Tanya Gold’s Sunday Times Interview Paints a Different Persona of British Actor Richard Armitage, July 06, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #598)

I have to admit that after reading Tanya Gold’s Richard Armitage The Crucible interview 2014SundayTimesArticleSTA06ARMITAGE_1078871k_July0514SundayTimes-sizedarticle a second time (thanks for the link and image right to Richard Armitage US on FB)–I had read Rashisama’s full text of the article yesterday (courtesy of a link from Perry’s Armitage Agonistes blog, Thanks!)–I am scratching my head a bit. And I must say, this Richard Armitage portrait composition (at right) from the Sunday Times article–with him smouldering at us in front of a mirrored halo–seems to presciently telegraph the article to come.

What puzzles me most about the printed article interview is Richard Armitage supposedly using the *F word*–that is Martin Freeman’s territory.  Though do I think that RA might say the *F word* privately–when he doesn’t expect it to be in print or on video? Possibly. Being on one’s good behavior all of the time can become tedious, I suppose. I myself always eschew using vulgar language–publicly or privately. I was brought up to be a lady and I give no apologies for that. And my Daddy always said that “use of profanity indicates a paucity of language.” Though I will sheepishly admit to saying the word *crap* under my breath yesterday when my golf ball went into the pond–I never lose my balls. Arrrgggghhh! I guess I was being human. Ha!

And then there is Ms. Gold averring  that Richard Armitage supposedly dislikes some of his past work like Vicar of Dibley and Cold Feet–based on Richard Armitage’s past interview behavior, him saying that out loud doesn’t seem like his style. Mr. Armitage is always gracious about his past work and colleagues. To a fault sometimes, like when the producers made his character the bad guy and killed his character off in Spooks. If ever there was a time to let one’s epithet’s flow, that was it!  Ha!  Mr. Armitage is always unfailingly, polite,courteous and gentlemanly to others. And his actor colleagues speak glowingly about his wonderful professionalism (ask any of his Hobbit colleagues, etc.) and graciousness and fun (Luci Griffiths and Laila Rouass, below, etc).

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Ms. Gold particularly trashed Mr. Armitage’s musical theatre (CATS) and Vicar of Dibley television experiences–though these seem more like her view than his. And of course with my being a curvy woman, I took umbrage at her remark about Mr. Armitage’s Dibley stint as Harry Kennedy as being characterized by Ms. Gold as “a vehicle for denial for women with food issues, for if the fat vicar could get an Armitage, couldn’t we all?” Was Ms. Gold’s hate speech about fat women/people–of which I amVicarofDibleyPromo07--DawnFrench-and-RichardArmitageJul0614ranet-sized one–really necessary? What agenda is she trying to promote? I myself am a happily married fat woman who will lovingly and lustfully celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary in December.  Here is to curvy woman kind!  And I love this promo pix of Dawn and Richard (right) for Dibley–a set where he said in the dvd extras that he laughed for 3weeks he was having so much fun.

Even in Richard Armitage’s 2012 George Stroumboulopoulos video interviewRAonGeorgeStromboulopoulosTonight2012-VidbyRACentral-Jul1013GratianaLovelaceCap-crop-hi-res-sized when they played the fan video (by Romana 55) of him in a Speedo, Mr. Armitage regained his composure–after mock throttling George Strombolopoulus (Ha!). After blushing amusingly, Richard Armitage sanguinely said something like: you do what you do, embrace it, and move on. And oh yeah, RA also chuckled and said something like: That is why they say film is forever. Ha! Does this sound like a man who openly dismisses his past work? I don’t think so.

But for me, the Sunday Times article is not so much about any of the individual allusions to be seeming departures from past interviews by Richard Armitage about his life and acting that appear in this article–the man can have different and evolving opinions, or a change his willingness to share his deeper thoughts. But it is that she presents these departures collected together and presents a very different persona of Richard Armitage than he, himself, has presented in the past. And no, I am not in APM–he is a grown man and he can take care of himself. My critique above points out the differences I see in how Richard Armitage has presented himself in the past, from what Ms. Gold’s article seems to portray him as now. No more, no less.

