Now that I had more a sense of who Richard Armitage the man was, I needed to become more familiar with Richard Armitage the actor. My friend immediately suggested I watch North & South, but I didn’t want something so involved so soon. She then suggested Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger, assuring me that not only would I adore Harry but it was our kind of humor, so I would have a good laugh as well. She was correct on both counts.
Admittedly it may not have been love at first sight for me, in regards to Richard Armitage, but it was for Harry Jasper Kennedy.
From the moment he opened that cottage door, (Richard does know how to make an entrance, doesn’t he?) through the display and discussion of books, to the subtle yet electrifying moments of sexual tension…
“Well, there you go.”
As the story progressed I learned to love zany Alice, odd Owen, stuttering Jim and the rest of the Dibley gang; and the little picturesque village itself. The blossoming romance between Geraldine the sassy, sarcastic Vicar and Harry the sweet, charming Londoner, had me entranced.
I swooned through their date, laughed at the misunderstandings and mishaps, and even choked up a bit for Geri’s underlying loneliness. Contrary to Geraldine’s statement that she had yet to see Harry’s faults, I was tallying up a few: He was a chronic interrupter, a tad bit rude by answering his phone during their first stroll, and a little bit creepy by coming back to her door just to have one last look. Not to mention his somewhat impulsive and poorly planned proposal.
I love romance, don’t get me wrong, but I’m also a realist. I have to find some flaws before I can truly approve of you; pedestals are boring.
Harry had won me over and compared to Thorin, showed me that Richard Armitage had versatility. Broody vs. Charming, Majestic vs. Cheeky; both Thorin and Harry were interesting and enjoyable characters. What other surprises was Richard hiding under his acting belt? Acting, Ladies, I said acting! focus, will you?
Not Helping, Harry!
Damn you, Harry! *throws hands up in air* Well, now that I’ve lost you all anyway, I’ll conclude with my favorite Harry fan-vid
and this, just because