Comic-Con whirlwind

Yesterday was very busy for the Richard Armitage community with the appearance of cast members from The Hobbit at the San Diego Comic-Con. Were you surprised he kept the beard?

Richard Armitage – Entertainment Weekly interview

For your convenience, I have some interviews with just the Richard Armitage bits below with their transcripts and closed-captioning. While others may have posted these already, I have captured, edited, and boosted the sound in addition to captioning and transcribing them. We are a team and your corrections and additions are most graciously welcome! 🙂

Here is a very short clip from Entertainment Weekly with the just the introduction and the Richard Armitage segment:


Host: Hi this is Anthony Breznican with EW.COM. We are here at Comic-Con with the gang from The Hobbit, our recent cover boys. Thank you very much for being here with Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Phillipa Boyens, co-writer producer, of course Mr. Peter Jackson, the ringleader of this circus and Andy Serkis, an actual “Serkis.”

Host: Tell us about Thorin Oakenshield. Who is he? What do we need to know? What are his vitals?

Richard Armitage: He’s the exiled dwarf king from Erebor and he’s taking his people really back on a journey to reclaim the gold and effectively the homeland.

Here is an interview of Richard Armitage done by “Quickbeam” on TheOneRing.Net:


Quickbeam: Hello there, Richard. How’re you doing, sir?

Richard Armitage: How are you?

Quickbeam: Good to see you.

Richard Armitage: Good to see you, too.

Quickbeam: You spent some time with our friend Larry Curtis.

Richard Armitage: I did.

Quickbeam: When he was visiting. It was a little while ago.

Richard Armitage: Yes.

Quickbeam: Actually I was there myself 3 or 4 weeks ago and you were very very busy.

Richard Armitage: Was I? Oh no, I did say hi to you.

Quickbeam: Well you were very “in mode.”

Richard Armitage: Was I in crazy mode?

Quickbeam: Actually you were in “Robert DeNiro mode.” You were very focused. It was fantastic. And I had a nice talk with Mana, your double. He’s an old friend of mine.

Richard Armitage: I so love that with my stunt double.

Quickbeam: Isn’t he great?

Richard Armitage: I watched footage and thought it was me. And it’s nice when you don’t recognize yourself. That’s when you know your stunt double is amazing.

Quickbeam: He’s a tall drink of water, that guy.

Richard Armitage: Yeah, I want to take his number. I want to work with him every time.

Quickbeam: He’s very very cool. I’ve heard from listening to the conversations you had that you read the books when you were very young.

Richard Armitage: Yeah.

Quickbeam: Which fills my heart with joy. And the fans as well would like to know you have an organic connection to the story. We’re really looking forward to seeing the films and it makes all the difference that you know the story.

Richard Armitage: Well I think that when you grow up with characters like this, they change as you get older, they evolve. Going back, I’m 40 years old and they were read to me when I was 7. And it feels different. These characters feel different. And then actually putting the costume on and trying to make that character live and breathe and walk and talk. It’s like you’re given this responsibility to every other person who’s read them, who’s just reading the books for the first time or who has read it when they were 7. That’s the responsibility and you have to own that for everyone. And I’ve tried to take that on, but I’ve only got my own imagination to work with. It’s served me well in the past so I think it will do again.

Quickbeam: I believe it will. From what I’ve witnessed, it’s served you quite well. I was very impressed with everything the team was doing on the set. But let me ask you something about the staying power of myth. Why do these stories have such a holding power on us?

Richard Armitage: That was one of Tolkien’s great achievements. He didn’t really create myths, he created legends. And that’s what his full intention was, to create something that felt like it was of this earth, not somewhere else in the same way C.S. Lewis did. If you read any of the early histories of the evolution series it comes through, you realize that you’re looking for something much deeper, much more English actually.

Quickbeam: Yes.

Richard Armitage: He wants to create a universe that you think may have existed. He created a religion of languages.

Quickbeam: Seventeen original languages Tolkien invented. Which is crazy.

