I have to admit that after reading Tanya Gold’s Richard Armitage The Crucible interview article 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).
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 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. 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 interview 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.