Note from bccmee: Since I am on my cruise, I have invited some guest bloggers to post their thoughts on Richard Armitage and his characters. Here is the first of them, from frequent commenter April. Hope you enjoy and I’ll see you upon my return. Thanks so much, April!
A guest’s post from Switzerland
A few days ago, bccmee kindly asked me if I would like to write a guest post on her blog and respond to comments in her absence at the end of January. I have accepted with great pleasure.
Some of you know me as Isabelle on Facebook. I’m also on Twitter under the name Aprilsviolet but I usually post as April on Bccmee’s blog and others. Please excuse me if my English in not very good, for it’s not my mother tongue.
So, let me tell you how I have met Richard Armitage….
I mean in the figurative sense, not in the literal, unfortunately, lol. Although I had the chance to meet some actors at the stage doors with my friends such as James McAvoy (very nice), Rupert Penry-Jones (adorable) and Matthew Macfadyen (very impressive), I had not yet the chance to see Richard “for real”. I hope to have the chance to see him once on stage in London. 🙂
I discovered Richard on a French forum dedicated to Jane Austen, English literature, period drama, etc. It’s like C19, but smaller, lol. Before that, I had never heard about him. He is not very known in Switzerland, not even in France, unless you have seen him in “Robin Hood” or “Spooks”, but I think this will change with the forthcoming success of “The Hobbit”.
So, the first time I have seen Richard on screen was in January 2009 in the BBC drama “North and South”.
I had never read Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel before that, but I immediately liked the story and the great performance of the actors. English actors are so talented… 🙂 And when I saw Richard, I said to myself “What a great actor… and what a beautiful voice”. And of course “He’s quite handsome”, lol.
Having a very good experience with this actor, I wanted to see other series or movies with him. A member of the forum, who is also fan of his, advised me to watch “Robin Hood” and a few other series.
So, I went on Amazon to order the first 2 seasons of “Robin Hood” not only because Richard was playing in, but also because I like the legend.
OMG OMG OMG… This was quite a shock… a very nice, good shock. The first time I saw Richard as Sir Guy of Gisborne in the first episode, I said to myself “What is that ???” Translation : “OMG OMG OMG, he is too sexy in black leather. And this is the bad guy that we are not supposed to like ??? Not possible”, lol lol lol. I have nothing against Jonas Armstrong and the others, but they don’t have the charisma of Richard or even Keith (the Sheriff is my favourite character in the series).
After having recovered from shock, I watched “Spooks” from season 7 to 9 (but I don’t like what they have done with the character of Lucas North, or should I say John Bateman, in the 9th season).
I have also seen “Captain America”, “Golden Hour” (on French TV, but only episodes 3 and 4), “Moving On” (he plays the bad guy very well), “Strike Back” (for me, John Porter is one of Richard’s best roles), “Sparkhouse”, “Macbeth”, “The Impressionists” (I had the chance to visit Monet’s house and garden in Giverny in Summer 2010. It was wonderful), “The Vicar of Dibley” (so hilarious), and also the episode of “Miss Marple”, “Inspector Lynley Mysteries” and “George Gently” in which he appears.
I must confess that I have all the DVD’s in which Richard plays a character, but I had yet not the time to see everything. Yes I know… Shame on me !!! lol lol lol.
So, I hope I was not too long to read and I hope you liked the post.
Once again, thank you Bccmee. 🙂