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!

British Film Watch: Carey Mulligan Goes Audrey in “My Fair Lady”

The iconic face of darlingdarling blog belongs to Audrey Hepburn, for her radiance, humor, compassion, and style.

Critics heralded Carey Mulligan as the new Audrey for her breakthrough role as a young English schoolgirl in An Education. Mulligan made her film debut as Kitty Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, as the younger sister of Keira Knightley‘s Elizabeth. Mulligan and Knightley re-teamed in the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s novel Never Let Me Go.

A new film adaptation of My Fair Lady has been in the works for some time. In 1956, Julie Andrews originated the role on Broadway, but Hepburn was given the film role. Frustratingly, Hepburn’s singing voice was dubbed in the final film version. Andrews’ film debut in Mary Poppins was a smash success and she won the Best Actress Oscar over Hepburn.

Knightley has been attached to the new adaptation for several years, but it was recently confirmed that Mulligan will star as Eliza Doolittle. Her An Education co-star Emma Thompson will adapt the script (fun fact: Thompson also wrote dialogue for Pride and Prejudice). The uproarious late-night host Craig Ferguson will also star in the film.

No word yet on who will play Henry Higgins or Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Even though there is no dancing for Freddy, I can’t help but think of Richard Armitage in the role because he has proven himself to be an excellent suitor and looks damn good in a cravat.

 

But only if his pipes are up to it. Two words: Mamma Mia.

 

Hand-to-Hand: Period Drama and Spy Action

So there’s this moment in Spooks where Lucas North (Richard Armitage) poses as a bike messenger and takes off his glove with his teeth—an homage to a similar move RA does as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood. The latter scene is clipped in the below video which also has a recap of the first hand-to-hand contact between RA and Daniela Denby-Ashe in North and South and between Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice.

And since Spooks reminds me so much of (the superior spy series) La Femme Nikita, here is a link to the killer “hand dance” clip between Roy Dupuis and Peta Wilson (I love that it was Dupuis’s idea).

Spooks Season 8: Not So Stealth

I’m making my way through Spooks seasons 7 to 9 (each season is only 8 episodes) since they are the Richard Armitage years.

Of note: Seasons 1 and 2 starred Matthew Macfadyen (who played Mr. Darcy in the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice) and Keeley Hawes – the two eventually married in real life (and Hawes would portray Armitage’s sister in The Vicar of Dibley). Seasons 3 to 6 starred Rupert Penry-Jones (who would go on to play Captain Wentworth in a BBC adaptation of Persuasion). These period men make such good spies—oh the repression!

Season 8 featured an awful love match between the American character of Sarah Caulfield (the actress who played her is Irish) and Lucas North (Armitage). I have a fondness for the below video because of the total John Thornton look of Armitage from 0:52 to 1:07—I think Lucas is distracted and thinking of Margaret Hale and is wondering when this valentine op mission will be over with.

And I love how his name is Lucas “North.”