I said that the first film I saw Richard Armitage in was The Hobbit but technically I saw him in Captain America first, I just didn’t realize it until later.
Initially I didn’t like Heinz Kruger. he was the villain, after all.
His suit was ill-fitting, his glasses too large, his hair too pristine.
As I watched the Nazi scientist observe an experiment that would turn a slight unimpressive boy into a superhuman hero, the emotions I saw cross his face hinted at more than the stiff drab man I was being presented with.
Anticipation, Awe, Determination; Heinz was going to attempt to steal the secret of that ground breaking technology for his country.
The experiment proceeds, lights explode, chaos ensues and Heinz seizes his chance; now he’s off and running!
As he ran through the streets on those long legs, hair disheveled and glasses missing, I found myself suddenly liking him.
Captain America was pursuing Heinz through the busy city streets with his superhuman stealth *bites nails in suspense* When Heinz made his escape in the get-away submarine, I finally relaxed back into my seat. But then he gets plucked out of the water and thrown onto the bank like a gaping fish!
Captain America grabs Heinz by the collar to rough him up and *gasp*
THAT was hiding under those glasses?!
Before I could truly get my swoon on though, that devious Heinz Kruger poisoned himself and died!
Now I’ll never know if Heinz was an evil Nazi or just chasing his scientific dream. Was he a love ’em and leave ’em ladies man? A misguided hot mess?
I…just… it’s so unfair!
The movie continued, the good guy won (sort of) and although I did think of that attractive villain with the pale blue eyes and wet hair after I left the theatre, I eventually forgot all about him.
Why didn’t I look him up, like I often do with unknown actors who catch my eye? Would I have been open to Armitage Admiration sooner if I had?
I’m here now though, that’s what matters.