I am DELIGHTED to read that my favorite British actor wants to expand his “depth of field”. I have blogged on here before and commented on other blogs about how I feel that Richard Armitage is painting himself into a corner with the type of roles he has been choosing to play over the past several years. All of the roles that Richard has taken on were characters that are involved in violence and carried weapons. There is Captain Ian Macalwain, Guy of Gisborne, Lucas North, John Porter Heinz Kruger and now Thorin Oakensheid. I fear that if Richard keeps up this trend he will typecast himself and limit how directors view him as an actor. Yes, there is no doubt that Richard is fantastic in all of these roles, but quite frankly, I am about ready to scream watching Richard pull out weapons, look mean and hollering onscreen.
Here is what Richard said in a recent interview about the roles he has been playing:
“I’d like to act in a film without special effects. I’ve spent the past two years in a special FX environment for The Hobbit. I also need to find something where I’m not fighting or inflicting violence on someone, as a lot of the roles I’ve had, such as Lucas North in Spooks and Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, have involved that. I don’t know why that’s been the case.”
Well, amen hallelujah! I didn’t think that Richard was taking note of this, but I am glad to learn that I was wrong. If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know how I feel about films filled with violence, no matter who is starring in them. There is enough of that crap on the six o’clock news with me having to watch it in films too. Not that I watch the news because I don’t for that very reason. I refuse to fill my consciousness with that kind of stuff. When I saw The Hobbit I loved Richard in it, but I was GLAD when the movie was over. And I am not going to see The Hobbit two and three. I will wait until they are on Netflix or Amazon and then I can fast forward when the violent scenes start. I am completely bowled over by Richard Armitage, but I am not willing to go against my grain in the process. If Richard happened to be my husband then yes, I would be a very supportive wife and go to see everything he is in, but since he isn’t I’m not.
Richard, I can answer that question you asked during the interview. Well, it wasn’t really a question, but more like a statement. You don’t know why that has been the case? Because you agreed to play those roles. Your career will go in whatever direction you choose to take it. See how easy that was? We are always in the driver’s seat and the architects of our lives’ even when we are in denial of it.
I look forward to the movie Black Sky and I do hope that things are straightened out with the production company soon. I am still waiting for my copy of “Staged” as of this post.
I have to admit that I am not really into the whole Richard III thing. I know that it is important to RA and I am very happy for him from that standpoint, but personally I am not into it. I do hope that Richard gets all the financial backing required to make the Richard III project a successful reality.
I would love to see Richard in some more period dramas, some romantic comedy or a straight up dramatic role. I would love to see Richard in a remake of Bringing Up Baby or La Belle et La Bete. There is a lot of great literature out there that would be wonderful to see interpreted onto the silver screen. If Richard was much younger I would have loved to see him play the part of Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables.
To read the rest of Richard’s interview click HERE.