Richard Armitage: And I think his passion for language and the way he used Nordic mythology is why the books feel so real and sustain over a long period of time. And will do. I would be very surprised if any of these stories get remade again. But I think Tolkien will be visualized on film. Maybe Silmarillion or something like that. I mean that would be a great honor to see that come to life.

Quickbeam: It would.

Richard Armitage: And it would be a tragedy if it didn’t.

Quickbeam: Indeed. Well, Richard, thank you for your time.

Richard Armitage: Nice to talk to you.

Quickbeam: Congratulations on all your good work.

Richard Armitage: Thank you.

Quickbeam: Cheers. Well-done. Ladies and gentlemen, that was Richard Armitage. Thorin Oakenshield himself right here on TheOneRing.Net. You guys got to talk to him before anybody else. And look at that. A few yards away from us is Sir Ian McKellen.

Thanks in advance for any help on the transcriptions! 😀 See you soon.

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104 Responses to Comic-Con whirlwind

  1. phoebe says:

    You are the best! This interview had a lot of background noise so having a transcript has made it perfect.

    • bccmee says:

      @phoebe: Thanks for your kind words! The initial purpose of this blog was to simply post interviews but it diversified during the drought season, LOL!

      • PV says:

        BCC, i second that, thank you for the videos and the transcripts. I totally missed the big event yesterday, so am getting to catch up only today. Thank you for this, about time we saw him 😉 and he still has the beard, I know one person who must have been thrilled to see that 😉

        • bccmee says:

          @PV: You’re most welcome! The beard surprised me, but it looked gReAt!

        • Mymycherrypie... says:

          No! I think he should lose the beard!!! I think it was much nicer when we could see his gorgeous face!!! maybe a bit of stubble but not the beard!!! But thats just my opinion!!! xx 😉

        • bccmee says:

          @Mymycherrypie: You’re not alone in your opinion. I happen to like the beard though. Have to admit, I won’t mind when it’s shaved off either.

  2. Mezz says:

    “…not somewhere else in the same way C.S.Lewis did…” I think that’s who Richard referred to.
    Thanks for your editing B, always appreciated. After all, the RA bits are the most important ones!
    I wasn’t surprised he kept the beard. I think it creates a link with the first press conference and the character, plus they still have more filming to do. That could be tricky if the tornado people want him cleanshaven!

    • Mezz says:

      That should be “tornado movie people.” 🙂

    • bccmee says:

      @Mezz: Thanks for sharing your sharp ears! For some reason I kept hearing “T.S. Elliot” and I knew that couldn’t be right. 😉 I have since changed the transcript and captioning.

      I’m now curious to know if the whirlwind tornado will blow off RA’s beard too. *giggle*

  3. Pospíšková Irena says:

    Ah thank you, Bccmee! My first language is not English, so I did not understand it well enough. Your transcript is very helpful to me.

    • bccmee says:

      @Pospíšková Irena: Thank you for taking the time to comment! I’m glad you are able to enjoy this transcript. 😀 As you know, I live in New York City, which is the greatest — and most international — city in the world! 😀

  4. Lady Prisca says:

    Thank you very much Bccmee for the interviews and the transcripts. I’m not really surprised that he kept the beard . There is so long time that we see him with this beard that it’s as he have had it since always. I like him without beard and like that too.

    • Lady Prisca says:

      I’m more surprised that he don’t take hollydays after The hobbit and that he is abble to work right now in another project (after so long time spent to be Thorin , it must be difficult to be another character so quickly).

    • bccmee says:

      @Lady Prisca: Have to admit surprise at the beard, especially since RA has another role coming straight away. I’m excited about both roles for different reasons. 😀

  5. Ana Cris says:

    Thanks Bcc,
    I was waiting with hopes your transcription, since there are some parts that I did not understand!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t like the beard! Was at first disappointed to see that he had still got it but he did say that they still had some filming to do so presumably that’s the reason – but does that mean he will have a beard in the tornado movie?? There’s not much time before he starts filming on that. I thought he would have had a break before embarking on a new project. Little bit disappointed to be honest with you. I would have liked him to do some theatre next – in London, of course.
    Thanks Bcc – you always come up trumps!
    Lizzie x

    • bccmee says:

      @Lizzie: Good question as to the reasoning behind the beard. Perhaps he figured he’d leave it on to be more recognizable as his Thorin character. I would be surprised if he wears the beard for his next role in the tornado movie. I wonder if and when he will return to the stage.

