Old Acting Partnerships Spark New Artistic Collaborations for Richard Armitage Over the Years, rev9/24/11 GratianaDS90 (Post #18)

I see a thread of interwoven prior and continuing artistic partnerships between the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage and his acting/filmmaking colleagues that I’ve mentioned briefly in other forums in the past–in a chat group that I facilitate–and that I expanded earlier today in commenting on Servetus’ blog  (Me+RichardArmitage), the post about Richard Armitage’s gentle hands.  But I thought that I would also share my thoughts about these artistic collaborations here in my own blog as well–expanding them again.

Working again with acting colleages in future projects is not “nepotism” in my mind but rather colleagues recognizing a proven talent and then choosing to work with that talent again.  This is a tribute to Mr. Armitage as both perhaps him benefiting from these connections, as well as him, perhaps helping someone else land a role.  And as Jazzbaby1 noted in her comment to me, the UK acting sphere is a “small” one.  Her exact words were “Every once in a while I wonder exactly how small the pool is in the UK since the same ten or twenty actors seems to do EVERYTHING.”  Ha!  I agree with you.  But then, maybe these twenty actors are our favorites and therefore destined to work together again.

Here are the prior acting partnership connections of Mr. Armitage’s that I have noticed–in no particular order:

1) Chris Ryan was the writer for Ultimate Force in which Richard Armitage played Captain Ian Macalwain in 2003 (right). Then 7 years later, Mr. Armitage was later cast in the lead of John Porter in Chris Ryan’s Strike Back Series 1 (episodes 1-6) in 2010.  I can only presume that Mr. Ryan rightly saw in Mr. Armitage the only man to bring John Porter to life (left)–times ten!

(Ultimate Force’s Macalwain image on RANet  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/UF/album/UF2/slides/uf2_10.html)

(Strike Back’s Porter image on RANet  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/StrikeBack/album/series1/Episode2HD/slides/ep2hd_042.html)

2) Brian Protheroe played Mr. Bell (far left in picture) in N&S–in which Richard Armitage starred as John Thornton.  And then Mr. Protheroe played the CIA guy Samuel Walker whom Sarah Caldwell tossed over the balcony in Spooks 8 (Walker was dead by Episode 5).

(Mr. Bell image on RANet at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode3/slides/ns3-063.html)

3) Alun Armstrong was the incest dad in Sparkhouse in 2002 while Richard Armitage played John Standring, the farm worker who marries Carol in the end. Then Armstrong was also one of the major leads in 2003′s Between the Sheets–in which Mr. Armitage’s character of Paul Andrews had one of the pivotal rotating storylines.

(BTS dvd cover image found on Amazon  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Between-Sheets-Complete-One-DVD/dp/B0001V00YY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1243612867&sr=1-1)

4) David Harewood portrayed Brother Tuck in Robin Hood Series 3 in 2009 to Richard Armitage’s Sir Guy of Gisborne (seen at right in the photo).  Then in 2010, Mr. Harewood was cast as the power hungry general in Strike Back Series 1, Episodes 3 & 4 in which Mr. Armitage played John Porter.

(Mr. Harewood’s image as Tuck from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodeone/slides/1_090.html)

5) Hermione Norris was one of the leads in Cold Feet–the cast of which Richard Armitage joined for its fifth season playing health club lothario Lee Richards  (right) who dates Norri’s au pair. Then in 2008, Mr. Armitage joined Spooks Series 7 as Lucas North, to Ms. Norris’ Ros Meyers character (left).

(Image of Richard Armitage as Lee Richards from RANet  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/ColdFeet/ColdFeet5/album/slides/coldfeet_032.html)

(Image of Hermione Norris in Spooks from RANet  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/slides/series7-49.html)

6) I believe that someone else had noticed a prior colleague connection between Shaun Parkes in Strike Back Series 1 episodes 3 & 4 and RA. But I couldn’t remember it initially.  Happily a Servetus’ blog commenter named Jane came to my rescue and pointed out that Mr. Parkes had earlier played the “Showman” in Marie Lloyd in 2007.

