Creating A Legend

When I was just beginning my Richard Armitage journey,

the first interview I saw of him was a previous one from the 2012 Comic-Con event.

This short interview really impressed me

and fully opened me up to the notion that this was a man who deserved my attention.

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The interview opens with acknowledging how Richard’s views of the Hobbit book differed from when he was a child compared to now.

This said to me that Richard Armitage was someone who was open to viewing things in new ways. That he understood that we, as emotional beings, evolve. When he said that the book was read to him when he was seven years old, also let me know that he was probably a book lover himself. And although what was being discussed has been classified by many as a children’s book, Richard recognized the deeper lessons within the story and respected it for that.

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Next, Richard talked about putting Thorin’s costume on, talking and walking a certain way, in order to make the character come alive.

Fictional characters often become very real to me, so these words brought forth an image of the mighty warrior jumping off the page to physically stand in front of me, for me to see and smell and touch.

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Richard then emphasized the responsibility he felt in trying to do the character justice. To satisfy those who had already read the book and so had a special relationship with the characters and story already, to those who were just being exposed to it for the first time.

That said to me that Richard Armitage had a passion for his work. He not only researched extensively, but believed what he was saying.

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This became more apparent to me when he went on to answer the “staying power of myth” question. This man knew his Tolkien! Not just who Tolkien was, but what he was; creator of legend, religion, language. Richard believed in the world that Tolkien had created, and thought it would be a great “tragedy” if something like the Silmarillion was not brought to life on film.

At that time I knew nothing of Richard himself, that he had studied in literature or that he had been professionally trained. From this interview I could start to make a few guesses pointed in that direction though.

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Something else that this interview told me, was that Richard Armitage was a modest man; he wasn’t doing this for fame.

The way he bashfully, yet sincerely, accepted the interviewer’s compliment gave me a peek into another layer. It was just a glimpse, but you could see it in his eyes and the tilt of his head.

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This proved too interesting not to investigate further…

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22 thoughts on “Creating A Legend

  1. This post has really moved me kelbel. It is beautifully written and captured the essence of what Richard was saying in the video. Once again his intelligence shines through as you listen to the answers he gives. To me it reveals his knowledge of the subject as well as his obvious love for Tolkien’s works. I could listen to him speak on such things for hours. Thank you!

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  2. I haven’t seen that clip in a long long long time and thank you for putting it up. I think my heart just skipped a beat. Or two.

    And I think I’ve changed my mind about who I’d pick to live behind that glass wall now, too 🙂

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        1. my little “wink” smiley made it seem like my comment was something it was not intended to be! *blushes* I meant that one has emotional and intellectual needs that need looking after too. but..yeah, now my mind is in the gutter concerning “other” needs as well *laughs*

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  3. Thanks for reminding me of this- it’s a very ‘unactorly’ interview, isn’t it. It’s really just two people talking about a subject that enthuses and engrosses them.

    I went over to YouTube and read the comments- in amongst a lot of very nerdy chat about The Silmarillion, there was a great deal of respect for RA’s intelligent, knowledgeable answers- you can’t fake that sincerity.

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    1. yes, that’s what I really liked about it. not only were both Richard & the interviewer knowledgeable about the subject they were discussing, but they were truly interested in it themselves 🙂

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  4. It’s wonderful you brought this interview back to our attention. There were so many at the time and it somehow got lost in the shuffle.
    That man is so articulate and passionate about what he does. You just know he’s not one of those actors who bangs on about his “method”. He really thinks things through and does research regarding the character he plays. That’s why his acting rings true.

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    1. I’m going to be highlighting video/print interviews like this from time to time because it’s true what you said, so many get lost in the shuffle. we see them, but we don’t really pay attention to what was said because there’s another one waiting in the queue.

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      1. That’s a great idea Kelbel! I remember doing a post last year on fanvids people recommended. They’d post links in comments and I’d insert them into the post (this was before you could actually post a vid straight in comments at WP). Some were wonderful and I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise.
        I love a good rec 🙂

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        1. Marie often does posts about fanvids on “Obsessive Behavior”, and I really appreciate them 🙂 I go in spurts with my fangirling, chasing fanvids for a few days straight, and then not doing it again for two months! the same with interviews,etc. so I’m not always aware of what is going on 😉

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      2. I love this idea and look forward to seeing which ones you will choose. I have many personal favourites but I’m sure there are some that may have slipped my memory or as you say, got “lost in the shuffle”. 🙂

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