We have all had an embarrassing moment or two in our lives, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it:
1) at five years old, I walked into a stranger’s hotel resort home rental because the other kids at the resort kid crafts activity mentioned that they were staying in what they didn’t know–but that I knew–was my grandmother’s former vacation home, only to realize where I was when the Dad looked up from his newspaper and said hello, which caused me to run screaming down the hill to my family’s guest cabin; that haunted me for years. Ha!
2) at twenty eight years old, I caught the heel of my shoe in my too long half slip when I was sitting down having lunch with my newly minted boyfriend, only to have my slip slowly slide down my tush and legs while I was walking in public with him after lunch as he walked me back to work across campus–until the only thing I could do was to let the slip puddle at my feet and then stuff it into my purse, as my boyfriend chuckled; but hey, he still married me 1.5 years later. Snap!
3) at forty one years old, you had an interviewer named George Stromboulopoulos play excerpts from a wonderful fan video by Romana55, “Richard Armitage: I Just Wanna Make Love to You” (And may I add, Yes, we really do!):
that showcases your muscular bare chest as gorgeous villainous medieval knight Sir Guy and other attributes in a small bathing costume as Lee, to an admiring studio audience, an admiring broadcast audience, and to the world via You Tube and Tumbler. I love Mabel’s Tumblr! (left and link below with her gifs of the Stroumbo interview): http://mabelalexa.tumblr.com/post/54961250727/richards-reaction-to-being-shown-a-fan-video
Yes, we can all relate to feeling embarrassed now and again. All I have to say is, Richard Honey, you got off sooooo easy because the Stroumbo interview was on broadcast tv that doesn’t allow some of your more adventuresome or edgy roles’ scenes to be shown–no peaches (as Paul in BTS) or your tender seduction and then sensuous mock lovemaking (as Percy in ML) that made us swoon for your tenderly passionate lover (that is, until Percy turned into a debauched lecher, ha!).
But your temporary insanity in mock attacking your Hobbit press tour interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos, to his giggles–and then you regaining your poise in stating sanguinely “that they talk about film being for life, and that’s why they say it”. And then you saying that “you do what you do and embrace it”, all the moments of ones’ life–endears you to us all the more.
And here again is the link for the wonderful George Stroumboulopoulos 2012 Interview of Richard Armitage as part of his The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Press tour in a video made available by RACentral. Richard Armitage really delves (no pun intended, ha!) into the motivations of his character of Thorin Oakenshield (left) in the three The Hobbit films –and what his acting process is in bringing such a complex persona as Thorin to vivid life for us and for generations to come:
And what I wonder is, if Richard Armitage had a piece of his clothing malfunction in public–or slide off of his body as I did–how would he handle it? Of course, we, RA’s fans, are now eagerly contemplating what kind of clothing malfunction we might want him to have. *wink* Giggles!
Yes, life has its embarrassments, but it is in how we react to them that is the true test of our mettle. And Richard Armitage (right) — gracious, poised, and dignified gentleman that he is — shows us how to respond with aplomb. Well, except for the mock choking bit. Ha!
Very truly yours (day or night; click on my contact form; seriously, I would hop a plane and get over my fear of flying for you, Ha!), Gratiana Lovelace
P.S. At more than 41 years old, I think that I just added another embarrassing moment to my own hit parade of RA admiration gushing on this blog. Ha! But hey, If I can’t make fun of myself, then I have lost my sense of humor. Ha!