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?)

Captain America: Today!

For new visitors: do check out this fan-created Richard Armitage initiative and consider signing our petition. Thanks!

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.

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


Thoughts on Productivity: Going Ros Myers

Tick tock. . .as I stare down at my to-do lists, the multi-tasking pressure starts to build.

From what I have seen so far of Richard Armitage‘s work, I am finding that, after Daniela Denby-Ashe, Hermione Norris is my favorite female co-star for Richard.

Norris plays the ultra-confident Ros Myers in Spooks/MI-5. Ros epitomizes cool under pressure and ruthless efficiency; as the operative leader, she executes the given mission by any means necessary, possessing the physical prowess and mental agility to disarm and eliminate her opponents.

In sum, Ros is badass and I want to be Ros.

Despite her decision to not have a personal life, she is no automaton; she forms emotional bonds with her colleagues and dies refusing to abandon a man who is immobile. (YT link)

She also has a sly sense of humor, and I love her banter with (or at) Lucas.

  • Episode 7.2 : Ros burns Lucas, then Tasers him
  • Episode 7.4: Ros and Lucas work to disarm a bomb and kick up the sexual innuendo about  real vs. faking it (no YT link found unfortunately)
  • Episode 8.8:  (YT link) – Scene 1: Lucas and Ros discuss the remarkable usefulness of civets to produce perfume and flavor coffee beans. This is one of my favorite scenes. A polymath is a person who knows a lot about different subjects. Scene 2: Ros and Lucas discuss Sarah Caulfield’s getaway options of Barbados versus Bolivia.

(Props to Ros on servetus’ blog here. I also found a similar blog post on cheeky Ros/Lucas banter on the spooks fan blog here.)