The talented British Actor Richard Crispin Armitage [(1) right]–RA–has legions of devoted fans world wide. And he comes by them honestly–through his masterful storytelling as an actor and filmmaker, his gentlemanly persona in interviews, and his support of various charitable causes. But if you’re new to Richard Armitage and you need to get up to speed on him, please visit RANet’s [(2)] wonderful and well organized resources about his artistic projects at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career.html and in general on their web site at http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com
The man–Richard Armitage–is a veritable cottage industry of artistic projects his work is so prolific and varied: acting in successful tv series and films, documentary narrations, audio books, poetry readings [(3)], and as a commercial/advert voice over artist [(4)], etc. Afterall , RA was also the stirring voice of the British Olympics commercials. Oh and don’t forget, that he also hopes to produce a film about his name sake, Richard III [(5)]. So, he might even add writing, producing, and directing to his credits.
And now, Mr. Armitage is currently filming the pivotal lead role of Thorin Oakenshield [(6) right] in “The Hobbit” films: “An Unexpected Journey”, to be released in 2012; and “There and Back Again” to be released in 2013. These films–taking over two years to film–will be a juggernaut in bringing the epic Tolkien book “The Hobbit” to life.
Larry D. Curtis of Next Movie.com [(7) quotes and image below] posed the question “Who will be the breakout star of ‘The Hobbit’?” in his article online yesterday.
Here is an excerpt of what Mr. Curtis wrote quoted below for you:
This guy has fans and they’re extremely devoted, but he isn’t in the minds of the general public — yet. The “Captain America” star is rich with talent and his role as emotionally tortured dwarf Thorin Oakenshield will let him showcase his abilities.
Thorin is complex and conflicted, will have his fare share of screen time and will also be the most heroic dwarf in Bilbo’s company. And, as we already know from the films’ single trailer, he gets to use his trademark baritone voice.”
After assessing several of the other cast members general strengths and appeal in his article, Mr. Curtis gave his answer as to who he thinks will become a superstar: Richard Armitage
Ultimately, being in these films is a career win for all of these guys. Others will benefit as well, but this group stands the best chance of reaping the biggest benefits from their work. They can also kiss privacy goodbye and can start planning, if they choose, convention appearances for the next 30 years.
In terms of skyrocketing career moves, Armitage will be the ultimate winner. Thorin will be a more important part of this film than many realize and the Shakespearian tragedy elements, with his talent and good looks, make this a perfect situation for him. Still, the rest of the group can console itself knowing they all will enjoy a pile of dragon’s gold, fame and buzz.”
But, I urge you to visit the Next Movie.com website and read Mr. Curtis’ full article [(6)] at http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/breakout-star-the-hobbit/ They also provide some helpful resource links to Hobbit related sites as well. Enjoy!
I sincerely hope Mr. Curtis’ assessment is correct and that the international filmmaking community does acknowledge Richard Armitage’s extraordinary artistic talent through his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” films. Mr. Armitage so immerses himself in his character portrayals that he becomes that person. His authentic acting style is so realistic that he transports his audiences to other worlds, cultures, time periods, and emotions. Superstardom beckoning for Richard Armitage will surely bring him a wealth of other prestigious artistic projects to select from for his future acting gigs. And as one fan of Mr. Armitage’s storytelling gifts, I can’t wait to see him as Thorin and in his future roles.
(1) Richard Armitage attending the NYC premiere of his film Captain America: First Avengers–where he portrayed the villain Heinz Kruger–was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/EventsandAppearances/NYCScreening-20July2011/album/slides/NYC-08.html
(3) I was so moved by Richard Armitage’s poetry readings that I selected three poems that he voiced for my 9/11 Tenth Memorial Video found at http://vimeo.com/28893164
(4) One of my favorites of Richard Armitage’s commercials(or adverts as the Brits say) is for Pilsner Urquell beer. This video is remarkable for its stunning visuals–as well as Mr. Armitage’s velvety baritone voice–and is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gVcGnXFsGg
(5) In January 2012, I featured the work of the King Richard Armitage project–a group of Richard Armitage fans who support his artistic vision in hoping to create a new film about King Richard III. My essay link with links to their resources is found at https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/for-your-consideration-a-king-richard-armitage-fan-support-project-update-12512-gratiana-lovelace-post-113/
(6) “World’s Tallest Dwarf” portrait of Richard Armitage from the Project Magazine photo shoot was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/ProjectMagJuly2011/album/slides/ProjectMag-02.html; the accompanying article is found at
(7) Curtis, Larry D. (April 3, 2012). “Who will be the breakout star of ‘The Hobbit’?” article was found at http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/breakout-star-the-hobbit/; the portrait image of Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield used in that article was courtesy of Warner Bros., the studio producing “The Hobbit” films.