(Actor Shaun Parkes image on RANet  http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/StrikeBack/album/series1/Episode4HD/slides/ep4hd_066.html)

7) Toby Stephens played the self aggrandizing Prince John in Robin Hood Series 3 in 2009 to Richard Armitage’s Sir Guy of Gisborne (Prince John is at left in the picture). Then Mr. Stephens also turned up playing a CIA Chief in Strike Back Series 1 episodes 5 & 6 in 2010 where Mr. Armitage played the lead John Porter.  [As an aside, I must admit that Mr. Stephens seemed to have the most credible American accent from among the Brits portraying Americans in Spooks or Strike Back Series 1.   The supposed American accent of the actress portraying Sarah Caldwell (sorry that I do not know the actress’ name) was grating; and Brian Protheroe’s American accent was almost there, but having heard him in North & South, I couldn’t get his prior British accent out of my mind.]

[Image of Toby Stephens as Prince John on RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodeseven/slides/7_166.html)

8) And now Lara Pulver-who played Richard Armitage’s Sir Guy character’s sister Isabella on Robin Hood Series 3 in 2009–is now the new head of Section D on Spooks 10 Erin Watts, replacing Mr. Armitage’s character of Lucas North as section head. There is a bit of an ironic twist in that because Isabella supplanted Guy in Nottingham.  And Ms. Pulver has recently said that Mr. Armitage graciously emailed her his congratulations for landing her part on Spooks.  Although, since the Spooks writers killed off the Lucas North character–short sighted on their part–Ms. Pulver and Mr. Armitage are not actually getting a chance to work with each other again.

(Image of Lara Pulver as Isabella in Robin Hood from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_082.html)

9)  Keeley Hawes who played Mr. Armitage’s Harry Kennedy role’s sister Rosie in the 2006 Vicar of Dibly Christmas Special, also played Ella in 2005’s Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth wherein Mr. Armitage played Peter MacDuff.

(Image of Keeley Hawes and Richard Armitage as Rosie and Harry Kennedy from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/VOD/album/VOD1/slides/vod1-276.html)

10) And in finding item 9, I also happened across Shirley Henderson who was also in 2005’s Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth, to Richard Armitage’s Peter MacDuff (left).  And then Ms. Henderson was the lead character of Kath Swarbrick in the small film Frozen in 2006 which Mr. Armitage played the character of Steven (right).

(Image of Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth poster career page on RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/129.html

(Image of Kath and Steven from RANet Frozen career page http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/170.html)

11)  Update:  And a huge thank you to Linda60 who reminded me about
the enchanting Holliday Granger who played Lisa in Sparkhouse (2002), and Meg in Robin Hood Series 3, episode 9 (2009).  Here is that picture of Ms. Granger as Meg–a Marian stand-in who didn’t “want” anything”from Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) as Marian always did.  Meg, who gave her life for Guy
and whom Guy was able to comfort as she died–since he did
not get to comfort Marian after running her through.  So, Meg provided some closure for
Sir Guy–and perhaps a true glimpse of being a better man.

(Image of Meg dying comforted in Sir Guy’s arms from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodenine/slides/epnine_135.html)

And finally for those who like charts and graphs, here is a pseudo visual representation of the artistic collaborative connections forged by Mr. Armitage and his acting colleagues:

Armitage first worked with them in  -> then worked with them again in
RSC MacBeth touring companing (2000)–Stephen Noonan/Spooks (2008)
Sparkhouse (2002)->Armstrong/Between the Sheets (2003); Holliday Granger/Robin Hood Series 3 (2009
Ultimate Force (2003) -> Chris Ryan Author/Strike Back series 1 (2010)
Cold Feet (2003) -> Norris/Spooks (2008 and 2009)
North and South (2004) -> Protheroe/Spooks (2009); Brown/Malice Aforethought (2005)
Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth (2005) -> Henderson/Frozen (2006); Hawes/Vicar of Dibley (2006)
Marie Lloyd (2007) -> Parkes/Strike Back (2010)
Robin Hood (2009)-> Harewood/Strike Back (2010); Stephens/Strike Back (2010); Pulver/Spooks (2011)

I’m sure there are other current examples of RA working again with his colleagues–and that will probably increase in the futur. I think that is just the nature of the entertainment business that you will work again with individuals.  Afterall, didn’t Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy have nine film pairings together?   Actors working together with familiar colleagues reminds meof the Mickey Rooney’s old Andy Hardy movies where the teens found a vacant barn, lots of props and costumes just lying aroun, then Andy said “Hey kids, let’s put on a show.” Though a global enterprise, the entertainment world is a “small” business–where everyone knows each other, or strives to know each other in making network connections for the future.

