The Adventure Begins

Once I had made the decision to find out more about this Richard Armitage fellow and looked up his mini-bio and list of film works on IMDb, I turned to Google. First, to figure out how the heck to pronounce Leicester, then to find a decent fan-site that would hopefully tell me the kinds of things I wanted to know.

                     is he a kid at heart?

 

                     does he play well with others?

 

I clicked on RichardArmitageNet and was hit full force with loads of helpful information!

           ‘are you paying attention?’

 

Photo galleries, Print and Video archives, Audio extracts and downloads, Previews of his film work; OH MY! I’m a visual person (shocking, I know! ) so my first stop was the Photo Gallery. I skipped over the individual film projects, since I had no idea what any of them were yet, and focused on the Photoshoots.

‘do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?’

 

As I browsed, I found some that have become lasting favorites

 

While others, I would just have to come around to.

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood…

 

     ‘Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful’

(Edit: RAnet no longer has the extensive PhotoShoot Gallery it once did)

Next I moved on to the Print archives. This is my favorite way to become familiar with an actor. You can watch them grow and progress as a person, and track their career as it unfolds before them. I found an interview from the North & South era, that fit what I was looking for. It told me he was Modest. It told me he was Polite.

                and Bashful

It told me he was Self-Depreciating, Considerate, Solitary, Introspective, Valued his Roots, and Always wanted to Put his Best Foot Forward.

                                   ‘it’s true!’

 

To say I was intrigued by this point was an understatement. I then hunted down a few Video interviews. Instantly I latched on to this one:

I admired his poise and focus, and the way he seemed to sift through his mind to find the answer he was searching for and showing us clearly the moment he had found it. When he gave the little quip about practicing his horse riding skills with the action figure, I knew I was hooked! An unassuming dry sense of humor will win a place in my heart every time.

 

This North & South video interview was next:

When Richard talked about his research, and the importance of costumes and their biographies, it became clear to me that he shared my passion for giving good stories the respect they deserve.

    Every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

 

Then came CBeebies. He reads bedtime stories to kids?!

This endeared him to me straight away. I then moved on to the Audio section.

                          ‘brace yourself’…

I picked A War Less Ordinary. When I heard Code Poem for the French Resistance, I wept real tears. So Beautiful. The poem, his enunciation, the VOICE! It wasn’t a superficial physical reaction I was having towards Richard Armitage; I was learning him from the inside out.

 

The chase had officially begun.

                            I have long legs too Richard, you better run faster!

 

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20 thoughts on “The Adventure Begins

  1. Nice journey! Thanks for sharing!
    Of course, with such good inspiration everything is easier… well, not all: I was remembering my struggle to learn how to pronounce “Armitage”, almost two years later and I still can’t do properly… 😛

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    1. I am so pleased to read this post which I have only just stumbled upon. This is exactly why I love running RAnet because it’s my intention that the site should have all the info you need and, even more importantly, that any information about Richard’s career will be easy to find when navigating within the pages of the site. Chuck in a few/several photos thrown in for good measure and I hope the experience is as good for my visitors as it is for me to run it.
      Thank you for visiting and THANK YOU for blogging about your experience. You’ve put a huge smile on my face 😀
      Ali

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  2. Oh yes, I remember it well, the journy to destruction. Thousands of ovaries littered the path. 😀 Unfortunately my other half is sitting opposite me right now, otherwise I would delve into the lovely remnants from the past that you are quoting. Thanks for the retrospective!

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  3. “It wasn’t a superficial physical reaction I was having towards Richard Armitage” Looking at your post I am having one of those right now 😉

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  4. Glad you can retrace your steps on how you learned more about Richard. As for me, it was just jumping headlong into the rabbit hole and discovering random things in no particular order as I went – which worked out alright – because everything I discovered was good 🙂

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    1. the order of my discovery has been scattered too, which is why I thought it might be fun to take a look back at it. I “remember” it all because I talked about it with others, & thus it’s written down

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  5. Loved the story of your journey. We all take so many paths to reach the same place; Fascinated by blue eyes sonorous voice, and so much more.. I think the best part is, in this case, the journey is as wonderful as the destination.

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