It is with a heavy heart that I admit to you and to Richard Armitage [(1) below]–the exquisitely talented British actor, not the other guy–that my fan affections have been swayed by another. *Grati weeps–but not so much as to ruin her mascara, nor cause nose drool–and dabs a fine linen hankie at the corners of her eyes.*
Whom you might ask has purloined so loyal and dedicated a Richard Armitage admirer as
myself? *Grati bats her eyelashes coyly* It is none other than Mr. Armitage’s The Hobbit films costar, Graham McTavish (GMT) who portrays Dwalin [(2) right]. Oh the neckage! *Sighhhh!*
That is correct. The fifty three year old Scottish rogue in Grati’s collage below [(3) below]–with his deep voice (especially when he trills his R’s) that undoes me, his piercing gaze that makes me melt, and his devilish smile that betokens a wonderfully mischievous spirit–Graham McTavish has stolen my heart. Seeing GMT’s muscles on display below, can ye blame me? Sighhhh! And oh the light dusting of chest hair that further highlights Mr. McTavish’s fit physique! *THUD* And see? Graham even tackled Richard at Dwarf Boot Camp in his bid to become my premiere crush. *swoon*
When I cast Mr. McTavish for the pivotal role of the new character I created of Dr. Cameron Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie in Angus, Scotland, and physician to the Thornton’s in my fan fic, “N&S: John Thornton, Love Lessons”, I had no idea that I would become so entranced with him. And I love writing for he and his character in my story–as I trrrrill his Rrrrrrr’s in every worrrrrrd that he utterrrrrrrs.
And then there is GMT’s Outlander television role (on Starz, Summer 2014) as Dougal MacKenzie yet to be broadcast, and I am very much looking forward to it–with the stunning Dougal MacKenzie signature in sepia tone [(4) below top] made by Outlander fan Betsy A. Pudliner, and my simple collage homage [(5) below bottom] below that:
So! Have I convinced you that I transferred my affections from the exquisitely talented and devastatingly handsome Richard Armitage to the equally engaging Graham McTavish?
April Fools! I could never give up admiring British actor Richard Armitage and his moving character portrayals and riveting storytelling!
P.S. However, I sincerely do also admire Graham McTavish. Sighhhh! In my way of thinking, I can have two crushes existing simultaneously. At least, that is the rationalization I am using at the moment. Ha! And if Richard Armitage were to stop waxing his chest–if he already hasn’t–then that would firmly cement him as my top choice forever. *THUD*
There is something about mature men, such as the ever youthful Richard Armitage (42.75 going on 36) and the seasoned Graham McTavish that makes my heart go pitty pat. The teeny boppers can swoon over Hobbit heartthrobs Dean O’Gorman (who portrays Fili) and Aidan Turner (who portrays Kili and who just won an Empire 2014 Best Male Newcomer Award last Sunday; Congrats!). I call Fili and Kili the “mirth & mayhem twins” for their usual The Hobbit films character portrait [(6) right] facial expressions. Fili and Kili are nice lads, but too young for me–their human incarnations anyway–because anyone who is young enough to possibly have been gestated by me (Aidan only) just isn’t on my radar. Ha!
So, Richard Armitage [(7) right, in his smouldering incarnation as Thorin Oakenshield] remains my top fan admiration–watch him graciously accept The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’s Empire 2014 Award for Best SciFi/Fantasy film of 2013 here–with Graham McTavish rising in my esteem.
Oh dear! Sorry Graham, but I just thought of Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler, too! *Grati bites her lower lip* Well, I guess that the secondary and tertiary tiers of my fan admirations will just have to have multiple residents. *wink* I’m an all inclusive kind of girl. The more the merrier. Ha!
