Archive | June 2014

Do we expect too much of him?

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

RA at the DoS Madrid Premiere

Oh, remember? He was weary from the Desolation of Smaug  tour by the time he got to Madrid. After reading so many accounts of his weary (but willing) greeting of fans each night after The Crucible, I have to ask:

Do we expect too much of him sometimes? After an emotionally and physically grueling four-hour performance, should we expect him to come out every night to meet and greet us? Is his performance not enough? Has he set a precedent he can’t rescind?

I’m not judging, just asking.

This issue worries me. The play runs through mid-September, and they haven’t even gotten into matinee days yet, when he’ll have to achieve this level of performance twice.

I know that this kind of selfless commitment to us is one of the reasons we love him so.

But I wish we could ask him: RA, some nights, would you just like to walk out of the stage door and keep walking?

And, as a follow-up: If you would, how can we help you do that?

<ducking now>

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Can’t Wait to Hear More of RA’s US Accent!

Happy Dance!  Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas.

Happy Dance!
Photo courtesy of Klaudia Dimitrievic Galas.

I love RA’s UK accent(s), but I have to admit, I’m really looking forward to hearing more of his American accent in #IntotheStorm‘s new trailer (premiering somewhere on the web June 26 at 10 AM US Pacific Time).

He seemed to be droppin’ his gs in the trailer for THE TRAILER. (Well, Gary Morris is from Oklahoma.) As long as he doesn’t mix his American accents (like She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in Spooks), I think he’ll be fine.

ANYHOODLE, I expect eight years – since this interview (bless his heart) –  will have made a difference:

“I’d practiced my American accent really hard so I could get the part just right. When I finished reading, the casting people said, ‘Wow! That was great… Now would you mind doing it again with an American accent?’”*

Good luck, darlin’ RA!!!


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A Fan Describes Some Changes in The Crucible, and OMG, John Proctor Washing by Firelight

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A wonderful account of a Roumanian fan’s adventure, almost behind the stage, and meeting Yael Farber, with a stage door photo as well. Thanks to Fernanda Matas who is maintaining (and sticking) the Richard Armitage Appreciation Association Crucible Facebook Page – and she said it’s Ok to cut and paste here for those of you who don’t have access to Facebook.

Here it is:

Hello everyone, tonight was my night. Third time lucky they say, right? You won’t believe it, but I was at the Hobbit premiere in Madrid, then at Premios 40 Principales and didn’t get to properly meet Richard. I even befriended almost all the PR people during the second event in Madrid, but the British stars used a different exit… but oh, how fate turned things around, finally! It was long decided that I…

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What would YOU have done if you’d seen this in a Wellington Park??

Thorin leads the way...

Thorin leads the way…


Watching the fabulous HobbitCon videos on You Tube, I ran across this hilarious one with my beloved Graham McTavish and Ken Stott:

And, forgive me, but I’ve been thinking about it A LOT.

I find myself  wondering what  I would’ve done if I’d see RA dressed like this leading the Dwarves through that park in Wellington…

How would you have reacted?

Thorin strategizes...

Thorin works out the strategy…


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Would You Like to Go to The Crucible?


That’s the question.

And if the answer is, “yes, but I don’t have the money,” then you may be in luck. I bought two tickets for opening night (actually, it’s a preview night*), June 21st.

I know what it feels like to want to attend something and the funds simply aren’t there, or feeling guilty about indulging in something that’s not a necessity. Well…if you have a way to get to the Old Vic Theatre, you may end up with some tickets.

This is a one day contest. No, make that a contest for about a day and half, because I’ll announce who gets the tickets on Sunday morning BST.

Here’s what you need to do:

Send me the reason you want the tickets in 200 words or less. No, you do not have to write 200 words. That’s just the limit for the wordy among you. Images or graphics…

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