King Richard Armitage Week: (Wrap-Up) Hooray!

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in an extended series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Although there are still more King Richard Armitage posts to come on other blogs, I wanted to do a wrap-up post for the past week. Cheers to all of the blog contributors and readers that participated in the event! You can find links for all of the talented and clever King Richard Armitage Week blog contributors here.

MyrL created an excellent YT video/audio compilation of Armitage’s mentions of the RIII project. It’s lovely to hear (and see!) his enthusiasm for the project and how the project has been progressively moving towards development.

darlingdarling blog KRA Week Notes

Richard III Project Slogan Poll

The winning slogan: “The Last Warrior King.”

Wonderful submissions:

– My kingdom’s worth a lot more than a horse. (Servetus)

– I fought for my people, not for my reputation. (CDoart)

My new idea:

– Better Than The Tudors.

Six Degrees of Richard III Actors + Armitage

Phylly3 and Carolyn impressed me by bringing more Richard III actors to the game: Ciaran Hinds, Kenneth Branagh, John Barrymore, Frederick Warde, and Sir Alec Guinness.

It is so satisfying to see that all of the RIII actors can be linked to Armitage, and often very quickly. He has worked with quite accomplished co-stars. Also, it is intriguing that two other RIII actors have also played Sir Guy in Robin Hood; Armitage has said that RIII is the Shakespearean character that reminds him most of Guy (although one imagines he has the real RIII in mind).

Creative Letters of Support

Inspired by Carolyn’s comment, I added a letter from Padmé Amidala to my planned post. Carolyn submitted a delightful letter from the Vicar of Dibley and I added a letter from Galadriel. This post was the most fun and I loved seeing how RA’s past characters related to the RIII project in their shared interests, struggles, and love for a reluctant (at first!) woman.

Leading Ladies for RIII

This was an added post. If there’s an RA project, I’m most interested in the love story because he does “in love” so beautifully.

An additional thought: Natalie Dormer starred as Anne Boleyn in the The Tudors TV series, so it is unlikely that she would be cast as Lady Anne in a Richard III project. But who knows? The two look stunning onscreen in these passionate Guy + Anne crossover fandom videos created by summersparkle2 that I posted earlier this summer.

Looking Ahead

The King Richard Armitage website will be updated with new content as blog contributions come in and new ideas arise. CDoart has great plans, so do keep checking the site for her updates. BIG cheers and thanks to CDoart for her terrific interviews, tremendous web management, correspondence, organization, and infectious enthusiasm for delivering King Richard Armitage Week. An amazing job!

One day, I hope that RA is able to create (and star in) the RIII project and make it everything he wants it to be. It would be very special indeed.

King Richard Armitage Week: Leading Ladies and That Proposal Scene

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in an extended series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

We have extended KRA Week since we still have more posts coming from blog contributors. It’s a super-sized week! 

Servetus has another terrific post, this one focuses on the Richard III + Lady Anne relationship. I was also curious about the romantic possibilities for their courtship and proposal scenes in the RIII project, which would be a welcome shift from the sinister seduction of the Shakespearean version and would certainly not involve spitting.

Here is a quick summary of the historical romance: Anne Neville was the daughter of Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, who used Anne as a pawn to secure his own political power. At a young age, she was betrothed to RIII, but her father switched alliances and arranged for her to marry Edward of Westminster when she was 14. Then both her father and husband abruptly died and she had no allies since her brother-in-law (Richard’s brother) wanted to claim her part of the inheritance. RIII is said to have rescued her from this drama and the pair quickly married.

In Shakespeare’s play, Act 1 Scene 2 is the proposal scene. RIII woos Anne at the king’s funeral, telling her how he killed her husband and the king (her father-in-law) so that he could marry her. She becomes enthralled by his passion for her and implicit offer of protection and submits to becoming his wife.

Laurence Olivier + Claire Bloom

Laurence Olivier works his seductive charm in the worst haircut in the history of cinema, sending Bloom into a swoon. It almost seems romantic.

Kenneth Branagh + Stella Gonet, audio recording

Branagh goes for the crying and tender murmuring tactics. Gonet does the best job of showing Lady Anne’s rage.

Ian McKellen + Kristin Scott Thomas

McKellen does a commanding job of convincing Lady Anne and his energetic asides to the camera work well. Scott Thomas’ Lady Anne is beaten down and withdrawn in her consent. The least romantic proposal. The ring in the his mouth does not help.

Al Pacino + Winona Ryder (starts at 7:44), goes to Pt 4

Ryder seems a little lost here. Pacino hams it up. Yikes at the age difference. Very predatory. DON’T DO IT GIRL.