And now that Richard Armitage has joined the wider sphere of international filmmaking with his portrayal of the villain Heinz Kruger in Captain America, and his lead role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films, there is no limit to the artistic opportunities that will come his way. Mr. Armitage is such a chameleon in his portrayals–despite some “referencing” of his past roles when in a current role as an inside joke as others have mentioned–leather, gloved hands being removed by his teeth, his devilish smirk, etc.  In my opinion, I posit that Mr. Armitage does not “repeat” himself in the sense of his characters’ physicality and their vocal differences being so distinct.   I’ll have to do a whole post soon on Mr. Armitage’s deep velvety baritone voice with which he changes accents or inflections so subtly–it’s been germinating for a while now.

Mr. Armitage’s character portrayals and their facial microexpressions, body/gestural phyiscality, and voice, etc., are so distinct for me that I often don’t recognize Mr. Armitage–wondering if he got his older brother to play the handsomely dashing and in command Thornton (left)  since the slightly shy but articulate man (right) giving the interview about playing Thorton on the 2004 North & South DVD was nothing like Thornton.   You tell me.  Would “you” think these two blokes were the same man?  I was astonished!  And I knew then and there that Mr. Richard Crispin Armitage is a wonderful actor and storyteller.  I’ve said it before, Mr. Armitage is an acting chameleon.  And we are the luckier for it.

(Image of Mr. Armitage portraying John Thornton from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode2/slides/ns2-116.html)

(Image of Mr. Armitage being interviewed about playing Thornton from RANet http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/N&Sextras/slides/ext_14.html)

It is Mr. Armitage’s gift to his audience–inhabiting characters for a time so completely and authentically that we “suspend our disbelief” and immerse ourselves in the story that he is telling.  There are a few other actor/filmmakers whom I would say have this gift:  Laurence Olivier did, Jack Nicholson and Gene Hackman do, and even more contemparily with Mr. Armitage’s age generation, Kevin Spacey does.  And like Kevin Spacey’s regal cat like (“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”) or endearing sweet portrayals (“Pay it Forward” or “The Shipping News”), Mr. Armitage has portrayed similar winning characters as well.  Mr. Armitage’s Sir Guy in Robin Hood is a panther as my friend Angie refers to the character, and Mr. Armitage’s John Standring character in Sparkhouse was a nice bloke you could build a life with as I pointed out in my blog post #4, and then we have the gritty, tough, honorable John Porter character that Mr. Armitage portrayed in Strike Back Series 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) that I also went into detail about in my blog post #13.  Mr. Armitage’s range in character portrayals is vast and unlimited.  I truly believe that Mr. Armitage will soon be esteemed as one of the finest actors of his generation.

So, to get back to my original point about Richard Armitage’s acting partnerships, I wish him continued success and many opportunities to work with as many actors he admires and hopes to work with anew and again.  Just as many actors no doubt admire and want to work with Mr. Armitage anew and again.

Cheers!  Gratiana  ;->

P.S.  I invite you to share any other mutiple collaborations between Mr. Armitage and his acting colleagues that you are aware of.

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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26 Responses to Old Acting Partnerships Spark New Artistic Collaborations for Richard Armitage Over the Years, rev9/24/11 GratianaDS90 (Post #18)

  1. fitzg says:

    No one seems to have any problem working with Mr. Armitage! :) The British acting community does seem very small from the TV viewer perspective. Still, BBC probably focuses on tried&true actors. btw, has anyone seen Peter Firth in anything besides MI5/Spooks? Just as a facetious aside, no doubt RA’s previous female acting partners line up for the opportunity to work with him again! I’m sure Lucy Griffiths would leap at the chance….

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    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Fitzg,

      I wholeheartedly agree with you! When millions of dollars are at stake, it’s best to go with an actor with a proven track record–like Mr. Armitage. As to Peter Firth not branching out during his time on Spooks–and I’m in the U.S., so we aren’t aware of all of the Brit tv and movies–but, that may be a personal choice on his part. I heard Mr. Firth mention in a recent interview about Spooks 10 that he has reached a certain point in his life and he has a young child. So maybe his priorities are in a different direction–feeling like he has accomplished what he wanted to do professionally. But, I’m speculating.

