There are some new and interesting responses by Richard Armitage in this interview—about both the beautiful and pristine Irish landscapes as the backdrop for part of the film– s well as, the landscape of his character Sir Raymond de Merville (image below).
Pasted below are a few selected quotes by Richard Armitage:
““We were largely out in Connemara in western Ireland. To me it felt Nordic in a way,” says Armitage.”
““I was really interested first of all in playing a character where I would be speaking a different language. I was interested in that world. …””
“”I guess I always hunt for something new and exciting and a challenge I haven’t tried before. …””
Most good drama –and even comedy—has at its heart a conflict. And in the film “Pilgrimage”, the conflict is both a clash for power and prestige, as well as, a determination by the monks to fulfill their holy mission in taking their sacred relic to Rome at the Pope’s behest.
These are timeless–and ever repeating through history–constructs of man (in this film’s case, literally) trying to control their world. And for Richard Armitage’s character in seeking to gain mastery over and possession of the holy relic–that is said to be able to discern whether a man is a faithful and devoted servant of god—Sir Raymond, no doubt, seeks to elevate his family’s prestige and power.
The article also shares the 2017 video trailer for “Pilgrimage”.
I have not yet seen the film “Pilgrimage”—it is set to open in the U.S. on August 11, 2017. But I will be interested to see whether the film merely focuses upon male domination and the ways in which they inflict their supremacy over and upon each other—often violently, it seems from some early reviews. Or will this film’s heart about the sacred relic, reveal the unfolding layers of the human soul of these wandering monks and Sir Raymond—each of them striving to achieve a personal peace in their own way, and as it is meaningful to them?
I hope that it is more of the latter, than the former.
P.S. And I will leave you with a new and stunning image (below) of Richard Armitage portraying Sir Raymond de Merville, thanks to smolverine: