October animated gif challenge – day 23

I’m delighted at the popularity of John Standring among the animated gif requests.  Sparkhouse is a powerful mini-series and even as a supporting player, Richard Armitage really shines in his pivotal role.  In an interview,  he said it was the first time he had auditioned in character.  It really paid off.   I don’t believe he’s played a similar character before or since.

Today’s animated gif request comes to us at the request of antoniaromera.  She is very active on twitter and is now a new blogger!  Her posts are in Spanish, but with Google Translate, you can enjoy her thoughts.  If you comment in English, she will respond in kind.  🙂  Here’s the link to her blog:  http://yqueibayoacontar.wordpress.com.  Antonia is also a big Jane Austen fan!

Richard Armitage as John Standring

Screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

It pleases me a great deal that Richard Armitage became a leading man in television.  I hope his career follows the same pattern in movies!

Antonia suggested the hug scene which was well-matched to her caption “Teddy Bear Standring.” How very apt! I’d never thought of it before but John Standring definitely brings to mind a teddy bear now that the idea has been planted in my head.  😉

Thank you ever so much for your participation in this project, Antonia.  I feel very fortunate to have “met” you online even though we live on different continents!

Here is your animated gif:

Richard Armitage as John Standring

I’m so glad I finally watched Sparkhouse so I could see first-hand what all the fuss was about!  🙂

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59 Responses to October animated gif challenge – day 23

  1. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Bccmee!
    I love this gif scene! John Standring is another of my favorite’s of RA’s roles. He’s a standout! Ha!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  2. Faboamanto says:

    Thank you for another lovely gif Bccmee! Gracias Antonia por la idea y JS 🙂
    Yes, John Standring is a very different characters from all he has played before or since, and it shows his range as an actor even early in his career.

  3. Angela Mellor says:

    That’s a lovely gif .. his little smile .. glad you got round to seeing Sparkhouse at last, don’t you just want to cuddle him ? …… 🙂

    • bccmee says:

      @Angela: Indeed I do want to cuddle that big teddy bear of a man! I’m talking about him as if he’s real, because RA did such a great job. 🙂

  4. mersguy says:

    Sweet John Standring, I watched this for the first time in May this year and Instantly fell for the gentle giant. Richard wilh his natural hair colour too I presume.
    Cant look at sausages in the same way anymore though!
    Thanks B and Antonia

    • bccmee says:

      @mersguy: LOL re: the sausage! That was an entertaining scene. Now I’m surprised nobody requested that for an animated gif! Too late now though…maybe next time…. 😛

  5. Thanks, thanks, thanks. I LOVE IT!!! I had dreamed few days ago with an amazing hug from John Stranding. I don‘t know why but it true. He is so tender…
    Thanks for your kind, sweet and beautiful mention. *mwwwah* X-)

  6. Alfie says:

    Do they have those teddy bears in TOYS´R`US? LOL:
    Lovely lovely gif.

  7. servetus says:

    Great choice!

  8. I want to hug this JS Teddy Bear, please!
    Thanks bccmee for sharing!

    • bccmee says:

      @grendel’s mum: He is eminently huggable! And wow, your blog is really a great clearinghouse for Hobbit news. Thanks also for posting my animated gifs! *HUG*

  9. Elaine says:

    Welcome to the blogosphere, Antonia and thanks for suggesting this lovely hug gif to bccmee (our personal RA genius). John Standring was sweetness itself.

    • bccmee says:

      @Elaine: I second your welcome to Antonia’s entrance into the wonderful world of blogging. There’s always room for more! For instance, your lovely photography blog is a regular stop for me. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment and support!

  10. Ania says:

    This is my other favorite scene from Sparkhouse. JS as a bear, I think it’s a great comparison 😉
    Thank you girls 🙂

  11. Lady Prisca says:

    Ah! John Standring , one of my favorite character. Teddy bear is perfectly appropriate to him , I keep the expression. In this scene he smiles and it’s not every day in Sparkhouse. I love when John smiles. Thank you antoniaromera and Bccmee.

    • bccmee says:

      @Lady Prisca: It’s really rare for any of RA’s characters to smile, LOL! I agree that the “teddy bear” expression is a perfect fit. I’ll always think of John Standring that way from now on!

  12. jules says:

    Richard’s beauty shone through in this wonderful role. He put so much warmth into the character you couldn’t help but fall in love with him as soon as you saw him…And isn’t great that we come from all four corners of the world but we still have one thing in common….the language barrier is no problem…we just want him to be our Teddy Bear!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @jules: John Standring’s looks did not appeal to me until after I watched Sparkhouse hehe. But now I think he’s lovely because of his personality. He seems so real to me too.

      Just last night I was talking to my sister on the phone and I said how much it delighted me that RA fans have such camaraderie across the borders. United under King Richard, LOL!

    • Lady Prisca says:

      Very well said jules. I totally agree with all you have said in this post.

  13. Joanna says:

    Thank you Bccmee and Antonia!
    At least he could try to fulfill these innocent wishes! We just want to hug him,right?:):)

  14. Pamela says:

    The guilelessness, the sincerity, the tenderness that you infer is all in his face. He doesn’t need to say a word. He is a brilliant artist. Thanks Bccmee 🙂

  15. Antonia, you are really a romantic girl!
    Thank you for the sweet glance and hug from John, BCC and Antonia.

  16. Lovely gift, the look he gives Carol when he tells her he accepts is so sweet, all you want to do is hug him! Great line Antonia!

    JS is a very hugable character, just like Harry IMO (although Harry’s n°1 strength is his smile).

    OML 🙂

  17. phylly3 says:

    Love! Love John Standring! 🙂 *hugs all around!*

  18. fitzg says:

    Definitely teddy bearish! Winnie the Pooh? Not much honey for John Standring, except through this lovely gif!

  19. Dhana says:

    Mmmmm… ♥John Standring♥ Many thanks to Bcc and Antonia!!!

  20. Meryl says:

    another adorable “John” for Richard to play…………………

  21. Elaine says:

    Can’t imagine anyone writing a “dear John” letter to any of RA’s John characters.

  22. Ana Cris says:

    Thanks Bcc e Antonia,

    I Love John!

  23. What a lovely and tender suggestion Antonia! And such fantastic result Bcc! Thank you both for, at the age of 45, making me look at teddy bears and SIGH!!! Really?!?!? (not appropriate).
    Anyway, I think I should leave here a small yet well-deserved comment on Antonia Romera’s blog. As a native speaker of spanish I can tell you that she is an EXCELLENT blog writter!! Google translator makes her no justice at all. 🙂

    • bccmee says:

      @Ana Cristina: Thank you so much for your kind words of support! John Standring makes the perfect teddy bear for girls of all ages. 😉

      Although I am not fluent in Spanish, I’m sure you are very right about Antonia’s blog. She expresses herself very well in English so I can believe her Spanish blog is most excellent! I’m tempted to learn Spanish better so I can enjoy more of my fellow fans’ writings. 🙂

  24. Lady Rose says:

    “Bloody ‘ell, Carol.”
    I loved this part. I kinda shrieked” Yes” too, but for a different reason. x)

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