Even If It Was Not Love: Guy After Marian’s Death

[Tick tock.]

I still haven’t seen Captain America yet.

Armitage speculation: I’m wondering if he dies in CA since it’s mandatory for minor comic book villains. And that submarine situation does not look safe.

It seems like there are so many Armitage deaths.

I previously blogged about this delicious Armitage + Rihanna video and when I went back to look through mccpepper’s other videos, I found this devastating Guy of Gisborne video featuring the song “Pieces” by the band Red.

I love the song’s slow build: first the piano, then strings, then the guitar with the singer as the memories of Marian begin to play.

The song’s repeated line of “Then I see your face/I know I’m finally yours” is so crushing when applied to the Guy + Marian narrative because we know that the silent beloved is not in love with the speaker. And how enduring Guy’s devotion was, until the very end.

As a tonic, here’s a sassy Guy moment that makes me crack up (courtesy of rococostyle tumblr). Take that, Marian.

And there’s always the Rihanna video.

Oh Yeah: Armitage In Tom Ford and Similarities to Colin Firth, Plus Armitage + HeathRA Encounter

Armitage fashion speculation became reality: Armitage wore a Tom Ford suit for the Captain America premiere.

Courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com

Well done. Another sign that he is walking the Colin Firth path.

Armitage vs. Firth Similarities:

A. Gains legions of fans in a BBC period drama miniseries in the role of a misunderstood, darkly handsome suitor to a headstrong young woman (North and South vs. Pride and Prejudice)

B. Stars in a Minghella-related project where his character is in love with a woman who desires the leading man (Robin Hood vs. The English Patient)

C. Stars in a Richard Curtis romantic comedy as a man from London who falls in love with a woman in the country (The Vicar of Dibley vs. Love Actually)

D. Has the leading role of a king facing a great impediment (dragon vs. stutter) in a major ensemble film surrounded by distinguished British and Australian actors (The Hobbit vs. The King’s Speech)

All signs point to an Oscar!

Do enjoy this heart-stopping photo of Armitage at the CA premiere shared by HeathRA, who was able to meet Armitage. (richardarmitagenet.com will be posting more of her photos soon.)

She manages one of my favorite YouTube channels (HeathDances); she creates and shares a plethora of RA videos, including the delicious “SexyBack” compilations.

I first discovered her work through this beautiful Pride and Prejudice film video a few years ago. If only I had clicked to see why she was making all of those Richard Armitage videos. . .

ADDED NOTE: heathravideos Twitter feed with picture links and delicious details on meeting Armitage.

Just remembered: she made him the Guy of Gisborne Havoc Tour shirt! And he still has it! Aww, this is the best fan meeting EVER.

The Havoc Tour shirt design on her website. Brilliant!

Fast-Acting Armitage Effect and Two Upcoming BBC “Great Expectations” Projects

My favorite episode of Robin Hood Season 3 is “A Dangerous Deal” (YT link) where Guy encounters a young woman named Meg in the dungeon.

Once her disdain gives way to sympathy due to some fast-acting Armitage effect, Meg falls in love with Guy and rescues him from imprisonment and death. In turn, she reminds him of what he thought Marian once was: the one person who cared whether he lived or died.

Mortally wounded in the chaos of their escape, Meg dies in Guy’s arms on a misty riverside bank. Before she dies, he acquiesces to her last request and gives her a chaste kiss. What a way to go.

The actress who plays Meg, Holliday Grainger, had played Armitage’s stepdaughter in Sparkhouse.

Grainger has recently been cast as Estella in the upcoming BBC Films adaptation of Great Expectations, which Mike Newell will direct. Relatively unknown actor Jeremy Irvine will be PipRalph Fiennes will be Magwitch, and Helena Bonham-Carter will continue her witchy ways as Miss Havisham.

Today, Variety announced that, oddly enough, there will also be a BBC television production of Great Expectations with Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham. PBS has scheduled this Masterpiece release for April 2012 for U.S. audiences. No word yet on Estella or Pip casting.

I am fond of the gorgeously green Alfonso Cuaron adaptation from the ’90s, despite the unconvincingly contemporization of the story and overwrought acting. I love the look of the film. Cuaron attired the actors in various shades of green and used the lush environment of Florida to create an otherworldly setting for the story. It’s no wonder that Cuaron directed the most “magical” Harry Potter film in the series—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (Coincidentally, Newell directed the next Harry Potter film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.)

In Cuaron’s version of Great Expectations, Finn (aka Pip) is a blue-collar fisherman and amateur artist who comes to New York due to the patronage of a mysterious benefactor. For Finn’s work, Italian painter Francesco Clemente created original art for the film. His striking portraits of the characters are the centerpiece of Finn’s art show.

The film soundtrack features the enchanting song “Life in Mono” by Mono, “Siren,” an original track by Tori Amos, and a beautiful score by Patrick Doyle.

The “Kissing in the Rain” scene is the highlight of the film, particularly because of Doyle’s music (the track shows up in many YT kissing fanvideos). I can’t find it on YT in English, but all you need to know is that Estella leaves a black-tie gala event and Finn chases after her and interrupts her dinner date by asking her to dance.

Note the green elements: the carpet at the gala venue, the columns, the tea lights in the restaurant, the attire of the other customers.

By My Sword: Armitage on Marian’s Death

From a Richard Armitage interview in the “Farewell to Marian” featurette, Robin Hood, Season 2 DVD extras (note: Netflix doesn’t stream bonus features)

– on unmasking the Night Watchman

I can’t believe that Guy never realized (laugh) that Marian wasn’t the Night Watchman or some female person wasn’t the Night Watchman.

– on killing Marian

It was probably one of the most difficult scenes for me because I didn’t really sleep for a couple of nights before shooting it and Lucy [Griffiths] and I had endless conversations because there was so much that they needed to say to each other and [Dominic Minghella] had deliberately not written it.

. . .Because from my point of view, in order to do that to somebody, it has to come out of a moment which isn’t rational.

. . .I don’t think he intended to put a sword through her stomach. I think he grabbed her in a clinch—which is probably the closest they’ve ever come—and the fact that he had a sword in his hand meant that the sword went through her stomach. I don’t think he thought that in that moment: “I’m going to kill you .” I don’t think he intended to kill her at all.

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I love how Armitage doesn’t assign malicious intent to the characters he portrays (see his Total Film remarks on playing Nazi Heinz Kruger in Captain America). He wants to explore how overwhelming emotion leads to instinctual reactions in a given situation.

Armitage’s staggering devastation and Griffiths’s swaggering confidence made that final confrontation scene great.

I wish Griffths had given Marian a little more of that type of energy throughout the series.