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 Geraldine Granger (submitted by Carolyn!)

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!

Geraldine Granger and Harry Kennedy from The Vicar of Dibley (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From Geraldine Granger, Dibley, England

On behalf of the entire village of Dibley, I would like to submit our endorsement and support from my very bosom for Richard Armitage and the Richard III project. From the very moment we met this handsome stranger to our village, he literally swept us off our feet. We can vouch that he is a very educated man and reads lots of books. And while he is not particularly one for the Bible, I find he is a man of good conscience. While aroused by the appearance of my white collar, he says that “God is watching and he’s bigger than me.” Yes, he believes in a higher power! And he also is a man of loyalty, which is also Richard III’s motto. He promised me that “I will love you whatever your name is” and I believe he always will.

I know that before I met him, I thought he was just another townie bastard and I so wanted to loathe him and everything that he stands for, but I firmly believe that if you have the opportunity to meet him that you will find him more tempting and lovely than a box of the finest chocolates.

For me, it is Richard and just Richard for Richard III.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Geraldine Julie Andrews Dick Van Dyke Supercalafragelisticexpealidocious Chim Chiminey Chim Chiminey Chim Chim Cherree Granger, The Vicar of Dibley

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Bravo to Carolyn!

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: Creative Letters of Support from Queen Amidala, John Thornton, Ros Myers, Lady Marian, and Alexandra Porter

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!

Queen Amidala from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace (courtesy of: natalieportman.com)

From Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo, Senator of The Chommell Sector

I am writing this letter to offer my recommendation for Uncredited Bravo Pilot #22 to fill the role of King Richard III in a non-Shakespearean adaptation.

The force is strong in this one.

I am qualified to give this assessment since my husband is the most powerful Jedi in this far, far away galaxy. (Also, I was in a Tudor film and it was not very good, so I look forward to a smart approach to a Plantagenet era project.)

I would also add that I agree with citizen Carolyn that Bravo Pilot #22 is the hottest Naboo Starfighter pilot in the galaxy. Such exceptional good looks and military prowess would be invaluable assets in tackling the Richard III project and attracting a broad audience.

P.S. My handmaiden Sabé would like to add something.

Dear Bravo Pilot #22,

I support your project. But please note that I am not Natalie Portman.

Cheers,
Sabé

John Thornton from North and South (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From John Thornton, Milton, England

I offer my whole-hearted endorsement of the Richard III project. The north has experienced tremendous industrial growth in the past half-century and owes a great debt to Richard III who established the infrastructure for economic development in our part of the country. His legacy has led to more opportunities for people to enter and rise within the working classes of society. The growth in the number of businesses has led to rapid progress in machinery and manufacturing and Milton’s trade is rapidly becoming known throughout England and beyond—and we owe it all to King Richard for his transformative achievements which have allowed us to thrive. As Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a lovely wife and two little ones to get home to.

Lucas North and Ros Myers in Spooks (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From Ros Myers, Thames House, London, England

I offer my unconditional support for the Richard III project. I have reviewed the execution strategy and found it thoroughly sound and question why this project remains unfunded. Dear Minister of the BBC: there is no need for another bloody Shakespearean Richard III adaptation.

Given his skills in negotiation and combat in addition to his loyalty and service to crown and country, I am confident that Lucas North is the best candidate to manage this project. I look forward to seeing what the final product will be—I love a good intrigue.

Lady Marian and Sir Guy from Robin Hood 2.10 (courtesy of richardarmitagenet.com)

From Lady Marian, somewhere in Sherwood Forest, England

Please fund Sir Guy of Gisborne’s Richard III project. Guy has fought for King Richard I in the Crusades and has shown his loyalty to the crown. I know how much he admires Richard III and seeks to follow his example. As you are well aware, Guy has great ambitions and this project would allow him to fulfill his dreams and free him from the command of the Sheriff. Although he may seem cold and difficult, I know that he has a good heart and he should be given the chance to prove himself capable of taking on this challenge.

I do admit that I would also like to see him leave Nottingham so that he may come across new female company. Although I cannot express it to Guy, my heart belongs to Robin Hood. Now I must go and see what my mischievous man is up to.

P.S. Sorry for the delayed response: the wifi signal in the forest is not very good despite Much’s repeated efforts.

John Porter embracing his daughter Alexandra from Strike Back 1.2 (courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

From Alexandra Porter, suburbia, England

My dad would be a great leader for a Richard III project. He’s seen combat—he’s always away—and he is an amazing person. He fights to help others and make things right. He’s so smart and never gives up, so I know that he will succeed in whatever he does. I am proud that he is my dad.

But the main reason I want this project to happen is that it would be fantastic to have him back in England for a long time. Since my mum’s passing, I’ve really missed my dad.

It would also be wicked to see my dad get involved in some period battle work. I’d love to play a soldier!

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So now is your turn: in the comments, post your take on these letters or come up with new character letters. What would Gandalf say? Or the Sheriff? (an “anti” letter, perhaps?)