With talk this past week of introverts and the act of “being on” when in front of an audience, it got me to thinking of Interview Richard and who he is to me.
Interview Richard is able to maintain a good balance of affable charm, is informative, with a few slightly rehearsed quips thrown in to lighten up the atmosphere.
An example of this balance can be seen in the Marilyn Denis interview
that Richard Armitage did in Canada last year.
These are certain traits that I’ve come to attribute to Interview Richard:
the way that Richard came striding out, intent on dipping the host, but not able to keep from mentioning that it wasn’t really his idea. He also does this when trying to deliver a witty comment but not being able to stick with the straight-face long enough; he gets embarrassed and stops short before the finish!
Deflection of Praise
when the host shares Peter Jackson’s positive feelings towards Richard, he gracefully accepts but then quickly jokes about not realizing it was Christmas time until he saw the decorations.
the way Richard weaved together his praise for Peter Jackson
with his explanation of how he chose to portray Thorin.
“In terms of his leadership I actually became inspired by Peter Jackson himself because he leads his team with such dignity and a kind of quiet authority… I didn’t want to command respect, I wanted to earn loyalty.”
big boots, quite camp? c’mon people, that was funny!
unfortunately, sometimes these attempts fall flat.
this time the thankfulness was directed at the Armitage Army,
his fanbase, for the way we have supported Richard through the years.
Interview Richard doesn’t forget that he’s in front of an audience and he tries to play that up when he can, but the slight nervousness is still there as is the desire to convey the passion he has for every character and project without coming across as too intense.
An introvert who knows how to work a crowd;
it’s not as rare as it seems.