The phrase “Sexy is as sexy does” plays off the phrase, “beauty is as beauty does” [(1)]. Meaning, that doing beautiful things–being kind, caring, dedicated, intelligent, talented, loving, etc.–makes a person beautiful. A person’s beautiful acts transcend and transform their physical appearance.
So by extending the metaphor, a person doing sexy things–either intentionally or unintentionally–becomes sexy for us, their loving caress of our cheek, the way their lips brush ours for a gentle kiss, and the way they hold us in their arms cuddling lovingly, etc.
We often say that British actor Richard Armitage (RA) is beautiful and sexy–perhaps especially when he is not necessarily trying to be either. Richard Armitage just is beautiful and sexy–classically handsome, self-effacingly charming, exquisitely talented, socially aware, and possessing a searing gaze of azure blue eyes that beckon us to know more of him. Though for myself, this particular Richard Armitage gaze [(2) right] into the camera lens is so intense that I sometimes bashfully look away. Perhaps RA channeling the Thorin scowl in this portrait here is off putting in its fierceness to me. But yet, It is still one of my favorite portraits of his–distilling his dramatic character personae into one man, complex, mysterious, and elusive, a fleeting ethereal moment preserved in time.
And yet, other portraits of Richard Armitage display a sense of lightheartedness, mirth, even joy [(3) below]. I am captivated and drawn to these smiling Richard portraits–however faint the smile–because I sense that these portraits are the daily Richard, reserving drama and angst for his character portrayals, but seeking peace and contentment in his own life. And yes, Richard Armitage remains firmly fixed in my thoughts as a gentleman and a gentle man–despite some of his rough and tumble heroic action adventure roles. No, I am not psychic and this is pure conjecture on my part. But, the kindness in Richard Armitage’s eyes in most of the portraits below are very beautiful and very sexy to me.
So what sexy beautiful thing(s) does Richard Armitage and/or his characters do–or say– that you find beautiful and sexy?
The floor is open for your comments. Pictures are welcome (of the PG-13 variety, I hasten to add).
Cheers! Grati ;->
P.S. And to close here is Elvira Sweeney’s hauntingly beautiful tribute to Richard Armitage’s complex and nuanced character portrayal of Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood (BBC 2006 – 2009) in a video [(4) below] titled “Guy of Gisborne–‘Truly a Thing of Beauty 2’ – Richard Armitage”:
(1) The phrase “beauty is as beauty does” was explained at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_Is_As_Beauty_Does
(2) This cropped and zoomed Project Magazine July 2011 photoshoot, pix 7, photographer was Matt Holyoak and was found at www.RichardArmitageNet.com
(3) The collage slide of Richard Armitage portraits as himself is from the RAFN 1st Anniversary video created by Gratiana Lovelace 6/24/12. The images are courtesy of www.RichardArmitageNet.com and Catherine (CathoNZ) who met RA recently.
(4) “Guy of Gisborne–‘Truly a Thing of Beauty 2’ – Richard Armitage”, a video by Elvira http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzNhrbVbXE0