Guy Day Friday: Reblogging Servetus’ Essay About “Armitage Reacting” While Acting as Sir Guy in Robin Hood, 10/19/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #291)

Michaela Servetus–the  Me + Richard Armitage blogger–is widely known for her finely nuanced analyses.  And on Wednesday October 17, 2012, she had another real gem of an essay about Richard Armitage (portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne)  acting with Keith Allen (portraying the Sheriff) in the BBC series Robin Hood that aired 3 series/seasons from 2006 to 2009.

Servetus walks us through a BBC Robin Hood scene from Series 1, episode 13 of finely tuned humiliation for Sir Guy by the Sheriff.  And she provides beautiful examples to illustrate her points about Mr. Armitage’s artistry in creating the many colors of that humiliation.

Through Servetus’ keen eyes and mind shared with us in her essay, we develop a better understanding of the subtle nuances in Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Sir Guy.  And consequently, our appreciation and admiration for Mr. Armitage’s acting and storytelling deepens.

I loved Servetus’ essay  and I’m sure you will, too.

Cheers!   Grati  ;->

Here is the beginning of Servetus’ essay:

“All acting is reacting” is a common actor’s maxim (is this Stanislavski speaking? Better informed people than I will know the answer). I suspect this notion lies at the basis of Richard Armitage’s conviction that he does best when he’s reacting to someone else in a scene (and his desire to avoid situations in which he’s not reacting to anyone present, although we have seen a brief one-man performance that was more than convincing). He’s an actor who gets an unusual amount of mileage from his reactions, and he mentioned more than once that the unpredictability of Keith Allen played a significant role in influencing those scenes:”

For the rest of Servetus’ beautiful essay, please visit:


“Armitage Reacting”, by Michaela Servetus, 10/17/12, was found at

Servetus’ caption for the image reproduced here is:  “0:26 — and finally we get there: anger, or potential danger. Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood 1.13. My cap.”


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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11 Responses to Guy Day Friday: Reblogging Servetus’ Essay About “Armitage Reacting” While Acting as Sir Guy in Robin Hood, 10/19/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #291)

  1. Teuchter says:

    I actually re-watched that episode tonight and had previously read Servetus’ essay. It’s lovely to watch Guy in detail which is what I did, stopping, starting, rewinding etc. Made for a very enjoyable evening of sighing, swooning, thudding and drooling! ;)


    • Hi Teuchter,
      I need to rewatch that episode now myself now that I have read Serv’s essay a few times. Of course, watching Richard Armitage as Sir Guy is always enjoyable! And your description of “our” reaction to him is most apt. Ha!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. I read the entire essay and watched the video. I like how she broke down RA’s performance in that scene — a really great analysis!


  3. Servetus says:

    Aaw, thanks for the link love and the nice comments. It’s really hard to keep my fingers off the slomo, rewind, and replay buttons when I’m watching Guy. He’s just always doing so much!


  4. april73 says:

    I need to re-watch “Robin Hood”. ;-)


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