is only treated with luck. Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss play the ill girl’s estranged parents. To me, it sounds like the basic story–based on true events–has some potential for film dramatization in terms of parent angst, sick girl chewing the scenery as she flits from symptom to worsening symptom, and then a happy ending with the young 24 year old girl being healed. However, I would really like to see the parent dynamic explored in the film–in terms of how a crisis can either bring out the best or the worst in people, and sometimes, both.

But I have not read the “Brain on Fire” book. And the script adaptation of that book willComa-movie-dvd-cover_Jul1615imdb be essential as to whether what some might view to be basically a medical drama–but without the jolting body count associated with some books turned into film thrillers like Robin Cook’s book “Coma” directed by Michael Crichton. In “Coma” hundreds of people are intentionally put into coma’s so that their organs could be harvested and transplanted into rich people willing to pay. That could never happen, right? *shivers*

So while we wait to learn more about Richard Armitage’s new film “Brain on Fire”, here are links to two book reviews by two Richard Armitage Fans and bloggers for your consideration:

“Brain Scan and Perry Gets Personal” on Perry’s Armitage Agonistes blog

“Musings: #RichardArmitage and Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire” on jholland’s Preoccupied with Armitage blog

And Ms. Cahalan shared a You tube link for a song that she said Mr. Armitage was using to channel her father’s character. To which I say–after listening to 2 of the 5 minutes of the song’s already droning and repetitive monotony–no wonder she became ill. *facetious alert*

And, finally, I muse about what character look Richard Armitage will adopt for the father of a 24 year old? Here are a few potential Dad looks from past RA portraits:

Laconic in “Into the Storm”    Bringing Cheer in “Strike Back)
(via Todd Garner tweet)                                   (via RANet)

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Or my personal favorite, will RA as the Dad be on the edge of his seat, hoping for good news from the medical staff? (DaMan image via RANet again)

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We’ll see if I get around to reading the “Brain on Fire” book. In the meantime, my copy of the Bernard Hare memoir “Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew” arrived this week. So that will be my next read–before seeing Richard Armitage portray Chop in that film. And I look forward to learning more about the film “Brain on Fire”.

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WCW: Grati’s Half Day Stay-cation with My Writing Muse Richard Armitage, July 15, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #784)

Today I’m taking a half day off from work this afternoon for a stay-cation with my writing 2015--ComicCon-RichardArmitageSmiling_Jul1315LauraDaymuse the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage (RA at SDCC 2015, image shared by Laura Day). Now that’s a brilliant smile! Sighhhh!

I started working on a new story in June about a gruff and sexy farmer–not necessarily of the gentleman farmer variety, but one who gets his hands dirty tilling the soil, despite using modern day farming techniques. And his physique is muscular and taut due to his physical exertions.

Farming scenes come naturally to me because I live in the middle of corn and soybean fields, watching the corn grow tall and strong. Each stalk conveys just one ear of corn, maybe two ears if it’s an anomaly. So the corn stalks are packed tightly together to yield thousands per acre. The green corn stalks golden tasseled tops gently swaying in the breeze as if waving to those driving past.

My inspiration for this character was another farmer. No, not that one–though Mr. Armitage’s John Proctor in The Crucible is definitely inspirational (below via Digital Theatre). Love those guns!

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Rather, my inspiration for my gruff and sexy farmer is a little closer to home with some earlier portraits of the real Richard Armitage (left from 2011Project Magazine, via RANet; and right, 2014 by jollytr tumblr via RAFrance, with a link to a fun post they recently shared):

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And then the image at right crossed my path yesterday (as tweeted by Cyn). A 2015 Richard 2015--RichardArmitage-inredcap_Jul1415cynArmitage stern faced, wearing a red ball cap and his face in three-quarter profile–with neckage.   Purrr!

