I wondered if this gif might be whimsically reimagined as a behind the scenes video for the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage’s short film “Staged” from 1999? Hmmm. Let’s try–with my scene direction and dialogue captions for the video clip.
Jennifer L. purposely advances upon her nervous costar on an empty rehearsal set. Richard A. has never played a romantic lead before. And at twenty eight years old, he hasn’t had to get his kit off for a role either—until now. Painting his face with stripes and kicking up his leotard clad leg in the musical CATS did not prepare him for this—being filmed almost naked, almost lovemaking.
Jennifer: “Richard, I can help you get ready for our love scene, you know.”
Richard: “Ha ha ha ha ha!” He laughs embarrassedly, turning around and covering his face in hands and muttering. “I can’t, I just can’t! What if my Mum sees me with my shirt off?”
Jennifer: “I’ve brought some beer. That should help loosen you up. You’ll be great as the romantic lead!”
Richard: “You think?” He gazes at her. “Alright.” Richard says shyly.
Several hours and beer cans later, a more relaxed and bare chested Richard gazes smoulderingly at his costar Jennifer as they rehearse their love scene.
And a heartthrob is born! Sighhh!
P.S. Thanks to Antonella Montanari whose tweet above was the inspiration for this reimagining!