We are in Day Seven of the FanstRAvaganza 3 in THE FANFIC tagteam chain! If you missed Day Six, please check out the posts at The Armitage Effect (http://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/ ) and Cerridwen Speaks (http://cerridwenspeaks.blogspot.com ),
For those of you who have visited my blog “Something About Love (A)” (www.gratianads90.wordpress.com ) before, you know that in addition to my storytelling, essays, sensuous love poems, RA trivia games, and video slideshows, I have a virtual Mice Girl guest blogger named Melissa the Mouse (MTM), whom we first met here. Melissa [(1) right] had her “brush with brieness” when she “met” Richard Armitage last Summer at his Recognise Magazine photoshoot and she detailed that meeting in the following post she titled “My Giant”. Since then, Melissa has listed her Twenty Preferences, visited the Holiday White House, and even reviewed the Women of Downton Abbey. And we cannot forget Melissa’s musical co-production post with Patty the Pom called Mouse of the Dance. Melissa is a cheesy girl who only writes in verse and today’s offering about Richard Armitage is in the form of rhyming couplets–though cadence is out the window. Ha! Enjoy!
Cheers! Grati ;-> (Gratiana Lovelace)
Melissa the Mouse Wishing Richard Armitage Many Good Cheeses (a poem by Gratiana Lovelace)
Richard Armitage was a nice bloke from Leicester.
He joined the circus after his parents he did pester.
And though he was later in the musical CATS,
As a Mice Girl, I won’t hold it against him–not even a wedge of cheese–for that.
Because though musical theatre was his first love, [(2) right]
He felt it did not fit him, like a black leather glove.
So off RA enrolled in LAMDA in London,
And there he studied the dramatic arts a ton.
He was also in a stage play about a cardigan [(3) right],
Though it was a metaphor about relational shenanigans.
And one could see the smoulder in his eyes even then.
To capture the hearts of ladies now and again.
After Richard did a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including a tour,
Television beckoned with “Sparkhouse”, that was set on the moors.
But women’s ovaries burst with love when he portrayed the role of John Thornton [(4) right],
The stern but heart stoppingly romantic swain of “North & South” that was set in Milton.
Richard was a perfection of cheeses and provolone colored cravats as John Thornton, in my non human mice girl mind.
And even though I look at things through cheese scented glasses, I thought he was handsome–for his kind.
Could Richard have imagined then, the trajectory that his career would follow?
Portraying an errant knight Sir Guy, the tragic Spy Lucas, and even Porter wasn’t mellow?
RA as the French born Sir Guy in black leather was non cheesily Guy-li-cious!
RA’s Gisborne was smoulderingly good like a fine Roquefort cheese–so luscious.
But it was RA’s tragic Lucas North [(5) right] whose story of sacrifice melted our hearts.
And RA’s honorable John Porter was a man of good character, right from the start.
One of Richard’s most endearing roles was as Harry to the Vicar Geraldine [(6) right].
He made women around the world swoon with his fun loving side that was seen.
And we cannot forget Richard’s role in The Impressionists, as Monsieur Claude Monet,
Nor the dastardly alluring John Mulligan whose escapades have a stinky Stilton cheese bouquet.
But now Richard will bring to life “The Hobbit’s” great and fierce Thorin Oakenshield,
And only time will tell what future artistic projects–and cheeses–for RA that this pivotal lead role will yield.
For me, as a mice girl, I have only a few dreams, and wishes, and one fervent hope,
For Richard to have his coming Hobbit fame as Thorin [(7) right] to be manageable for him in size and scope.
Richard, the actor, storyteller, humanitarian, and gentleman has worked hard for the place that he is in,
With a full and varied career behind him–as a mature man of the world—he can appreciate where he has been.
So Richard, I wish you great joy, love, happiness, and cheeses [(8) right] galore.
Because you possess an exquisite talent and deserve this recognition even more.
Very Micely Yours, Melissa the Mouse
(1) Image representing the virtual Melissa the Mouse–a character that Gratiana Lovelace created and will expand upon in future posts–was found at http://images.macworld.com/appguide/images/312/621/772/ss2.jpg ; lavender dress was masked and then composited onto the mouse image and was found at http://www.meetgypsy.com/Oscars_04_G400.jpg
(2) Image of Richard Armitage lifting a girl in the air is from the 2003 JRM MC Photoshoot found at
(3) Richard Armitage and unidentified actress performing in the 2002 stage play “Use me as your Cardigan” found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2002Theatre/album/slides/use_me_as_your_cardigan_1.html
(4) Richard Armitage as John Thornton in the 2004 North & South, episode 2 (pix 116) found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode2/slides/ns2-116.html
(5) Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks, series 7, episode 1 (pix 3) found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/album/ep1/slides/spooks701_003.html
(6) Dawn French and Richard Armitage, cropped promo shot 7 from The Vicar of Dibley (2006) found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/VOD/album/VODPromo/album/slides/vod07.html
(7) Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield talking to Gandalf as portrayed by Ian McKellan in “The Hobbit” movie announcement trailer, pix 24 found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/HobbitTrailer/album/slides/HobbitTrailer24.html
(8) Image representing Melissa’s “perfection of cheeses” found at http://www.igourmet.com/images/topics/stack.jpg
(9) Nota Bene: Melissa the Mouse is a fictional, virtual character created by her non virtual human Gratiana Lovelace. Melissa the Mouse plans to virtually visit and fictionally write about her experiences in mice life. So, please suspend your disbelief and join her for the ride. All references to real persons living, dead, or undead (since vampires are so popular these days, eek!)–-whom she may or may not have met–-and actual places she may or may not have visited are pure whimsy and meant in good fun.
P.S. And as I have said before, Richard Armitage is male beauty personified–both inside and out. Mr. Armitage is unfailingly polite and gentlemanly, a consummate professional as an artist and filmmaker, and he compassionately supports charitable causes. Please see the Just Giving Link here (http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage ) or in the sidebar at right under “Actor/Richard Armitage: Official/Semi Official Sites” should you feel moved to make a donation to one of Mr. Armitage’s chosen charities. And as to Mr. Armitage’s handsomeness? Sighhhh! Well, Michaelangelo’s David sculpture has nothing on Mr. Armitage. Ha! Richard Armitage is a nice guy. And much to his disavowal, he does have a “nice guy face”–especially when he smiles.
However, it is Richard Armitage’s exquisitely talented storytelling and filmmaking that I most admire. Seeing the juxtaposition of Richard Armitage in real life compared to his many and varied dramatic character portrayals in his reel life, just makes his storytelling artistry that much more brilliant. Mr. Armitage is a gifted chameleon of an actor who authentically portrays his characters with such depth and attention to multi-faceted nuances that we, his audience, become immersed in his story telling.
Also in Day Seven, please see my F3 partner’s post at Fly High! (http://flyhigh-by-learnonline.blogspot.com ).
All F3 links can be found at http://fanstravaganza.rgcwp.com/fanstravaganza/fanstravaganza-2012/