It will be interesting to see other print and live interviews that Richard Armitage gives to see if he emerges in Ms. Gold’s new incarnation of a rough and tumble gruff and edgy Armitage personality again. Or, was Ms. Gold’s interpretation  an exaggerated extreme.  However, we must keep in mind that actors are giving a performance when they are being interviewed, on the red carpet, at the stage door, etc.–and they know that everything they say is fair game to be printed and interpreted. So will Richard Armitage like the Sunday Times print interview by Tonya Gold and how it presents him to the public and to his fans? I doubt we will hear a peep out of him about it. Because if he were to dislike it, I’m guessing that he would be feign to discourteously say so. He will just go on to the next set of interviews. And if asked about the interview, he might say something like:   That is why print is forever.   You do what you do, embrace it, and move on. Ha!

And below is RANet’s direct article scan link for the Sunday Times Interview of Richard Armitage for his role as John Proctor in The Crucible at The Old Vic Theatre that appeared July 06, 2014. Thanks to Fernanda Matais of the Richard Armitage in THE CRUCIBLE Appreciation Page for pointing me to this link–I hadn’t done my daily visit of RANet yet.


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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31 Responses to Tanya Gold’s Sunday Times Interview Paints a Different Persona of British Actor Richard Armitage, July 06, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #598)

  1. July 6, 2014–Maria Grazia of the Fly High (Thanks!) blogspot shares her wonderful experiences attending The Crucible (twice!) and meeting Richard Armitage, Samantha Colley, and others!



  2. July 6, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    saraobsessed, Perry (Armitage Agonistes blog), Traxy, and Carolyn


  3. Kitty says:

    (‘.’)/ – High fives ya, G, on the happily married fat woman! I’m embracing my-good-golly-what-a-woman-self (not quite so satisfactorily as my happy *wink wink* hubby does) and moving on!


    • Giggles Kitty! We curvy women have to stick together! Perhaps we should start a companion organization for our fellas–and Harry Kennedy wannabees? We could call it LOVER Men (Loving our Very Exceptional Rubenesque-Women). Cheers! Grati ;->

      And here is a link to Ruben’s painting of The Three Graces:


  4. Traxy says:

    I think it’s all down to the way the writer has chosen to write the article rather than anything actually said by RA. It sounds as if she went in with one kind of idea in her head and wrote the article to reflect the idea. Not unlike some people: they decide what you’re trying to say before you’re finished saying it so they stop listening and then you can’t change their minds because they already decided what you were saying … even though you were saying something completely different.

    There might also be a confirmation bias at play, which is an extension of the above. She decides all actors are airheads, and anything he says will work to confirm that idea for her to the detriment of anything that blatantly goes against it.

    The direct quotes sound like the RA we know and love. The bits in between are clearly just the writer airing her own derogatory views (“actors are stupid and should get a proper job”, “fat people are disgusting” and “fans are either hyped up teenagers or lonely old biddies”) which doesn’t gel with what RA says himself, because based on his previous interview and behaviour, we know he loved working on VoD.


  5. July 6, 2014–Oh and just for comparison’s sake, below is the link for Tim Master’s lovely BBC interview of Richard Armitage from July 3rd

    “Richard Armitage: Crucible is ‘a full-body experience'”


  6. July 6, 2014–Perry (Armitage Agonistes blogger) found another great review of Richard Armitage portraying John Proctor in The Crucible, calling Mr. Armitage and the play “a triumph”:

    And here is Perry’s post with the link to it:


  7. Faboamanto says:

    I didn’t see anything that different in his answers, other than the use of the “F” word, than the RA that we’ve read about for years. Maybe we are overreacting to her inclusion of that word in what she decided to print. We also have to think that the interview might have been an hour long, and she picked out what fit her agenda. To me, once we delete her editorial comments, it’s the same man we’ve always known. He’s talked before about his feelings for the Red Carpet (think that is different than meeting fans one-on-one or even at the stage door now), and I think he has a point. He’s talked before about not wanting to be a sex symbol, and he’s always seemed uncomfortable with the image in those speedos, but as he says, film is eternal. He’s talked about the oddness of his face many times, about being shy, etc. He’s talked for a long time about wanting to be taken seriously as an actor, and he accepted he had to pay his dues. Has he had to become more assertive to capitalize on his current success? Probably yes. Nothing earth shattering in that in my opinion. He never criticized his previous work as far as I can tell, except Cold Feet. All the criticism of his previous work and us his fans come from her and her alone. Nothing in what RA said really surprised me.

    He’s answered the marriage question before, and nothing new from his answer there – despite her best KGB interrogation tactics, or what she may believe them to be, to get what she must have thought was a scoop. Since she didn’t get what she wanted from him, she made up her own scoop. He’s a human being and was probably annoyed at her line of questioning, I would be too. Believe me, my latin temper is worse than the RA we saw in print there!

