October animated gif challenge – day 9

Richard Armitage really makes his characters come alive.  I almost feel that John Standring from Sparkhouse is a real man.

Today’s animated gif was recommended by Ania.  She requested the scene where John and Carol are unpacking the car after their wedding. It’s very touching, in more ways than one!

Richard Armitage as John Standring

Screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

If you haven’t yet seen Sparkhouse, I urge you to do so.  It’s really incredible to watch Richard Armitage transform himself in his character so utterly and completely.

Here is your animated gif:

Richard Armitage as John Standring

In this scene, John Standring tells Carol tenderly, “Never think you can’t tell me things.”  *sigh*  Of course that quote wouldn’t fit on a tiny animated icon so I chose the word “sparks” because I imagine that there was a flicker between the two characters when their hands touched.

Thanks again for your participation, whether it be through reading, recommending, tweeting, facebooking, commenting, etc.  It’s a pleasure to know you!  🙂

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48 Responses to October animated gif challenge – day 9

  1. Yes, JS is a darling and you as well for entertain us during May, September and October with your creations. Thanks again!

  2. Kathleen Evans says:

    This was my second choice for a gif. Luckily, Ania suggested it. For those that have not seen Sparkhouse, it is well worth the effort. It is one of RA’s best roles and all of it is on YouTube.

    Yet another gif I can watch over and over again.

  3. CDoart says:

    What a sweet gif. Thank you, bccmee and Ania!

  4. Elaine says:

    I haven’t watched Sparkhouse as I have a feeling that I’d want to murder Carol for being so unfair to John when all he wants is for her to love him. Am I right? This gif is sweet and sad.

    • bccmee says:

      Heh, well since Carol is the main character, I can see things from her point of view. She really had my sympathy. Of course, so did John Standring because he loved her unconditionally. I think you might enjoy the show, Elaine. Let us know how you like it if/when you watch it. 😀

  5. Eileen says:

    Oh, yes…definitely a flicker<3

  6. Teuchter says:

    Dear – sweet – John! A perfect subject for today’s gif!! Undoubtedly another outstanding performance by Richard Armitage. Once again our eyes are drawn to those beautiful sensitive hands of his. Sparks indeed! 🙂 Honestly, this man can act with every part of his body.

    • bccmee says:

      His hands, his eyes, his posture, his voice and tender words all add up to such a beautiful sight, Teuchter. Yes, I’m very fond of John Standring too!

  7. Lady Prisca says:

    Very good idea Ania , this scene is very touching (the way his thumb caress her hand). The tender John Standring is my second favourite character of Richard (after Guy). You’re true Bccmee Richard is amazing , he give so credibility and intensity at his characters. When I’ve seen John the first time just after Robin Hood I thought that I was not seeing the same actor. Thank you Bccmee , I looooooooove this gif!

    • bccmee says:

      I like all the “good” characters: John Porter, John Standring, Harry Kennedy, Claude Monet. However, RA makes his “bad guys” very interesting to watch. I don’t know how he does it, Lady Prisca!

  8. Faboamanto says:

    Wonderful and tender moment, Ania and Bccmee. How could Carol not love sweet John at that moment.

  9. Dhana says:

    Be still, my beating heart!!!! Thank you for another wonderful gif, bcc, and thanks to Ania for making the request! I can never get enough of John Standring. I think I’ve mentioned that before. 😉

  10. Ania says:

    Thank you, thank you very much Bccmee!!!
    This is a beautiful gif ♥ Sparks indeed, every time when I look at it. 🙂 It’s amazing how a lot of tenderness in this one “small gesture”. I think RA is a master of showing emotion in this way.
    BTW, I really like John Standring (well, maybe not as much as I like Mr. Thornton;-) ), but he has so much warmth and wise approach to life, and he is so faithful in his feeling to Carol and it is a very moving and worthy of admiration.

    • bccmee says:

      Oh you picked such a lovely scene, Ania! Thank you so much for your suggestion. 😀 RA conveys a lot of emotion in such a small amount of time. I really must watch Sparkhouse again!

  11. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for all that you do for us! JS is so sweet and honest.

  12. phylly3 says:

    I LOVE that scene! Ah bccmee… I am so glad you are a Standring fan. I love him so!

  13. IngeD3 says:

    Oh, this one is just beautiful! I love Sparkhouse – I discovered it right after North & South and I couldn’t believe that John S. and John T. were the same man! it just confirmed to me what an incredibly talented craftsman our Mr. A is.
    Thank you!

    • bccmee says:

      RA never ceases to amaze me, IngeD3! Such a gift and I’m glad he had the good fortune to find success in his chosen career. Thanks so much for your comment!

  14. mersguy says:

    Richard as John Standring…..sigh, simply beautiful scene, beautiful series. Shows just how versatile Richard’s acting ability is. Love J.S

  15. Thanks for capturing the beautiful scene! This is definitely one of my favourite moments in the Spark House. Very touching. Your text “SPARKS” is spot on!

  16. Pamela says:

    He makes it look effortless. So profoundly touching!

  17. Lady Rose says:

    GAH. This scene made me want to cry. He loves her so much, and she…doesn’t love him!

  18. fitzg says:

    Another great gif – I look forward to them every day! (yesterday was Thanksgiving, so hadn’t time to check mail). Standring was such a wonderful role – compare with John Thornton: the versatility of the actor!

  19. jules says:

    This mini series was British drama at it’s best…A brilliant adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights…I remember thinking at the time ‘the guy in the woolly hat’s not bad’ I think that’s probably an understatement after watching it again years later…Richard was absolutely adorable, charming, beautiful (I could go on and on) …I recommend all RA fans watch Sparkhouse. Another great gif B …thankyou

    • bccmee says:

      I doubt I would have really noticed John Standring if he was my first RA character, jules. He was a secondary character in the story and rather blended in the background, which is a testament to RA’s acting skills. A lead role like John Thornton was what gave him the attention he so rightly deserved! Top hats off to Richard Armitage, LOL! He has worked so hard and I couldn’t be happier with his success.

      • fitzg says:

        I have to keep going back to Sparkhouse, to see what a consummate actor this is. He would not have caught my imagination, either, without Gisborne and Thornton first. (are we conditioned to flamboyance or brooding?) To return, and marvel over the character actor ability, and the ensemble playing, which is so much the mark of great acting – respect for fellow-thespians, willing to learn from, and play TO them, is a mark of truly exceptional actor, as opposed to THE STAR.

        • bccmee says:

          You have given me a lot of food for thought, fitzg. But then again, I’m always hungry, LOL! Now I wonder what drew me to Harry Kennedy the moment I saw him open the door to Sleep Cottage? Certainly the RA community kept me coming back for more.

  20. I love what a kind and gentle man John Standring is. Great GIF!

  21. fitzg says:

    I’m not sure that Mr. A was acting through the Dibley shooting. Taking a break from “face like thunder” and brooding, and just reacting to Dawn French – and having a ripping good time! Being himself? I hesitate to read too much into that, but we probably mostly interpret it in that manner.

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