      With regard to Mr. Armitage’s previous on screen love interests or other female acting partners, it just hit me that he should do a romantic comedy a la “27 Dresses”. He could revisit his past loves–played by the women he’s acted with in the past, including the lovely Ms. Griffiths (as a brunette, blond is not her best coor)–in an attempt to find and keep true love. Okay Hollywood, I’ve just given you a two sentence premise. Now get started on the treatments–or maybe I will–to pitch it to a studio. His fans hope to see Mr. Armitage portray a character before Thorin in December 2012–and please make it a light romantic comedy. Ha!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. I even have a new season of The Vicar of Dibley fleshed out with 8 episodes outlined and some of the script dialogue written I’m so eager to see Mr. Armitage return to his Harry Kennedy role opposite the lovely and talented Dawn French as his wife Geraldine. But of course, I have no way to connect with Richard Curtis or Paul Mahew–the writers–and the BBC doesn’t accept non-Brits submitting story ideas or scripts. How anglopheniacentric of them. Ha!

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    • Jane says:

      Peter Firth was recently seen in “South Riding” with Anna Maxwell-Martin (Bessy Higgins) and he was totally unrecognisable.

      And with regards to RA’s new colleagues in the bigger movie world, Hobbit lead Martin Freeman and CA lead Chris Evans apparently are in romantic comedy called “What’s Your Number?” together. And of course Hugo Weaving is in both the Hobbit and CA.

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  2. linda60 says:

    Hi Gratiana, just a short insertion: Richard played with Holliday Grainger in Sparkhouse (Lisa) and in Robin Hood 3 (Meg). I greatly liked her in both roles.
    BTW it´s always a delight to find SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE :-)
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Bless you Linda60!

      I was wracking my brain–knowing that I had left someone important out, but it was escaping me as I was dealing with blog technical glitches. I’ve adde Holliday Granger as #11 and also noted my thanks for your reminder above.

      And thanks for your kind words about my little blog. I’m trying to reach a happy balance between topics involving love, Richard Armitage, and/or Richard Armitage as love interest–among other topics that I post about. Ha!

      I’m glad you found me–given the technical glitches I’m experiencing with WordPress and my “shadow blog” that keeps bumping my real “Something About Love (A)” blog off screen. I gather in looking at the WP support pages that others have a similar shadow blog problem. So if we reach a critical mass of users with problems, then maybe WP will help us. But other than the technical glitches–which are considerable–I do find WordPress easy to use to create my blogs and insert various types of media in them.

      I hope you will visit again.

      Cheers! Gratiana ;->

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      • linda60 says:

        I´m afraid, you`re right Gratiana. There was no chance yesterday evening to get somewhere else then to your shadow blog (Spooky!!). It happend several times before, but not so persistantly. But I can be persistantly too!! I hang tough…:-)
        Have a nice sunday!

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  3. phylly3 says:

    Nice topic Gratianna! I had just read that comment about Chris Ryan working on Ultimate Force and that was a surprise to me. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Hermione Norris in Cold Feet in one of the Youtube videos that didn’t edit out every scene that RA wasn’t in! :)
    @fitzg — I saw Peter Firth in a small role in South Riding starring Anna Maxwell Martin (who also played Bessie in North and South).

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  4. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Phylly3,

    Thanks for your nice note! I learn something new about Richard Armitage every time I go researching a blog post I’m working on, visit someone else’s blog, or watch an RA related video, etc. The Chris Ryan connection was new to me as was the Macbeth connection.

    And I tip my hat to Alicat–the Admin and power behind RANet (www.richardarmitagenet.com)–for her wonderfully organized and detailed resources about Mr. Armitage.

    Thanks again for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati

    P.S. Perhaps I should have also included that although they did not act together in the same play, several of his North and South colleagues–Tim Piggot-Smith who played Richard Hale and Lesley Manville who played Maria Hale–also performed in the November 2010 Old Vic 24 Hour Plays as did Mr. Armitage.

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  5. fabi says:

    Hi Grati, great post. You have done some research here. It’s almost like that game “Six degrees of separation”, isn’t it?
    I’ve enjoyed several minutes searching another connection and found one for your list: William Houston, who was John Boucher in North & South, played a small part in Robin Hood season 3 episode 2, as an Irish warrior who buys some local village men from the Sheriff to fight in his army.
    I’m not an English speaker, then I found particularly interesting your reference about Brits doing American accent. And I take this opportunity to ask you: it’s true that Richard’s American accent in Captain America wasn’t good? I’m curious about it and had no one to ask, LOL!

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  6. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Fabi!

