While watching the George Stroumboulopoulos interview and preparing to wax lyrical about Richard Armitage’s insightful Tolkien knowledge,
two different quotes stood out to me. First, from the opening monologue by George in relation to Richard:
When Peter Jackson came calling, the actor known for playing heavies picked himself off the floor and steadied himself to play a hero.
And then, from Richard in relation to Peter Jackson’s leadership style:
I wanted Thorin to lead with that quiet authority. I wanted him to inspire loyalty instead of command it, and that’s exactly how Peter Jackson works.
So I decided to dig through my notes and find some things that I’ve said about Richard, amidst my fangirling.
He has a quiet confidence about him, that I find soothing.
Richard Armitage captivates me on so many levels.
Richard nurtures my inherent serious nature. He’s polite, a bit reserved and bashful, but has a sense of dorky humor underneath. I find his approach to acting quite admirable, and he’s a late bloomer (like me) he just makes me want to be a better person.
He has a subtle everyday charisma that sneaks up on you. He’s not an over-the-top, in-your-face kind of guy.
In a recent interview from Sydney, Richard described his method of acting as marinating.
it’s like marinating in a character, you’re not being him but he’s never very far from your thoughts… you just keep him in mind all the time.
I think that sums up Richard’s daily presence in my life perfectly. I routinely find myself surrounded by
Reliable Thorin Oakenshield
Devoted John Thornton
Tactile Lucas North
Focused Guy of Gisborne
Tenacious John Porter
Serene John Standring
and Harry Kennedy.
How to describe my fondness for Harry?
If the Matrix were real, I’d happily live in Dibley with Harry while machines sucked out my insides.