While looking through shots of Strike Back, episodes 5 and 6, to help illustrate the friendship between Porter and Gerry; a different scenario started taking shape in my mind. John Porter, big brother, takes an unruly Gerry off his mother’s hands for the day:
Boys will be boys and they like to play games, no matter the age.
After an exhilarating romp, they relax in the shade. Gerry tries to bore Porter to death with facts found on the internet: “the soft-drink 7up contained Lithium, a mood stabilizing drug, until 1950”
Porter makes Gerry hand over the phone, claiming it will now be an electronic-free afternoon.
Their next game, Capture the Flag, gets out of hand.
Porter eventually gets the upper hand again.
Gerry then tries to convince Porter to let him practice his knot-tying. Porter doesn’t fall for it.
Gerry wants to play Hide-n-Seek next
which ends up getting them horribly lost.
Porter is so stressed by this point, that he doesn’t protest when Gerry discovers that his special canteen isn’t filled with water.
A decision he soon regrets.
Porter has had it with Gerry, and decides to cut their day together short.
Needless to say, the ride home is filled with tension.
I think it’s safe to assume that you all know I really like the Richard & Martin 60 seconds interviews. And I just highlighted my favorite audio interview,Radio1 with Scott Mills, quite recently. So for this question, I decided to go with my second favorite audio interview, Radio5 with Richard Bacon.
Something great about this particular audio interview, is that it’s also available to us in video format. When just listening to the interview, I picture Richard sitting up all nice & straight, politely looking the interviewer in the eye, while giving his dignified answers…not the case at all!
Richard constantly talks with his hands, fidgets with his fingers or the pen that has no purpose, and he’s slouching with his elbows on the table…and I love it all to pieces! (because it’s just like me) The interview itself is enjoyable too. It’s clear that Mr.Bacon has done his research and actually seems to really like Strike Back, which is what Richard Armitage is promoting.
The interview touches on several aspects of the production: marketing, film making, plot, stunts, etc.
Richard gives a good description of what the series is about, as well. Not only the specifics of the plot, but also the heart of the story: John Porter’s struggles with being a programmed soldier vs. the more human attachments of a wife and daughter. Richard also mentions that he did all his own stunts, apart from one, and challenges us to spot it.
(jumping off the cliff into the water)
In the third part of the interview, the past-time of canal boating arises, which Richard calls “nasty”. What’s so bad about canal boating? Is the water smelly or something? Floating down the water on a house-boat with no cares or worries, sounds pretty good to me! Maybe it’s just that his favorite past-time of skiing, is seen as the opposite of that.
Then we end, of course, with the infamous “belt buckling” You sure about those “danger sports”, Richard? because I’m thinking you like to kick back & relax more than you’re letting on…