To think that for four long years–starting when Richard Armitage was announced to portray Thorin in The Hobbit films on Oct. 22, 2010–we had waited and waited and waited for the first, then the second, and finally the third of The Hobbit films in 2014. And they were and are amazing storytelling! Kudos to all!
And now The Hobbit films are done and Richard Armitage has moved on to tornadoes, a Proustian Pinter-est play, a marathon Hamlet audiobook, a cameo in Wonderland, really bad hair as Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew (in post production; though RA looked great in his neat ponytail circa 2014, at right courtesy of AA Brazil), a really good flawed man John Proctor in The Old Vic’s The Crucible for which RA won accolades and an Olivier Best Actor nomination, a Sleepwalker doctor (in post production), read love poems to us, and took on a scary role on tv.
Up next is Richard Armitage playing a hunky monk on a quest of sorts (sound familiar?) in Pilgrimage (RA’s latest selfie while currently on location in Ireland filming Pilgrimage left). Doesn’t RA have a Gaelic Glow about him in his selfie? I swear that he has no crinkles and he doesn’t look a day over 38–not a man who will be 44 years old in August. If Irish sunlight is that favorable, maybe we should all have our portraits taken there. Ha! Ha! But I do like the ethereally pulsating first song track (Dionysus) (below) on the Jocelyn Pook CD Untold Things that Richard Armitage shared that he was listening to:
Richard Armitage is so busy professionally right now. Does the poor man ever sleep or rest? I know, I know, we all have a couch that he could flop on and catch some zzzzz’s–who cares if he snores! RA snoozing while on The Battle of the Five Armies press tour, in Paris right, courtesy of AA Brazil. Ha!
Future character roles for Richard Armitage are anyone’s guess. But we will be eager for them–especially, his yet to be released films currently in post production! And we can always hope for a rom com in RA’s future, pretty please. Richard Armitage is in his professional and personal prime–and he is just getting started!
But we remember the juggernaut Hobbit films Tolkien hero that catapulted him onto the world’s international stage–Thorin Oakenshield. So here is also a link to my 2012 blog post (#294, Oct. 22, 2012) about the 2nd anniversary of Richard being picked for Thorin, with links to the various early articles about that pivotal moment (that I had giddily put together in a collage for that post, also shared here with you again below):
I hope we all–and Mr. Armitage–have a relaxing Sunday. Cheers! Grati ;->