The first radio interview with Richard Armitage that I ever heard was Radio1 with Scott Mills, 2010, and it’s still one of my favorites. Richard seems so relaxed in this one, playful and funny, and speaking in an unhindered accent that I find particularly enjoyable.
(source: Richard Armitage Central )
It starts out with the hosts offering Richard some Fanta bread. I’m not sure if this was bread made with Fanta orange soda or just dipped in it, but Richard was a good sport and tried it…then he spat it out. It was “rank” and he just couldn’t bear it.
Then Richard lowers his voice, in a way that should come with a warning label, and utters the word “DIRTY“ *gulp* This segues into asking about Richard’s lady fans (of course). He takes the lighthearted, humble approach and claims he only has two. When asked what the age range of his fans are, he jokes that one is 25 and the other is 35…which is met with silence. His dry delivery was perfect.
When recalling a job as a dancing banana, we hear some of that accent that I love so much. Especially when he says “That’s not on your sheet” and “Find the pictures for that one!“
The conversation switches to Guy of Gisborne and how girls always seem to like the bad boy. The female co-host enlightens the men on why that is: “they think they’ll be nasty to everyone apart from them, and just them they’ll protect.” Smart woman.
Richard then says that Guy does have a “redeeming quality” under all of that leather. Listen, then tell me your mind didn’t go straight to where mine did…
The talk turns to Strike Back next, which is what Richard is mainly promoting in this interview. They talk of the training regimen and how Richard needs to watch his diet, etc. For those stalkers out there, he apparently drinks Soy Lattes.
When they’re talking about the risk the production company took with centering a big budget show around one character, the way Richard says “just me” is adorable.
As they move on into discussing the ad campaign and how the billboards are so massive, one fan says she sees Richard’s face every morning when she opens her bedroom window. Richard responds with, “gettin’ into her bedroom window, NICE!“
As talk turns to Lucas, an interesting point is brought up: what does Lucas do in his down time, what are his hobbies? The hosts suggest stamp collecting or a love of model railways.
The interview wraps up with Richard lamenting that Robin Hood could have gone on for five series, instead of just three, and then he says “wicked” a few times. This interview just makes me smile every time I hear it!
I love the audio interviews, I even have a few different ones downloaded to my mp3 player. When I hit “random” to listen to music, sometimes they’ll pop up unexpectedly; those are the best surprises.