Cheers! Grati ;->
Disclaimer, etc.: Just in case an odd reader or two out there is a joyless soul who can’t recognize humor when they read it, the above humorous essay has healthy doses of facetious musings and self deprecating humor–that means that I am making fun of “me”, not anyone else. I sincerely admire both actors–Richard Armitage and Graham McTavish–artistically and aesthetically. No actors’ egos, careers, or spot in line for their favorite latte or more spirited beverage were harmed or diminished in the commission of this humorous essay–dogs, horses, and other animals are okay as well. All mentions of persons living, dead, or undead–although, my blog is already a zombie free zone–are the sole expressed whimsical thoughts of the author, moi, and should not be taken as fact. Come on people, just because you read something online, does not make it true. Ha! No copyright infringement is intended–I’m just trying to enjoy and to promote your artistic projects. Sheesh! I have provided extensive image credits below, so please avail yourselves of them. And please feel free to reblog this essay, if you so desire–just please be sure to credit me for my ramblings and such and please also link back to this post. Thank you!
Image References, 4/01/14 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #540)
1) Richard Armitage at the 2014 Empire Awards in London was photographed by Tim P. Whitby and shared by Getty images. Look for the “</>” symbol at lower right of the image to reembed this image into your document.
2) Graham McTavish side by side image comparison of him as Dwalin and as himself was found at http://s161.photobucket.com/user/cryhav0k/media/66792_zps7c333e45.jpg.html
3) First collages is comprised of 9 images:
a) Far left image of Graham McTavish in kilt was found at the Graham McTavish Army Tumblr at http://25.media.tumblr.com/fa9b997e08f64e7037456f5d94c13065/tumblr_muoepgvo2x1s5t5rro1_400.jpg at http://grahammctavisharmy.tumblr.com/post/64048841388/graham-mctavish-with-kilt-source
b) top row far left left, of GMT in a white shirt at the February 2011 Hobbit Press Conference was found at http://heirsofdurin.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/grahammctavishhobbitpart1pressconferencexjg2ehheughl.jpg
c) Top row, second image of GMT at HobbitCon 2013 was found at http://twitter.com/starcontinuum/status/434798311518650368/photo/1 ; link shared by the Graham McTavish Army on FB.
d) Top row, third image, Graham McTavish in a sweater is fromm an interview with TORN’s Greendragon found at http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2014/01/04/86069-graham-mctavish-talks-exclusively-to-theonering-net
e) Bottom row farleft, Graham McTavish showing off his muscular physique was found at http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/bd/57/3b/bd573be74c6fcdcb32b6710b95b0ca92.jpg
f) Bottom row, second image, Graham McTavish bare chested looking down, was found at http://www.poptower.com/graham-mctavish-picture-61094.htm
g) Bottom row, third image, Graham McTavish (from the press tour for “Rambo”) found Dec1913 at Graham McTavish Army Tumblr at http://24.media.tumblr.com/4950e9acbac338ad91b26093ad5701e9/tumblr_momohrAZmE1s5t5rro2_500.jpg
h) Graham McTavish tackling Richard armiage at Dwarf Boot Camp in January-February 2011 is from the Best Buy Stills found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/BestBuy/album/BestBuy-49.jpg
4) Stunning FB Cover Signature of Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie in Outlander on Starz 2014 was created by Betsy A. Pudliner and was found at https://www.facebook.com/OutlanderFans ; as shared on the Outlander Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152317575450774&set=o.1374679466078380&type=3&theater
5) Grati’s Outlander collage is a composite of four images:
a) Grati capped the series name logo from a video by MsDarcyFan at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvv3N1hJilA ;
b) GMT as Dougal MacKenzie inOutlander 2014, banquet scene found at http://scifimafia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Outlander-banquet-2.jpg;
c) Graham McTavish in the role of Dougal MacKenzie in the Starz tv series “Outlander “ found at http://outlander.wikia.com/wiki/Dougal_MacKenzie ;
d) Graham McTavish in traditional clan tartan attire was courtesy of Starz
6) Dean O’Gorman as Fili and Aidan Turner as Kili in The Hobbit films; portrait by James Fisher, 2011, New Line Productions; shared via IMDB at http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjIzNzczODk4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTU1NDMwNg@@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg
7) Richard Armitage portrays Thorin Oakenshield in the trilogy of The Hobbit films, image found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/HobbitStills/album/64-Thorin2-OfficialHobbitMovieGuide.jpg