His Voice Is Out of This World

Richard Armitage 30 day challenge

25.) Q: an audio book you would like him to record

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A: The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

This book was my first foray into fantasy, and it left a lasting impression on my imagination. To hear it told in Richard’s voice, with his knack for voice-acting , would be quite enjoyable!

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Plot Summary:

“Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, sets out from Arcadia Beach, New Hampshire in a bid to save his mother, who is dying from cancer, by finding a crystal called “the Talisman.” Jack’s journey takes him simultaneously through the American heartland and “the Territories”, a strange fantasy land which is set in a universe parallel to that of Jack’s America. Individuals in the Territories have “twinners,” or parallel individuals, in our world. Twinners’ births, deaths, and (it is intimated) other major life events are usually paralleled. Twinners can also “flip” or migrate to the other world, but only share the body of their alternate universe’s analogue.

In rare instances (such as Jack’s), a person may die in one world but not the other, making the survivor “single-natured” with the ability to switch back and forth, body and mind, between the two worlds. Jack is taught how to flip by a mysterious figure known as Speedy Parker, who is the twinner of a gunslinger named Parkus in the Territories. In Parkus’s world, the beloved Queen Laura DeLoessian, the twinner of Jack’s mother (a movie actress known as the “Queen of the B Movies”) is also dying.

Various people help or hinder Jack in his quest. Of particular importance are the werewolves, known simply as Wolfs, who inhabit the Territories. These are not the savage killers of tradition: they serve as royal herdsmen or bodyguards, and can sometimes under stress voluntarily change to wolf form. A sixteen-year-old Wolf, simply named Wolf, is accidentally pulled into America by Jack Sawyer and adopts Jack as his pack, serving as his companion. Wolf is extremely likeable, kind, loyal and friendly, much like a dog, though his wolf nature shows through on occasion. On the other hand, some Wolfs have joined the malevolent faction which is trying to stop Jack.

As the story goes back and forth between the Territories and the familiar United States, or “American Territories” as Jack comes to call them, Jack escapes from one life-threatening situation after another. Accompanied by Wolf and later by his childhood friend Richard, Jack must retrieve the Talisman before it falls into the hands of evil schemer Morgan Sloat, Richard’s father, who, we later learn, was Jack’s father’s business partner before arranging to have the latter murdered. He wants to seize their business from Jack’s mother. Morgan Sloat’s twinner, Morgan of Orris, also plans to seize the Territories in the event of Queen Laura’s death.”

Time Keeps On Slippin’ Away

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whoops! Time got away from me today and I almost forgot to post! so this one is going to be short and sweet, I’m afraid.

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Q: a cameo role you would like to see

this one was really hard for me to answer. All I could think of was Lucas in the new Spooks movie.

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but then I thought of something else…

A: a guest spot on “Big Bang Theory”

Leonard did dress up as a Hobbit for Halloween once. maybe action-figure Thorin could costar with Tiny Spock!

There’s Something About You…

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23.) Q: a confession

A: I have a Richard Armitage inspired playlist

I can’t believe I just admitted that. it’s not a lovey-dovey type of thing, certain words or lines within each song remind me of Richard or his characters in some way– not necessarily the whole song, or the focus of the song. I’m willing to share a few of them with you, because evidently I’m not opposed to embarrassing myself endlessly…

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So first on the “why am I admitting this?!” playlist is “Haunted” by Sinead O’Conner and Shane MacGowan. This was picked for the general way that Richard and his characters haunt me on a daily basis. Specifically the chorus:

“you’ve got a way of walkin’,

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you’ve got a way of talkin’. And there’s something about you, and now I know I never ever want to be without you.  I want to be haunted by the ghost…”

I like this part too:

“all the girls ask what’s he like, I say he’s kind of shy but that’s the kind of girl I am, he’s my kind of guy.”

Up next is “Blackbird” by Sarah McLachlan. A classic song of redemption that reminds me of Guy of Gisborne.

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly. all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these sunken eyes and learn to see. all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to be free.”

Number three is “At My Most Beautiful” by R.E.M. The lines that stand out to me:

“I read bad poetry into your machine. I save your messages just to hear your voice

(I would totally do that. both the poetry & saving his voice…)

You always listen carefully to awkward rhymes

(Richard always seems to listen so attentively and I can imagine him trying to be encouraging, even if my poetry was horrible!)

“You always say your name, like I wouldn’t know its you”

(He introduces himself respectfully, even when it’s clear that everyone knows exactly who he is)

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This next one is a bit more serious, “Lover’s Eyes” by Mumford & Sons

“This mirror holds my eyes too bright,  I can’t see the others in my life”

this speaks to me of the downfalls of obsession. It can bring things about oneself into better focus but in so doing, real life tends to get neglected.

“I feel numb beneath your tongue,  beneath the curse of these lover’s eyes.”

The things Richard says and the way he says them, entrances me sometimes; as does that haunting stare of his.

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“tame the ghosts in my head,  that run wild and wish me dead”

that line sounds dire but it’s actually positive for me. This admiration of mine, and all that it entails (especially blogging), helps me tame the chaotic thoughts and emotions that constantly jostle around inside of me.

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The last song that I want to highlight is “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding. This one just fires up my imagination and I tend to put all the different RA characters into the various scenarios along with me.

“cover your eyes so you don’t know the secret”

“after the war we said we’d fight together”

The important line though, is:

“I’ll give you everything you need, but I don’t think I need you. I know it’s gonna be alright.”

Because as fun as this fandom thing is and as much enjoyment and insight that I inadvertently get from Richard Armitage, I don’t need it/him. I  do enjoy it, though!

I Just Don’t Like It

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22.) your least favorite photo

 

I don’t despise this photo, I just…don’t like it. It’s blue, I should like that. It highlights his eyes, I should like that. The shirt is unbuttoned at the collar, I should like that. I just…don’t.

There are other photos that I don’t like, either because of his hair or the angle it’s shot or the clothes he’s wearing,etc. but I explain those all away as just a bad shot. Maybe it’s the fact that this one that I don’t like gets used to represent him so often? He looks like a Soap-Opera star, or maybe a romance novel rogue. I don’t know, I just don’t like it.

We Think You Got A Lot Of Potential

Richard Armitage 30 day challenge

21.) Q: a role of his you haven’t seen, but would like to

A: Staged

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This story seems like it’s full of raw emotion, the push and pull of an unstable relationship that’s been overshadowed by ego.

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The simplicity of it’s stage-show format and short length has me intrigued, not to mention seeing a young Richard Armitage, full of potential, just starting out on his cinematic journey.

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I didn’t really know about it, until everyone started to receive their ordered copies. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have bought one without hearing/seeing some reviews of it first anyways.

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I really like you Richard, but you could have been really horrible in it!

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After seeing the trailer though, I don’t think you were horrible. at all.