  7. Kathleen says:

    I will admit to not being surprised that he kept the beard. Maybe he likes it. And think it would be great if he took a break but over time it seems that what he really wants to do is stay busy. He has done two TV series at the same time twice. He is always doing voice overs for adverts and documentaries and recorded audio books. Maybe he will have a chance to make a non-acting contribution that he has not been able to do before with the tornado movie and that is why he has signed on so early.

  8. Holliday says:

    Thanks for the transcript. There were some things I couldn’t make out during the interview. I’m surprised he kept the beard. I thought the moment they said “Cut!” after filming the last scene, that beard was gone. I’m kind of glad he kept it, but it may not be for much longer if his next part requires him to be clean shaven. Which isn’t a bad thing either. He looks good with and without the beard. He’s probably used to it by now. I thought he looked tired, like he could use a twelve hour nap or something. Not surprising since it wasn’t all that long ago he was in New Zealand and now he’s in California. Probably still getting over the jet lag.

    • Holliday says:

      I heard in another interview(and like others said in their posts) they’re not actually “done” with The Hobbit just yet so that’s probably why he still has the beard. If he wanted to keep it I wouldn’t object.

    • bccmee says:

      @Holliday: You and I were both surprised by the appearance of the beard at Comic-Con. I thought it may be in a Hobbit museum already. 😉 He was so well-spoken at all the interviews. I wonder if any more will materialize.

  9. Luciana says:

    THANK YOU very much for the transcription. It’s so kind of you!!! Usually I have some problems to understand English, but in this case the sound is really bad and makes it almost impossible for me to understand the dialogue!!
    And no, I wasn’t surprised that he still kept the beard, but confess that I wish he had got rid of it!!

  10. gracie says:

    Bccmee, you are fabulous to take the time to do this. I just love everything about him. Everything I tell, everything.

  11. Hey, thank you for transcribing the 2nd interview. That was probably a broadcast mic they were using for onering, which is why we hear the background noise — it probably was clear as a bell if you were listening to it on onering’s site. I need to see if they have it up there. It might be a different sound quality.

    Thanks for catching that interview! It was the only one I hadn’t seen yet.

    In general it looks like RA is fit and sassy and ready for the next big role. Terrific stuff!

  12. heurodis says:

    Thank you so much!! I’m so grateful especially for the second one.
    Richard impressed that Tolkien geek completely, didn’t he! He’s so intelligent!♥

    grendel’s mum

  13. Hi bccmee!
    Love the videos and the transcripts! I’ve shared this link on my blog post today.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  14. jasrangoon says:

    You rock my friend! If you’d like, imagine me bowing down to your awesomeness. 😉 Seriously though, I zoned out part way through the TORn interview because I was having such a hard time making out the conversation, so this transcript made all the difference.

  15. mariana says:

    You are amazing Bccmee! Thank you for the transcription!
    Richard is realy so intelligent!

  16. jacqui_coinyard says:

    Thanks B! Checking all the news at the mo..

  17. jacqui_coinyard says:

    Have you seen this

  18. cristine says:

    Thank you so much for making the transcriptions, bccmee! It would’ve been impossible to understand some parts of the interview without them.
    I’m not surprised that he still has the beard. I like him most with his stubble, but I must admit the beard suits him well. Looks like he is usen to it (and seems like I am too…) I’m very proud of him and happy for what’s happening to him in his career.

  19. judiang says:

    Thanks so much for the transcripts Bcc. It’s very thoughtful. Yes, I was disappointed to see the beard, but it was good to see him after so long.

  20. Judit says:

    When I first watched the Quickbeam interview on TORn I couldn’t really make out what they were saying due to the background noise. The transcript is very useful, thank you! You really are fantastic, bcc!!! 🙂

    • bccmee says:

      @Judit: You’re welcome! Glad you were able to enjoy this interview. One of RA’s best in my opinion based on the questions and answers.