    Thanks for your nice note. I would say that 2/3 of my connection references were ones that I had noticed immediately. The others took some digging. But I had to dig up the pictures for all of them. That’s what takes so long. But pictures add visual interest and focus your attention–as well as jog your memory of who an actor is.

    Thanks also for the William Houston Boucher/N&S to RH3epi2 link. I vaguely recall him in RH3. Good eye.

    Actually, I thought Richard Armitage did a credible American accent in Captain America. Accents are very regional and he had a consistent one–a bit Midwest with uppercrust East Coast thrown in. Nicely done RA. By the same token, his German accent sounded right as well. I’m far removed from my German great grandparents of the 19th century, but RA’s German accent was subtle.

    But then, Richard Armitage has changed his Brit accent on occasion. In Sparkhouse, the lower class characters used a very regional dialect–hence the captioning so we could understand them. I loved how Richard trilled his “R’s” as John Standring in saying Carol’s name as “Carrol”. And there were a lot of unique contractions and truncations of words in the script, too–like John saying his lovemaking attempt “tweren’t brilliant”, or when John asks Carol if they’ll have kids, she replies “appen, na stray away”. The screen writer Sally Wainwright did a masterful job.

    I think the main problem I had with the Sarah Caldwell Spooks Actress was that her word pronunciations were not consistent. And she sounded so “twangy”–full of diphthongs, which means elongating and adding in extra sounds. Instead of saying ham, she would say “hayam”. Yikes!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

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  7. fabi says:

    I’m glad he learned it well, then. I hope this can help to open many doors in Hollywood, because talent and good looks he has to spare, as we fully know.
    Do you remember an interview when he spoke about not being able to do a good accent? I suppose it was one of his self-deprecating jokes, that adorable man. *sigh*

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    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Fabi,
      Yes, Hollywood and the international film community will be knocking o Mr. Armitage’s door from now on. His career is going to go into the stratosphere and beyond he’s so talented–and now that everyone will know about him with his leading role of Thorin in The Hobbit. I’m pleased as punch for him.

      I hadn’t seen the interview you mention about him self deprecatingly saying he couldn’t to an accent. But I agree, it sounds like him being humble. What a lovely fellow he is.

      His United Agents profile page listed at one time several English accents/dialects that he could do. Of course for Sparkhouse, North & South–versus Robin Hood, Spooks, and Stirke Back–his accents were very different. Not to mention his American and then German accents in Captain America. The man has an amazing voice that he knows how to use to great effect. Sighhhhhhh! However, his agent’s page on him currently merely lists his own accent–Northern Yorkshire: http://unitedagents.co.uk/richard-armitage#profile-1

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. WP might be getting closer to fixing my blog glitch. I’ve been emailing a Tech Guy back and forth and I’m hopeful. Fingers Crossed.

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      • Jane says:

        A few years ago he told a story about auditioning for an American TV series with what he thought was an American accent only to be told to repeat his scene with an American accent. Not sure how much of that was true and how much his usual self-deprecating way.

        Last year he did a radio program reading poems and one of them with an American accent with native speaker thought left something to be desired (I’m sure you find a discussion on Servetus’ blog). I hope he has to sorted out by now because it would limit the number of things he could do after the Hobbit.

        BTW lovely to find a new RA blog! I need to clear my cache to be direct to the right blog, not the shadow blog.

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  8. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Linda60,

    Thanks for visiting again. I’m working with a WP tech support guy now who is trying to fix my glitch. I thought he had it solved this morning when I could only see “Something About Love (A)” in my menu. But when I tried to click on the comments people had left here, it diverted me to the shadow blog. Rats. Ha!

    But, I did my “work around” trick and got this “Something About Love (A)” blog showing again. I’m just hoping that my WP Happiness Engineer–that’s their title, so I’m hoping to be made happy soon, Ha!–can help. He’s emailed me back and forth several times in the last 24 hours. So, with him working on the problem, I’m hopeful.

    Thanks and best wishes, Grati ;->

    P.S. I’m going to put up another post today. Cheers!