I mulled over possible actresses to play Anne (Servetus’ post also has an Anne actress poll), but was not coming up with many age-appropriate choices. One actress I did think about was the lovely and talented Claire Foy (b. 1984) from Little Dorrit since she was able to portray strength and vulnerability so movingly in that production. I also would like to see her do some quality work so that she doesn’t have to settle for being a witch in a Nicholas Cage movie.

Or perhaps Australian actress Abbie Cornish (b. 1982) who played one of Queen Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting in Elizabeth: The Golden Age and starred as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (the video below contains the ending scenes of BS).

King Richard Armitage Week: Creative Letter of Support from Galadriel

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit

From Galadriel, The Lady of Lórien, Middle-Earth

On behalf of the elves of Middle-Earth, I am writing to state our support for King Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, to lead the Richard III project.

With my gift of telepathy, I have seen into Thorin’s mind and found him to be a wise leader who rules with the best intentions for his kingdom. Although he has a weakness for gems, he is a loyal and brave warrior who would excel as commander of the English army, which is slightly easier to manage than a group of hungry dwarves. The Orcrist should serve him well in the War of the Roses.

I have foreseen the success of this project and its warm reception from Thorin’s army and the Richard III community. The choice is before you: to rise above Shakespeare and finance this project or to let it fall into darkness, thereby continuing to allow the words of a playwright to rule over the memory of a heroic English monarch.

I was once a Tudor queen, so I know firsthand of the political propaganda and sheer insanity that took place in the name of Tudor glory, besmirching Richard III’s legacy. As the mightiest elf of Middle-Earth, I now see the folly of man and want to illuminate the true story of Richard III for all to see.

Namárië.

Thorin from The Hobbit (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

King Richard Armitage Week: Richard III Actors + Armitage – Six Degrees of Separation Game

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Pop culture flashback: in the ’90s, the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon trivia game surfaced after Bacon stated that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood. The goal of the game is to link one actor to Kevin Bacon through film/television roles in six degrees or fewer, as quickly as possible.

As a challenge, let’s play Six Degrees of RIII Actors + Armitage, linking actors who have portrayed RIII with Armitage.

I threw in one RIII play performance since it is the most recent RIII performance and features an American film actor (Kevin Spacey).

Rules:

– An actor-role combination can only be used once (most difficult to resist: Hugo Weaving, Gemma Jones).

– Try not to use Armitage roles more than once.

– Upcoming (not yet released) movies are OK.

– Using imdb.com is permissible and encouraged.

Results:

  • 1. Ron Cook (The Tragedy of Richard III, 1983 TV movie) – Little Dorrit – 2. Tom Courtenay – Gambit – 3. Alan Rickman – Harry Potter – 4. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey – 5. Brendan Coyle – North and South – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Paul Daneman (An Age of Kings, 1960 TV series) – Robin Hood TV series (Daneman was Sir Guy!) – 2. Julian Glover (older Monet) – The Impressionists – 3. Richard Armitage! (younger Monet)
  • 1. Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, 1977 film) – The American President – 2. Annette Bening – Valmont – 3. Colin Firth – A Single Man – 4. Matthew Goode – Brideshead Revisited – 5. Hayley Atwell – Captain America – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Ian McKellan (Richard III, 1995 film) – The Hobbit – 2. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Laurence Olivier (Richard III, 1955 film) – Brideshead Revisited – 2. Anthony Andrews – The Scarlet Pimpernel – 3. Jane Seymour – Marple: Ordeal by Innocence – 4. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Al Pacino (Looking for Richard, 1996 documentary) – Heat – 2. Natalie Portman – Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace – 3. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Vincent Price (Tower of London, 1962 film) – Edward Scissorhands – 2. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd – 3. Alan Rickman – Sense and Sensibility – 4. Gemma Jones – Spooks – 5. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Basil Rathbone (Tower of London, 1939 film) (also played Sir Guy of Gisborne in 1938 film) – Queen of Blood – 2. Dennis Hopper – Speed – 3. Sandra Bullock – The Net – 4. Jeremy Northam – Possession – 5. Toby Stephens (also in Strike Back) – Robin Hood – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Kevin Spacey (Richard III, 2011 play) – The Men Who Stare At Goats – 2. Ewan McGregor – Trainspotting – 3. Ewen Bremner (also in Spooks) – Strike Back – 4. Richard Armitage!
Have a go at it—can you best me? 🙂
You can disregard my rules and see if you can come up with different RA connections using other roles.

Armitage: ready for battle? (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)