Seeing British actor Richard Armitage in this black suede coat from his July 2011 Project Magazine photo shoot [(1) right] makes me think of warmth. In Spring, warmth is starting to come back to us. In Summer, we don’t need warmth because we have an abundance of it. In Autumn, we still take warmth for granted. But “now is the Winter of our discontent made glorious Summer by this” intense Richard Armitage portrait.
Who doesn’t recognize the original quote of this line as coming from the William Shakespeare play, Richard III? Here is the original line and Wikipedia’s description [(2) below] of its significance within the play:
(“sun of York” is a punning reference to the badge of the “blazing sun,” which Edward IV adopted, and “son of York”, i.e., the son of the Duke of York.)
The speech reveals Richard’s jealousy and ambition, as his brother rules the country successfully.” [(2)]
We have all been suitably schooled about the above related history of King Richard III [(3) picture above right] and what we have read in William Shakespeare’s Richard III play–that he was a baddie, not the least of which was due to him supposedly killing his nephews. That really would be beyond the pale. But is that the true historical record? British Actor Richard Armitage has long indicated his interest in reclaiming the heritage and accomplishments of King Richard III–for whom Mr. Armitage is named–by producing a new film about King Richard III at some time in the future.
Here is a video by faboamanto pulling together Richard Armitage’s statements in interviews about his hoped for King Richard III Project [(4) below]:
“Richard Armitage Talks about Richard III – King Richard Armitage Week Aug22-28, 2011” by faboamanto
And Richard Armitage fan CDoart has taken up this cause by encouraging other RA fans–who are also being supportive of Mr. Armitage’s artistic and historical goals–by sharing historical corrections, by highlighting King Richard III’s governing achievements, by signing a petition indicating fan interest for potential financial backers for the artistic project, and by creating and showcasing new fan artwork and such at her web site King Richard Armitage found at http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/ [(5) and banners above right and below].
So, you might click the link to head over to CDoart’s web site to find out more about the King Richard Armitage (KRA) web site’s supportive efforts. I signed the petition months ago. And I’m delighted to see that there are even more fans indicating their interest in Mr. Armitage’s hoped for artistic project now. And if you want to find out more about the connection Richard Armitage has with King Richard III–Richard Armitage’s birth date is significant–please visit the King Richard Armitage web site.
Besides, couldn’t we all rally behind this nobly fierce Richard Armitage as King Richard III as depicted in Daria GizTheGunslinger’s beautiful pencil drawing rendering [(6) right]?
P.S. And for more artwork and videos by Daria GizTheGunslinger, please visit:
(1) Portrait of Richard Armitage from his July 2011 Project Magazine photoshoot was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/ProjectMagJuly2011/album/slides/ProjectMag-07.html
(2) “Richard III”, a play by William Shakespeare; with more information found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_III_(play)
(3) Richard III image on King Richard Armitage website http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/ is courtesy of wikimedi.org
(4) “Richard Armitage Talks about Richard III – King Richard Armitage Week Aug 22-28, 2011”, a video compilation of various interviews by faboamanto was found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7DgHQuzK88
(5) For more information about the King Richard Armitage project, visit CDoart’s web site at http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/ ; and the two banner graphics may also be found there.
(6) King Richard III pencil Drawing by GizTheGunslinger in November 2011 and shared on RANet at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/artwork/RIII-Giz.jpg