    As a very Rubenesque woman myself, it’s better that I don’t say what I feel about that part of her article. She does owe Dawn French an apology though.


    • Here here, and well said! The “spin” that the interviewer put on Richard Armitage’s responses–especially when he had none as you point out–is worthy of what are called “gust-nadoes” (puny wind swirls that don’t really become full fledged tornadoes). Ha!

      And thank you for pointing out that Ms. French deserves and apology from the Sunday Times interviewer.


  8. July 6, 2014–Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog weighed in on the Sunday Times interview of Richard Armitage, but I only saw this now and share it with my readers here. Perry makes some great points!



  9. July 6, 2014–and Servetus of the MeandRichardArmitage blog tells us how she really feels about Ms. Gold’s “interview” with Richard Armitage for his role in The Crucible. And as usual, Servetus is the “Gold Standard” in incisive analysis in her response–you go girl!



  10. Marie Astra says:

    This chick has real issues. Just look at her past work. She’s a hater.


  11. July 6, 2014–A beautiful Richard Armitage as John Proctor wallpaper by @valerialucifora


  12. July 6, 2014–Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel–who had a lovely 45 minute interview with Richard Armitage earlier this year–also takes issue with Ms. Gold’s article:


  13. July 6, 2014–Ah! An antidote to warm the cockles of your heart, a graphic from Rebecca Clark and shared with Richard Armitage US on FB:


  14. July 07, 2014–Harry/Richard, We can love you better! Just for fun, here is the link for little Dibley vid I made a while back:


  15. harrapsue says:

    ” Was Ms. Gold’s hate speech about fat women/people–of which I am one–really necessary? What agenda is she trying to promote? I myself am a happily married fat woman who will lovingly and lustfully celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary in December. ”
    she is also a fat woman , and visibly she can’t deal with that.


    • Hi harrapsue,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. I really can’t speak to Ms. Gold’s personal attributes–nor would I wish to. However, you bring up an important issue–self worth.

      As people, and especially as women, we need start valuing ourselves more and embrace who we are–tall or short, fat or skinny, young or old, education levels, income levels, our heritages, our ethnicities, our cultures, our health status, etc., and everything in between.

      And we particularly need to take a person’s “size” out of the equation of how we value them and how we value our selves. People can be healthy and be fat, have careers and be fat, and have love lives and be fat, etc. Conversely, people can be ill and be skinny, can’t hold a job but they’re skinny, and miss out on love and be skinny.

      It isn’t their fatness or their skinniness that determines a person’s worth and their deserving to be valued, to be successful, or to be happy. Because we are each deserving of being valued, we each have the capacity to strive and achieve, and we each have the right to seek and enjoy our own happiness as “we” define them to be.

      If charity begins at home, then so does self-respect. Sometimes a person has to be their own best advocate and personal cheerleader–until society as a whole grows up and does not discriminate against anyone for any reason.

      And ultimately, we can band together to help and to support each other through our shared community–as we do in blogs and forums, over coffee, and breaking bread together. There is so much more that draws us together than pulls us apart. And our wonderful diversity as individuals strengthens our humanity.

      Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


  16. July 07, 2014–The Share the Crucible Experience page has a lovely essay from two people who saw the play last Saturday night and met Richard Armitage. It’s a great read! Thanks to Perry (Armitage Agonisties) for the link!



  17. July 7, 2014–A kindly soul shared this Richard Armitage in The Crucible image. *THUD*


  18. July 7, 2014–Wonderful list of Tweets raving about The Crucible experience today and their picture links over on Servetus’ (Thanks!) blog:



  19. July 08, 2014–Amyloula has a great review of her The Crucible experience!:


    Thanks to Armitage Agonistes for the link:


  20. July 08, 2014–On Herba’s blog, Simone tells of her experience attending The Crucible:


    It’s in German, so be sure to go to Google Translate to read what she says if, like me, you don’t speak or read German:


  21. July 08, 2014–Faboamanto (Thansk!) hosts Armitagina’s lovely third and final The Crucible experiences post (she saw it 3 times!!!):



  22. July 09, 2014–Fedoralady at her The Armitage Effect blog shares an insightful essay about the Gold article:



  23. July 10, 2014–KatharineD shares her research about The Crucible and its place in London theatre all time hits of the last several years! Thanks to Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog for hosting her!



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