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?)

Deja Vu: References to Richard Armitage as Actor

In Robin Hood and Spooks, there are several references to Richard Armitage’s characters in other productions.

In Robin Hood, there are several characters named Thornton, the last name of Armitage‘s character in North and South.

In Season 1, Thornton is the name of one of Robin Hood‘s servants.

In Season 3, Squire Thornton is the husband of Guy of Gisborne‘s sister Isabella.

When Guy “saves” Marian from being tied in a tree, he quotes the last line from North and South: “You’re coming home with me.”

In Spooks, Lucas North is his character’s name.

Lucas does the “glove move” à la Guy.

In episode 9.6, an American hacker alludes to Armitage’s big-screen role in “The Hobbit” (“making a pit stop in Hobbit country”).

 

In his last episode, Lucas arranges a rendezvous point with MI-5 on Thorndon Road in greater London.

A “Northern Lad”: Tori Amos and Richard Armitage

While watching North and South, I kept hearing the song “Northern Lad” by Tori Amos when John Thornton showed up (Had a Northern lad. . .well not exactly had). Then I started watching Spooks and the same thing happened when Lucas of North showed up.

Like Armitage, Amos was born on August 22 (We’re a birthday trifecta!). When she lives in England, she’s a southwestern girl and resides in Cornwall.

As a child, Amos was a piano prodigy and won a full scholarship to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her breakthrough song was “Silent All These Years” and she has been Grammy-nominated five times for “Best Alternative Music Album.” She has a dedicated following of fans and I never pass up an opportunity to see her in concert; her ability to transform her songs into electrically emotional and sensual performance is mesmerizing. The setlist changes every night and her song selection spans the entirety of her career, including rarities and covers.

From Amos’s fourth album From the Choirgirl Hotel, “Northern Lad” is rumored to be about Amos’s English husband Mark and its baking imagery suggests that it is part of a sequence of songs including “Baker Baker” from Under the Pink and “Cooling” from the Boys for Pele era.

“Cooling” is one of my favorite Amos songs.

Favorite lyrics:

and I heard every word
that you have said
and I know I have been
driven like the snow

but this is cooling
faster than I can
hey…
faster than I can
cooling
this is cooling
this is cooling

Entire lyrics:

baker baker baking a cake
make me a day
make me whole again
and I wonder what’s in a day
what’s in your cake this time

I guess you heard he’s gone to L.A.
he says that behind my eyes I’m hiding
and he tells me I pushed him away
that my heart’s been hard to find

here
there must be something here
there must be something here
here

baker baker can you explain
if truly his heart was made of icing
and I wonder how mine could taste
maybe we could change his mind

 I know you’re late for your next parade
you came to make sure that I’m not running
well I ran from him in all kinds of ways
guess it was his turn this time

time
thought I’d make friends with time
thought we’d be flying
maybe not this time

baker baker baking a cake
make me a day
make me whole again
and I wonder if he’s ok
if you see him say hi

Favorite lyrics:

had a northern lad
well not exactly had
he moved like the sunset
god who painted that
first he loved my accent
how his knees could bend
I thought we’d be ok
me and my molasses
but I feel something is wrong
but I feel this cake just isn’t done
don’t say that you don’t
and if you could see me now
said if you could see me now
girls you’ve got to know
when it’s time to turn the page


More Armitage Tumblr Gold

From deeply diving into the FYRA tumblr archives:

SPOOKS

Hermione Norris and Richard Armitage dress the part in Russia off-camera. CUTE. (courtesy of: http://thechantshavecycled.tumblr.com/post/813088121)

ROBIN HOOD

Hilarious Guy of Gisborne take on the Old Spice commercials.

Lucy Griffiths totally has a crush on Richard—check out cheeky commentary transcript here.

NORTH AND SOUTH

Ooh la la in North and South. (courtesy of: http://escapethenest.tumblr.com/post/3093362112)

Stunning photos of RA.

Interview with these key quotes:

Interviewer: . . .Your aquiline profile helps.

That’s a euphemism for “big nose”!

Interviewer: You’re the one with the internet fan ring called the Armitage Army. Does that please you?

It fills me with confidence to know that if I ever have to go to war, I have an army of women behind me.

Interviewer: Put a handsome bloke in a period costume and his popularity rating goes off the scale. What’s that about?

Suppression. Not being able to touch someone, or say what you feel, because it’s inappropriate. It tightens the sexual tension. You want to metaphorically rip off their corset!

Metaphorically—yeah right, John Thornton.

The Richard Armitage Effect

Oh yes: caps from the final scene in "North and South" (courtesy of http://claennis.tumblr.com/)

If you find any pleasure in period drama, you must see North & South (also available on Netflix streaming!). And then watch the extended proposal scene.

I am assuming that you are now stunned by the passion and beauty of that final proposal scene. And need some more Richard Armitage.

Do watch select Robin Hood clips featuring RA in black leather and eyeliner scowling after Maid Marian and repeatedly proposing to her (Netflix streaming! also on YouTube). This show is pretty cheesy and Robin Hood and Marian look incredibly underage compared to RA. But RA plays Guy with such nuance and conviction that it is worth checking out.

And then watch Spooks (seasons 7-9) featuring RA as a spy in constant danger and in awkward relationships with women who have unconvincing accents and limited facial expressions (Netflix streaming!). Check out this glorious Spooks fanvideo here.

And then watch all three Sexy Back videos.

And then giggle at RA tumblrs. Many RA tumblrs.

And then pore over this impressive blog that deconstructs RA’s work.

And then wait in anticipation for RA’s breakthrough film performance this year in Captain America (watch trailer) and updates on The Hobbit where he will play Thorin, king of the dwarves, making him destined for international glory and fame (see press conference remarks here).

His only other major film role was as a “bravo pilot” in one of the unfortunate Star Wars prequels. But Star Wars, Marvel, and Tolkien? That’s tapping in to some major geek fanbase.

More evidence that he is a gentleman: RA receives the Maori blessing of The Hobbit soundstage and eloquently speaks in Maori and English here.

The voice. The tortured look. The look of desire. The fierce look. The “hands on face” in moments of stress. The smirk. The awkward stance with hands in his pockets. The grace of his spy movements. The laugh. The nose.

Other impressive attributes: bow-and-arrow, sword fighting, cello, flute, dancing (!!)

And he is single.

Welcome to the Armitage Army.