Special Guest!

Today we have a special guest who has very generously given me permission to share her thoughts and pictures.  She is known as beengizzied, and she has an interesting “Show and Tell” about various Richard Armitage characters.  I’ll let her take over now and I hope you enjoy this post her commentary. Beengizzied does not want me to call her a guest blogger, so I’ll just classify this as a very long comment. 😉

Richard Armitage: The Dark Side

The darker side of Richard Armitage’s roles is a richly interesting place with many cultural, philosophical and visual links. Here’s just a handful.

Sir Guy of Gisborne

I think Guy of Gisborne is driven by the belief that he is ugly on the inside. Like Frankenstein’s creature, he was abandoned by his parent figure. Guy was left to fend for himself and this created anger. Finding some sense of place with Vasey, who re-made him into a monstrous figure, Guy’s sense of self loathing only grew. Guy wanted to be loved and, like the creature, saw his ability to exist in the world (and maybe redemption for sins) linked to a mate (Marian) but when this promise was broken the consequences of the betrayal were dire and tragic.

Ricky Deeming

“What are you rebelling against, Johnny?” He answers, “Whaddaya got?”

Ricky Deeming: Rebel Philosopher

Ricky represents for me the delicious concept of “carnival” (as discussed by Baudrillard and then Bakhtin). Ricky is fighting against middle class hegemony by dabbling at the edge of oblivion in terms of speed (and possibly his sexuality?) and, what I find so attractive about him is, he is aware of its subversive potential. I’d love to know how he got to this point. His biker gang (or cult) is neo-Marxist polemic acted out in leather. This is different to our other leather boy, Guy of Gisborne, who wants desperately to join the establishment – at the top, of course.

John Thornton

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

The central theme of “Ozymandias” is the inevitable complete decline of all leaders, and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own time. John Thornton certainly has some of the arrogance of the boastful king at the beginning of the story.

Richard mentions having read Engels (possibly The Condition of the Working Class in England) in his North and South “making of” interview. Engels, himself the product of industrialist wealth, financially supported and co authored with Marx seminal writings on the inherent exploitation and inevitable contradictions of capitalism, holding within it the seeds of its own destruction. North and South is the richer for touching on these themes.

Ozymandias painting by Charles Griffith

Ozymandias painting by Charles Griffith

Lucas North

Lucas North: Terminator

Lucas North: Terminator

Lucas appears back in the present from eight years in the gulag universe, stripped of humanity.

He struggles to integrate at first but by season eight he is functioning like the true programmed professional assassin. He looks and moves like a machine. And by the end, thinks like one that has malfunctioned.

John Porter

John Porter (so tempted to go all biblical here, but a bit too sensitive) is the gladiator. He believes in a noble cause. He puts his life on the line and suffers horrendous physical pain. He is a killing machine with a conscience. He loves his wife and child but is ripped from them. He works within a corrupt, multi agenda, military regime that does not belong to any one country. He is just one small cog who is easily sacrificed in a power machine that attempts to protect the facade of government legitimacy. Like Spartacus he ends up working outside of the regime to help the oppressed and when he is labelled renegade and drives off into the distance on a fatal crusade there are, in true serial military style, many more to take his place.

Spartacus – modest about his chesticles – and John Porter: two pieces of dark but beautiful neoclassical statuary?

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29 Responses to Special Guest!

  1. April says:

    Excellent ! Thanks Beengizzied. 🙂

  2. IngeD3 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed that – great insights!
    Thanks Beengizzied! 🙂

  3. judiang says:

    A very nice essay BG. Will you be doing more?

  4. kathrynruthd says:

    Love the analogy’s…especially the Lucas and Porter ones. Thanks xx

  5. Interesting comparisons. Thanks for sharing.

  6. A very in depth commentary. You have an intersting thought process:-)

  7. Alfie says:

    What a great “surprise”. A really funny and educating comment (post). Thanks for sharing.

  8. Lady Rose says:

    Hahaha! Great post!

  9. This is so refreshing! A whole new perspective on RA’s characters. Well done Beegizzied, thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. NovemberBride says:

    Outstanding, beengizzied!! The parallels between Frank and Guy are very perceptive and brilliant. I had considered the Gladiator/JP also Deeming/Brando similarities but you voiced them expertly. The other characters and their counterparts as you presented them are definite food for thought! I nominate you as a regular guest…errrr, commentator!!! =0)

  11. Very interesting observations and excellent choice of photos.
    A+ for the essay!

  12. Love the comparison here. Great pics, too!

  13. Thaís says:

    What a great surprise, Bccmee!
    What a delightful “comment”, beengizzied! It’s amazing! All the comparisons and thoughts! Love the pics too! 🙂

  14. bccmee says:

    Thanks to beengizizied for her thoughtful commentary! Here’s my addition:

    Guy of Gisborne
    Guy of Gisborne screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

    The Scream
    Edvard Munch’s painting, “The Scream” from wikipedia.com

    P.S. I’d also like to thank all of you for your lovely supportive comments! *GROUP HUG*

  15. Ania says:

    A very interesting analogy. I like it! ( especially with the Gladiator 🙂 )

  16. Ana Cris says:

    Hi beengizzied,

    Great post!
    Thanks Bcc too.

  17. beengizzied says:

    Thank you all for having a look at my post. You are all very kind.
    I really like your comparison of Guy and The Scream bccmee. I understand that painting had to undergo restoration after being stolen (and damaged). A bit like S3 Guy getting his spa treatment.
    Thank you bccmee for letting me take up space on your fabulous blog. I hope you enjoyed your little breather.

  18. Phylly3 says:

    Wow! I really love your comparisons beengizzied! Especially surprising is comparing Guy to Frankenstein – but you totally made it work!! I would love to know more about Ricky Deeming’s background too. I started reading a fanfic about him once – it was good too.(I should finish it!).
    I could go on… loved all of it! Must go… Thanks!

  19. PV says:

    Loved it BG, awesome. JP and Gladiator/Spartacus comparison is awesome, not to mention that they are indeed beautiful statuary :)…and i dont mind you comparing my JT to Ozymandias, i get it, he had the arrogance…but but but look at his heart …and his character and honor…:|

  20. Gratiana says:

    Hi BG,
    Great analogies–especially Guy and Frankenstein, all of them actually–very original!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  21. servetus says:

    Excellent. The biblical parallels are really glaring.

  22. Elaine says:

    @beengizzied – a wonderful well thought out study of RA’s various roles. A Fine Arts degreee with a major in Richard Armitage studies, hmmmm…………….

  23. fitzg says:

    Beengizzied, such pertinent comparisons and allusions. I don’t wonder why Armitage chooses to play the complex, conflicted – outsider/rebel roles; those are meat and drink to actors. Marvellous NON-guest blog! 😀

  24. Lady Prisca says:

    Brilliant , beengizzied. I especially like the comparison between Guy and the creature of Frankenstein (perhaps because I especially like Guy L.O.L.), but the others are very interesting too.

  25. Jonia says:

    YAY! Wonderful comparisons!

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