I colloquially refer to this 2007 Portrait of Richard Armitage as “Windblown RA”. This is
one of my favorite portraits of Mr. Armitage because he seems so natural and unposed–his hair is caught by the wind, with wisps of hair blowing across his brow. And he exudes a casual ease and confidence here that is neither arrogant nor brash–unlike some of his dramatic character portrayals.
Richard Armitage’s face is turned to look at us–I love his direct into the camera lens gazes–as if we had asked him a question and he is contemplating an answer. But then, he decides to be circumspect and he demures–thereby increasing his mystery for us.
Also in this portrait, Richard Armitage possesses the barest hint of a smile that is not quite peeking through–perhaps it is a smile that he is trying to hide so carefully behind his brooding gaze. For me, this betokens a man with an inner reserve of mirth. And I, for one, love to see and hear him laugh. This powerfully strong man with a classically trained booming velvety baritone voice who melts our hearts and inspires our imaginations with his storytelling, has a light hearted and lilting laugh that is quite endearingly charming. Here is the brief video collection of a few examples of Richard Armitage laughing by Britu21, and titled “Richard Armitage” Ha-ha-ha!”:
And though leaning his back against the wall in this portrait shot (flipped), Richard Armitage is also leaning forward–as if to minimize his tall self somewhat. Or perhaps, he might wish to whisper something in someone’s ear–as if it is too private to be shared out loud. Were I to guess his intended remark, I would suggest that he might simply say “Lovely to meet you” as the well brought up gentleman and the kind and gentle man that he projects. Mr. Armitage is always unfailingly polite and courteous in his media interviews. And his costars have positively glowed about RA. Lucy Griffiths comes to mind, but maybe she had a little crush on Richard Armitage. I certainly couldn’t blame her. Ha!
In a moment, Richard Armitage will turn and continue walking down the street–just an everyday bloke to himself, unnoticed in the crowds rushing past. And I suspect, that he likes it that way.
Here is the RANet image link for the “Windblown RA Portrait” http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Richard/Promos/2007%20Promo/slides/ChrisFloyd02.html