Richard Armitage as Warrior: Tiny version & British God version

This is my take on similar photos posted and discussed by servetus on Me + Armitage and by many all over tumblr this week.

Richard Armitage appeared on a Rise Up Christchurch benefit television program (supporting New Zealanders as they recover from the recent earthquake) in his Thorin dwarf prototype test beard and hat. It’s our first glimpse of him getting into character on The Hobbit set.

Screencap of Richard Armitage in early makeup/costume tests for "The Hobbit" (courtesy of: http://thorntonmakesmyrealityaletdown.tumblr.com

Bwahaha at thortonmakesmyrealityaletdown tumblr’s response:well I’m turned on.

Sex(y) dwarf? I always found Soft Cell’s song “Sex Dwarf” amusing.

But this appearance has been upstaged. Shot during the filming of the final RA episode of Spooks, this astonishing photo has been burning up the Internet.

Richard Armitage as the epitome of masculinity (courtesy of: http://recycledvinyl.tumblr.com/post/5758920497)

Look forward, look forward at me. Fierce.

servetus at Me + Armitage is doing a thorough analysis of this image.

A more detached look at the picture: this is John Bateman, not the tender, sympathetic Lucas North alter ego of seasons past – this is the murdering terrorist that I have no sympathy for and would totally snitch out to Sir Harry Pearce.

DIGRESSION

  1. Blargh – the writers did the character and RA a disservice with this late revelation. Kind of like the Season 4 ending of La Femme Nikita (SPOILER) when it is revealed that Nikita was a spy for Center and fans became upset since it invalidated Nikita’s journey through Section One after Season 1. And also because it was a stunning revelation for fans who loved Michael and Nikita’s relationship and wanted to believe in her love for him and wanted that moment of freedom for them to be together.
  2. See the unforgettable Season 4 “finale” scene here—with one of Roy Dupuis‘ brilliant improvisational gestures.
  3. Due to the intensity of the fans’ campaign against the ending, the USA network greenlit a final eight episodes and the series ended on a much more satisfying (and romantic) note, albeit a bittersweet one. See the Season 5 for-real finale scenes here. An amazing gift to the fans by the LFN cast, crew, and the USA network.

But back to RA. I’m trying to think of a good song to accompany this arresting picture for when it shows up in fanvids. I was recently blown away by Glee’s Heather Morris’s dance moves in this Esquire video. Especially the “Heart Attack” by Raphael Saadiq number.

Heart attack indeed. Well I’m turned on.

But what are the female song equivalents for asserting a sexual gaze towards a man? Certainly P.J. Harvey‘s “This is Love” qualifies:

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