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  9. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Jane,

    Thank for your comments. I don’t recall the interview you mentioned about an audtion for an American role. However, I hope that Mr. Armitage keeps his Brit accent in some of his roles–his deep velvety baritone and British accent melts my heart. With his star on the rise internationally, Mr. Armitage won’t have to change his accent unless the role specifically calls for it. And as I cited above in an earlier post with his keen ear and facility for various British accents and dialects, Mr. Armitage should have no problems in affecting an American or any other accent. I thought he sounded quite credible as an American in Captain America–and even more complex, as a German Spy affecting an American accent.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

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    • Jane says:

      I would love him to only play British characters with a British accent but that would limit him. For an American character in an American movie a immaculate accent is a must and as his fans love to scrutinise everything he does nothing but a perfect accent will do. As I said apparently what he used for that poem wasn’t satisfactory. Frankly, I think working on his American accent would be much more useful then working on his physical fitness.

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  10. GratianaDS90 says:

    I don’t think we’re that far apart, Jane.
    I don’t want Mr. Armitage to “only” use his British accent–just not to squelch it for every U.S. film role he might seek. Films are so multinational these days that people come from around the globe–with a myriad number of accents. I don’t think we’d be asking Latina/o actors who speak English as a second language to change their accents. Instead, we embrace them and perhaps tweak the character to widen our viewpoints–thereby expanding the notion of who might “fit” in a particular role and expanding opportunities to a wider group of actors. And I think Mr. Armitage will do a fine job with an American, British, or whatever accent he chooses to use. Look at Meryl Streep. She’s a banquet of cultural accents in her many film roles–and we are the better for her taking them on. Oh and, I think Mr. Armitage can do both–work on new accents and work out. Ha!
    Thanks for visiting and commenting!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

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    • Jane says:

      I agree, if they want HIM they can work around the accent and let the character have a British background. But if he is considered along with many others it might be a disadvantage. While I think The Hobbit will boost his career I’m not as confident about his future as you are. I think he has joined the pool of British actors competing for Hollywood roles, that is all.

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  11. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi again Jane,

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that anyone can just sit back and expect offers to come their way. But my confidence in Mr. Armitage’s exquisite (love that word) talent means that I think Mr. Armitage will compare favorably to his peers.

    Mr. Armitage brings a heightened authenticity to his character portrayals that I find lacking in other actors–who seem to just be playing themselves, or a version of themselves. Like I’ve said before, I haven’t recognized Mr. Armitage in some of his character roles because he so immerses himself in his character portrayals. For example, I couldn’t believe that the shy but articulate man being interviewed on the North and South DVD about playing “the role of a lifetime” was the same actor who portrayed the regal, in command, tenderly passionate, John Thornton. I was astonished and knew then and there that Mr. Armitage is a wonderful actor and storyteller.

    I appreciate the subtle details and nuances that Mr. Armitage brings to his roles. And it is only after I have watched him in a role several times–and start “analyzing” it–that I begin to see the subtleties that he embues his roles with, because he makes it seem so effortless. But as Mr. Armitage has said many times in interviews, he researches his characters, creates back stories for them, etc. He does his homework.

    And Mr. Armitage’s talent and level of dedication to his craft is something that filmmakers will want to work with.

    Cheers! Grati ;->

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  12. Feb. 6, 2014– Morrighan’s Muse at her Love, Sex, and Dirty Words blog shared another acting partnership: Lucy Brown portrayed Ann Latimer in North & South, and they she later appeared in Malice Aforethought with RA.

    Here is MM’s blog post link with pictures:

    http://lovesexandotherdirtywords.com/2014/02/06/on-the-set-of-malice-aforethought/

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  13. Perry says:

    Hermione Norris in Spooks and Cold Feet (and Clarissa radio play).

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    • Thanks, Perry! I had Norris for Spooks and Cold Feet in my post above. But I had no idea she was in the Clarissa radio play. I remember listening to it a while back, but I can’t recall anyone but RA’s voice. Ha! What was her part?

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  14. Feb. 07, 2014–Velvet (Morrighan’s Muse) of the Love, Sex, and Dirty Words blog did some background digging and found an old photo of Richard Armitage relaxing with some of his RSC colleagues who were on a tour of MacBeth in NYC in 2000. The colleague was Stephen Noonan whom Velvet also points out played in Spooks series 7–she has the pix to prove it. Ha! Here is the link to Velvet’s RSC and Noonan acting partnership post:

    http://lovesexandotherdirtywords.com/2014/02/07/on-2000-rsc-macbeth-and-asa-darlek/

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  15. Pingback: Fun Day Sunday:  Grati Hopes for a Nearby Richard Armitage Movie Con, April 20, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #550) | Something About Love (A)

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