  21. Judit says:

    No I wasn’t surprised he kept the beard at all. I agree with Mezz, he had to stay in “Thorin mode” for Comic Con! 🙂 I love love love the guy with or without beard, he’s just the sexiest man I’ve ever laid eyes on. 🙂

  22. Ania says:

    Thank you Bccmee , thank you very much for transcription. I watched the interview on TheOneRing at night, but unfortunately the sound disappeared from time to time, so thank you very much for improving the sound.

  23. Thank you so very much Bccmee for the interviews and the transcripts!
    I’m so happy to see him, to hear his voice again!
    I’m very proud of him too. He deserves all the very best.
    I really can’t wait for “The Hobbit”!

  24. Anonymous says:

    You´re the best,Bcc.Thank you very much for the transcriptions .It helped a lot. I wasn´t surprised him kept the beard, but I`d wish he without it or justly a stubble.I thought him with a very tired expression. He is needing a good and long break ! Thanks God his hair is growing!I

    • bccmee says:

      @Tereza: Have to admit I was surprised at the appearance of the beard. Now we should make predictions about whether or not he’ll wear the beard in the tornado film, LOL!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Bcc, my comment above was showed up as anonymus.It´s me Tereza Tassuett.I don´t know why it is happening lately.

  26. titianminx says:

    B you are a star.Brilliant transcripts it makes the interviews much easier to follow because the background noise is very loud! Thanks so much for taking the trouble to do it.

  27. kate aka khandy says:

    Hi justwnted to say thanks for the transcriptsI neverherwell atthe best of timebut this week on topofy deafness I have an ear infection which makes wearing my hearing aid impossible so you are a life saver

  28. Carolyn says:

    Thank you so much for these videos and the transcripts! You are always there when we need you!

  29. saraleee says:

    Wow! I’m so glad you put this interview up, with the transcript–great job, and thanks for all your hard work. Now I understand why Quickbeam referred to Richard as a “gentleman and a scholar” — RA really knows his stuff.

  30. Elaine says:

    You provide such an essential service – thank you ! Lots of great photos and clips showing up. Is it December yet????

  31. love4ot says:

    Haha, the moment I saw him I thought, “He kept the beard?” Maybe his next movie is not about a tornado, but a biography of a better looking, sexier Zach Galifianakis – so kidding around here. So, yes I was surprised, but a nice one. The transcripts really helped a ton! Thank you!

    • bccmee says:

      @love4ot: LOL re: Zach Galifianakis! I’ve adored him since his stand-up comedy days and had the pleasure of meeting him. Thanks for your comment! 😀

  32. mersguy says:

    Thanks Bccmee, watched it again, and again….oh you get it!
    I love it that he knocks the interviewer’s socks off with his quick and articulate replies.

  33. Mulubinba says:

    This is wonderful!! Thank you so much …. there is so much I would have missed if you hadn’t written this transcript, and I truly wanted to find out the research he has done for the character. Brilliant!!

    (yep, I’m in total geek heaven atm) 🙂

  34. Thanks you for the transcript.

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  37. phylly3 says:

    You are a star! Thanks so much for doing the transcript. 🙂

  38. fitzg says:

    You perform a Public Service, Bcc Mee! Thank you. 🙂
    I rather liked seeing RA with the auburny hair colour, which is probably his natural colour. Considering eyebrows, forearm hair etc. (Though he is wonderful with black, too.)

  39. Joanna says:

    “gentelman and a scholar”..*sigh*… Thank you very much,Bccmee!:)

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  41. Thais says:

    You’re awesome, Bccmee! Thanks a lot! It’s very kind of you to share all this videos and transcriptions with us! So many interviews with RA… this is so exciting! 😀 And this is just the beginning! 🙂

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  45. april73 says:

    Thanks a lot for the links Bccmee. 🙂

  46. april73 says:

    Reblogged this on April's violet and commented:
    Thanks to Bccmee for the videos links and the great work she has done for the transcription.

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