Music & More Challenge
19.) favorite Richard Armitage message to the fans
Instead of choosing just one message (it’s so hard to pick just one!), my favorite is a series of messages. They start in the summer of 2008 when Richard was filming Robin Hood in Budapest, Hungary. He seemed to be feeling guilty for not staying in contact with the fans like he had previously. So he switched his style and started coming up with silly instances of being arrested for “fan abandonment” and having a spokesperson speak for him in his absence.The first message of this type was very short, a teaser, setting up those that would follow:
31st July 2008
Apparently, Richard Armitage was arrested on the streets of Budapest last night and is being held on charges of ‘fan abandonment’. He is facing a litigation and libel charges in which he used the term “Spokesperson for Mr Armitage”. The Spokesperson for Mr Armitage said “As spokeperson for Mr Armitage, I have to deny all charges. Mr Armitage refused to comment saying: “ask the Spokesperson I don’t have a brain”
The next message, just a month later, gave more detail about the “arrest” and added some cute self-depreciating words from Mr. Armitage about his grammar:
5th August 2008
Apparently, in a bizarre turn of events, RA has been rearrested by the Kolbasz counter in a well know Hungarian Supermarket. He is being held on litigation and libel charges for attempting to defraud the public.
A Hungarian bystander who witnessed the arrest said, in Hungarian, “it was terrible , the poor man had armfuls of Kolbasz in various shapes and sizes and the Police just tackled him to the ground.”
RA is being held under the controversial ‘365 day Showbiz detainment bill’. He is charged with never actually writing any of the messages posted on any web site, ever.
Gagged from speaking publicly about anything, ever, and voluntarily refusing to comment, RA said:
“Its not true, I always wrote everything myself. I even put in bad grammar, spelling and inappropriate humour to appear more down to earth.” RA was dragged from his interrogation screaming that he had an English degree.
Professors of English from Oxford, have been brought in to examine the archives of said messages, in a bid to get to the bottom of RA’s claims.
“If he really is as clever as he says we’ll find out” but an preliminary examination of the material suggests that the poor content, style and mundane subject matter, along with the grammatical errors would be impossible to fake.
Another message followed two months later, reverting back to the thank you/this is what I’ve been doing lately style, but this time from the Spokesperson, who seemed obsessed with the word “said”…
1st October 2008
The Spokesperson for RA would like to issue a brief message of thanks on behalf of said bloke.
A large number of gifts have been received for said blokes birthday. Said bloke would like to thank everyone who sent said gifts and is currently in the process, with the help of said blokes Mum writing thank you letters for said gifts. Unfortunately, some gifts were sent without return addresses hence this posting.
Unable to comment and refusing to speak publicly about said gifts, said bloke, said: “wow a pair of pants with a cartoon caricature of me on the rear…just what I have always wanted”
Said bloke was said to have been last seen wearing, eating, riding, and climbing all said gifts at the same time in an effort to make a public display of affection for his fans who sent them. Unfortunately two of the gifts, a donkey and a horse called Will Scarlett, who were know to be rivals, kicked off during the stunt, literally, and ran riot
through the tree sanctuary where the stunt rehearsal was taking place. Apparently Will Scarlett was last seen scoffing all the chocolate gifts, slugging a bottle of German wine and trying on aftershave whilst the Donkey, who had managed to get tangled in the caricature underpants was having a crack at a Guy of Gisborne knitting pattern whilst listening to some quite funky tunes, and studying various novels, some of them not even in English. Said bloke who was attempting to ride both animals at the time they kicked off, sustained a rather difficult injury.
The animals have since been separated and returned to their respective homes, unharmed, somewhat inebriated but fairly well read…and well fed. Said bloke was last seen hobbling back to work.
The next message switches into story mode, with a whole lot of spy references. Richard was giving a nod to his Spooks/MI-5 character:
16th December 2008
Following the repatriation of the Robin Hood company to blighty, the spokesperson for RA has mysteriously disappeared. However, Hungarian ‘Rendorseg’ managed to locate a hotel room which was noted as his last abode. After searching the room and forensic dusting for fingerprints an ‘ubersuperduper unbelievably teeny tiny mini me micro film’ was located, secreted in a particle of dust which was lodged in a greasy finger print left on the rim of a pot noodle, evidence of Spokes persons seriously compromised existence. The ubersuperduper unbelievably teeny tiny mini me micro film then had to be dipped in Russian Standard Vodka for processing. Viewing the film proved to be nearly impossible but for a lucky purchase from Wollies at 50% discount of the very last “Ubersuperduper unbelievable teeny tiny mini me micro film player/clock radio with microwave and bagless vacuum attachment….it contained the following message:
“Agent A would like to wish all his contacts/agents a wonderfully joyous, peaceful and fun filled Christmas. He wanted to thank them all for their continued support this year and hopes to deliver ‘in spades’ for 2009. He is once again overwhelmed by all the generous gifts and messages and is attempting to respond a soon as is possible. He would like also to offer a toast to 2009 wishing all ‘agents’, success and happiness. In the spirit of peace and good will this message will self destruct in 3 seconds or if option B is exercised recipients will be termin…………… “
The messages then went back to normal, after the one from August 3rd which was randomly signed by a “Spooksperson”.
Richard Armitage may think he appears the serious, brooding actor, but anyone who pays attention can see he’s actually very fun!!
music question: a song by one of your top 5 favorite bands
You Are the Everything– R.E.M.
Here’s a scene
you’re in the back seat laying down
the windows wrap around
to the sound of the travel and the engine
All you hear is time stand still in travel
and feel such peace and absolute
The stillness still that doesn’t end
but slowly drifts into sleep
The greatest thing you’ve ever seen
and they’re there for you
For you alone you are the everything
When I was young I loved to travel, whether it be by car, pick-up truck, school bus, etc. it was just very relaxing to stare out the window and let my mind off it’s leash, to think about anything and everything it wanted to. The world seemed full of possibilities when out on the road! And then after awhile, I’d lay my head against the window and fall asleep to the vibrations.