Yesterday, RANet had a link to a Stuff.co.nz article about Sir Ian’s Theatre magic [(1) and below], where it hinted that the final night of his benefit would include some of Sir Ian’s Hobbit cast mates as excerpted in quotes below:
“In Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings the wizard Gandalf uses magic to both delight hobbits and fight evil.
But in real life, British actor Sir Ian McKellen – who has reprised the role for The Hobbit – has conjured up a little magic of his own.
For the past six weeks on Saturdays and Sundays he’s toured new show Ian McKellen on Stage from Auckland to Wanaka, after largely spending Monday to Friday filming The Hobbit in Wellington. The goal is to raise money for Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal. All proceeds from the performances go to the theatre and it has so far raised more than $250,000.
McKellen’s last two shows are this weekend, with a performance on Saturday at Wellington’s Opera House – the audience will include some of The Hobbit cast and crew, including Jackson – and then the final show in Carterton on Sunday.”
And today in the world of Richard Armitage news? Gandalf the Good did not disappoint! Sir Ian’s cast mates turned up to help Isaac Theatre Royal Earthquake relief in droves–or perhaps, I should say, in Dwarves? Ha!
And there are some especially nice pictures of Richard Armitage in the mix found on RAFrenzy’s tumblr account [(2)] account link that she posted on her Twitter account about an hour ago now. Thanks Frenz!
Pix 1 (below)
Here is one of those photos of The Hobbit Cast with some audience members at Sir Ian’s Theatre benefit for Isaac Theatre Royal Earthquake relief. RA is the tall guy with beard in the back.
OMG! That doesn’t even begin to cover how smoulderingly sexy RA looks here–and he’s not even trying to be sexy, which makes it even better–hairy arms, beard, and hair closer to his natural brown hair color (with maybe a little gRAy peeking through). The man gets more handsome as he gets older. Sighhhhh!
Richard Armitage is so going to rock the world as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. RA is an amazing storyteller and it is so fitting that he will bring the character of Thorin and his quest to life for all of us.
Pix #3 and 4 (below, my crop and zoom, and sharp on left image)
Extreme close up crop of Richard Armitage from the above photo, and another image’s crop of his profile.
My eyes are transfixed on RA’s handsome visage. Sighhhhhhhhhhh! And he supports this and other charities. He is not only a great actor and storyteller, he is such a great guy, too! I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m a puddle of womanly essence right now.
And finally, here is the YouTube video of The Hobbit cast at the benefit in a video titled “Ian McKellen On Stage – Hobbit Cast Appearance (incl. Martin Freeman)”, by brionyjae [(4) below]. Sir Ian is quite humorous listing off the French “noble’s” who were killed in a scene reenactment from a Shakespeare play. The sound is a little wobbly at first, but the names all appear to be wines and champagnes. Ha!:
For more pictures of and news about this event, visit RANEt’s June 23, 2012 link [(3)].
P.S. I know Saturday isn’t a usual post day for me. But these pictures and links are too good to wait until a Thorin Thursday day to post. Ha!
(1) Sir Ian’s Theatre Magic article on Stuff.co.nz was found at http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/7151516/Sir-Ians-theatre-magic Thanks to RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) for providing that link.
(3) RANet’s June 23, 2012 news link about the benefit with pictures, etc., was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/news.html#june23
(4) “Ian mcKellen On Stage – Hobbit Cast Appearance (incl. Martin Freeman)”, a YouTube video of The Hobbit cast at the benefit in a video by brionyjae http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fznfX4947A&feature=player_embedded