I have found my gruff and sexy farmer! He can plow my fields anytime. Kkkhh! Just kidding! *blushes*

Many thanks to the image sources mentioned above! Have a gReAt day!   Cheers! Grati ;->

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FDS: Richard Armitage’s Over the Shoulder Smoulder at Comic Con 2015, July 12, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #783)

Any time the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage looks through the camera to his fans/admirers, I hear the collective gulp.  And I know that I go weak at the knees. Sighhh!

In the image at right, Mr. Armitage was at Comic Con International 2015 San Diego on 2015--ComicCon-RichardArmitage-inStarWarsScenes-jacket_Jul1115BryanFullerTweetSaturday July 11th promoting a recent television project that he was involved with. The producer of that project was wearing a jacket comprised of scene illustrations from the original Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope in 1977. RA tried the Star Wars jacket on, and the rest is history. Thanks to Teresa A for pointing me to this delicious portrait of Mr. A!

And when Richard Armitage casually does that over the shoulder smoulder with smirking smile of his as he does in this portrait? I’m just a melted puddle of womanly essence at his feet.

And Richard Armitage looks so rock star Elvis like in this portrait. Richard is in the building!

Okay, we have to take a short break and indulge our love of film star Richard Armitage, with the fabulous video “Richard Armitage – Film Star 2” by GizTheGunslinger:


Of course, Richard Armitage has a Star Wars films connection. He had a small role as a StarWars02-RichardArmitage-to-left-ofNataliePortman_Jul1115ranet-cropNaboo pilot [right, courtesy of RANet] in one of the later pre-quel Star Wars trilogy of films titled Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace in 1999.

So the reuniting of Mr. Armitage with a piece of his past in him wearing the Star Wars themed jacket was a winning combination –even if the jacket illustrations referenced the first pre-quel trilogy of Star Wars films that he wasn’t in.

 

And in the interest of full disclosure, I also have a Star Wars memory–if not, a connection. In 1977, just after I graduated from high school–and before I headed to university that Fall–I worked the concession stands that Summer at one of our local movie theatres situated in an indoor mall that was showing Star Wars. Star Wars was the number one selling film for 24 weeks straight!

The Star Wars movie ticket price in 1977 was $3.00 per person–of which, the movie theatre only got 30 cents, only 10 percent. This was an unprecedented distribution deal up to that time. So movie theatre owners had to make their money on the concessions. And did they ever! The crowds were enormous and snaked around to the other wing of the indoor mall, for all showings for 24 weeks! And after they were in possession of their ticket, movie theatre customers would then dutifully stand in line for their soda and popcorn–even missing the beginning of the film. I would beg them not to miss any part of the Star Wars film and dash back to get their popcorn later. It’s a wonder that I didn’t get fired for that piece of advice–which theatre goers rarely took. Ha!

So in June 1977–in the heydays of the Star Wars juggernaut–I was but a maid of seventeen.   And Richard Armitage? Well, in June of that year, he was still five–years old. I could have baby sat little Rich for his parents –if we had lived in the same town, let alone, in the same country. Of course, with Richard and I now as adults, our 11 year and 9 month age difference is not quite as great. In my dreams. Ha!

And I would love to have Mr. Armitage’s impressions of seeing Star Wars when he was a kid, aa-movies-the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-tapestry-artwork_Sept1514DigitalSpy--ThorinPosterCropGratianaLovelace800x1680Revand then getting to be in one of the movies later. I’m guessing that appearing in Star Wars as an adult might have been similar to his experience that he related with reading The Hobbit as a child and then being in the film as an adult.

But his feeling of karmic destiny was undoubtedly on a greater scale for The Hobbit films, since Richard Armitage was one of the lead actors in The Hobbit trilogy of films, portraying Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain (my fan made poster edit of Richard as Thorin in The Battle of the Five Armies, right; original Thorin image courtesy of RANet).

So 38 years later after the first Star Wars in 1977, Richard Armitage is an award honored international film, tv, and much lauded  stage star. Bravo! Gosh! Little Rich Armitage turned out well!

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