Last year in AW Chat, I joked with my Richard Armitage Fangirl friends that if we did do a road trip to the NYC premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, that I would be too shy to push my way in front of the street crowd for a glimpse of Richard Armitage in front of the Ziegfeld Theatre [(1) left] on its Red Carpet. I’m 5ft 3 so I would have needed a periscope to see over everyone else’s heads–even to see the very tall Mr. Armitage. But at least I could have bonded in person with my RA friends.
What a difference a year makes. C’est la vie. The practicalities of life–travel costs, arthritis, work responsibilities, pet tending, etc.–made my going to NYC not even remotely possible. And as it turns out, I am still battling with bout of bronchitis. So I couldn’t have gone anyway–silver lining that.
But, I had hoped to watch The Hobbit NYC Premiere Red Carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre online live like we did for Wellington and Tokyo premieres–we all did. But, it was not to be. Though the Dec. 6th Hobbit Premiere in NYC was slated as a fundraiser for AFI (American Film Institute), someone must have forgotten to tell them that the broadcast rights for the Red Carpet would be a gold mine for their fundraiser. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the NYC premiere in the coming days.
At least, my RA fangirl friends and I bonded last night Twittering and Facebooking each other as snippets about the Premiere was shared by those who were in the crows at the premiere. Snap! Some RA lady fans–RAFrenzy, Franny, Kathleen, Janine, etc.–attended at the NYC premiere Red Carpet and tweeted updates. And they even captured video footage of Richard Armitage arriving and shared it [(2)]. Thanks! They saved the day!
And Richard Armitage looked very dapper in his Glen Urquhart gray plaid suit [(3)] –another vested suit [(4) right]. Perfection! We are going to start calling him banker Armitage soon. But then again, from all of The Hobbit merchandising royalties that will hopefully be heading his way, he will need his own bank. Ha!
“Richard Armitage talks Thorin Oakenshield and The Hobbit” [(5) excerpted below] By Anne Brodie Dec 6, 2012
When asked about becoming Thorin, Richard Armitage replied:
“… The prospect of sitting in a theatre and watching another actor play Thorin [(6) left] when I’d been offered the role … Sometimes that happens. You have to walk away and you can’t make it work with dates. But I couldn’t have lived with myself if someone else had played it. I would rather have given up my career.
If The Hobbit was the last piece of work I ever do, I would be happy. I still feel that if I never work again I have had the most fulfilling experience an actor could ever have with this role. I’ve never been challenged in the way this role challenged me.
Every job I’ve ever done has led to this moment. …”
Well said, Mr. Armitage [(7) right]. This is your moment–and you are shining! My warmest congratulations to you!
1) Ziegfeld Theatre image was found at http://distilleryimage1.instagram.com/4feac8863ff811e28d6622000a1fbc43_7.jpg
2) Video post f Richard Armitage arriving at the NYC Premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” http://rafrenzy.com/2012/12/06/so-you-couldnt-make-it-to-the-hobbit-premiere/
3) Smithylass tweeted that “it’s a traditional weave that is used a lot here. Also called Glen Urquhart plaid.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_plaid
4) Richard Armitage picture shared by Morrighan’s Muse on Twitter, pix by Gary Gershoff
5) Thorin Oakenshield THAUJ poster was found at http://www.thehobbit.com/images/downloads/Posters/poster-thorin.jpg
6) “Richard Armiage talks Thorin Oakensheild and The Hobbit” by Anne Brodie (12/06/12), http://www.monstersandcritics.com/movies/features/article_1708072.php/Richard-Armitage-talks-Thorin-Oakenshield-and-The-Hobbit
7) Another great Gary Gershoff picture of Richard Armitage shared by Morrighan’s Muse on Twitter was found at https://twitter.com/MorrighansMuse/status/276883424818647042/photo/1
N.B. For readers of “Sir Guy’s Dilemma”, I am working on the next chapter–which will post on Friday, Dec. 14th.