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.

Captain America: Today!

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I’m on RA Captain America review media blackout until I see the film. Tick tock.

I do love this latest interview where he candidly shares the less pleasant side of the acting business—maddening television writers who completely alter his character’s back story before his exit (SPOOKS!), acting while trying not to drown (Spooks, Captain America)—and heavy lifting (The Hobbit).

He would also prefer to keep his shirt on, ahem.

“I want to be strong enough to cope with the roles, but I don’t want to be cast as the guy that takes his shirt off. I’m looking forward to getting fat and old so I don’t have to lift weights.”

Haha. Erm. He has done quite a lot of shirt removing. And action-based work. Both of which have required a lot of discipline in diet and fitness. Along with the awful writers and water torture, there’s been a lot for Armitage to endure. I can’t wait to see the slower, non-athletic side of Armitage post-Hobbit.

But back to the article. The headline quote was a terrible editorial choice: “I’m a bit mean. I don’t have a nice guy face.”

His actual quote in the article text:

“I suppose I’m a bit mean. My face on camera doesn’t lend itself to happy nice guys. I think it’s just that my bone structure looks menacing. I don’t smile that often.”

He has such a chameleonic face. While he certainly can have that burning look, when it melts away (à la North and South train station scene), it is stunning. He can do radiance as well as ferocity.

We will always be happy (Courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com)

 

I love the way this beloved open-collar Armitage shot is posted above yesterday’s open-collar Armitage shot.

There’s no need to remove the shirt, an undone button is enough.

Big Apple Armitage: New York City Captain America Screening

Yesterday, a Captain America film event took place at the Loews Lincoln Square Theaters in Manhattan.

It seems that this was an “advance screening” as opposed to a “premiere” event. If I still lived in New York City, I would have been crushed to have missed this under-the-radar public appearance.

None of the major American cast members were in attendance, but who needs Americans when you’ve got Armitage—open collar casual Armitage.

Courtesy of: richardarmitagenet.com

After flying in from Los Angeles, he must have been exhausted. But he still has that twinkle.

It’s very sweet how he stands off to the side in group pictures and when onstage with others so that he is not the center of attention. So courteous. (see photos at richardarmitagenet.com)

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!

Armitage On the Red Carpet at the Captain America Premiere

The beard has crossed the pond.

The beard looks good in a suit. Nice wide check tie: Burberry perhaps?

The beard with sunglasses.

The beard speaks!

The Marvel interviewer has done some Armitage research prep. And she pronounces his name correctly.

Classic. Apparently “shout-out” is an Americanism. Armitage is a good sport.