Speculation: Armitage and the Captain American Premiere

The Captain America premiere will be streaming live via AP and Marvel today.

Wondering about Richard Armitage. . .

A. The Wardrobe: I hope he gets the Tom Ford treatment.

B. The Date—?

C. The Red-Carpet Interviews: Any revealing questions? Although red carpet events may seem rather unpleasant to RA and he may seem shy, he doesn’t hold back on providing some deliciously candid answers to event reporters.

At the 2009 BAFTAs, an interviewer asked him what onscreen kiss would he like to do to have on YouTube, and he responded, “I would probably like to kiss Nigella Lawson after she’s eaten a chunk of chocolate cake.”

Then he bashfully smiles and there’s an abrupt cut away. (video on RA Frenzy)


Domestic goddess + RA + a taste of chocolate = RA red carpet gold

Such a modest man, but such aphrodisiacal thoughts. Ooh la la.

D. The After Party: Will there be reporting of the elusive Armitage dance moves? From this interview: “I get off on the euphoria, so I’m always the first on the dance floor.” You know this Hollywood after party will be raging with DJs.

E. The After-After Party—

Will there be:

i) LA clubbing—RA mentions clubbing in Paris in one of his fan messages. I think Europeans tend to club farther into middle age than Americans.

ii) Karaokean RA pastime. There are tons of late-night karaoke joints in LA.

One wonders what is RA’s “go-to” karaoke song. With RA’s lovely baritone voice, I can’t help but think of another famous English baritone—Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode. I bloody love Depeche Mode, and I think that Strangelove” and “It’s No Good” would serve as perfect soundtracks for RA fanvideos, especially ones about Guy of Gisborne (from “Strangelove”: “I give in/to sin/because you have to make this life livable”).

iii) In-N-Out Burger—because it’s the traditional red-carpet nightcap in LA.

Armitage Speculation & Notable Music Video Cameos from WB Actors, Villains, and Hobbits

After a week of driving around in a city that is in full party mode, I came across the (sort of) new Ke$ha song “Blow.” The video features a face-off involving unicorns, rainbow laser beams, and James Van der Beek as “the video guy.”

With this video, Van der Beek follows in the footsteps of his fellow WB stars David Boreanaz—the video guy in Dido’s White Flag”—and Sarah Michelle Gellar—the video girl in Stone Temple Pilot’s “Sour Girl.”

While his Dawson’s Creek co-stars have found steady work and power couple mates, Van der Beek has stayed out of the couple limelight and has had a modest post-DC career. He has gained pop culture notoriety for his viral crying Dawson gif and recently capitalized on the attention with his self-deprecating Funny or Die videos.

After reading about Richard Armitage as an adman on servetus’ blog, I wondered if Armitage would ever cameo as “the video guy.” He does have an extensive dance background. It would be lovely if he followed in the music video footsteps of Alan Rickman and did the tango, which was Armitage’s best dance in school.

Speaking of other actors who gravitate towards “villain” roles, Christopher Walken had one of his most memorable performances in the Fatboy Slim video “Weapon of Choice” where he showed off his Broadway dance moves. Like Armitage, Walken started his training in musical theater before moving into dramatic performance.

Another “villain” actor, Jeremy Irons, didn’t shy away from music videos and appeared as one of several naked men in Elastica’s “Connection” video.

But what artist would appeal to Armitage? A UK group, most definitely. Or perhaps a low-key European singer like Charlotte Gainsbourg (who is also an actress).

Sophie Ellis-Bextor would be a striking video companion, but I do not think her music would entice Armitage. She is also too high-profile.

Ditto for Madonna. I think Armitage would be quite appealing to Madonna: he is ridiculously attractive and talented and has a rising fame curve. Actor Goran Višnjić memorably played chess with Madge in “The Power of Goodbye.”

Two Hobbits have done music videos: Dominic Monaghan starred in Eminem f. Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” video and a young Elijah Wood made his acting debut as a precocious businessman in Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” video.

An Armitage music video cameo could lead to dancing, possible indie cred, a climactic make-out scene, a continuation of the villain and Hobbit music video traditions, and many new fans with a burning desire to know—who’s that guy?

Oh the possibilities.

In the meantime, there are more than a few Armitage fanvideos, including this one featuring Ke$ha that I first saw on servetus’ blog.