Armitage Speculation & Notable Music Video Cameos from WB Actors, Villains, and Hobbits

After a week of driving around in a city that is in full party mode, I came across the (sort of) new Ke$ha song “Blow.” The video features a face-off involving unicorns, rainbow laser beams, and James Van der Beek as “the video guy.”

With this video, Van der Beek follows in the footsteps of his fellow WB stars David Boreanaz—the video guy in Dido’s White Flag”—and Sarah Michelle Gellar—the video girl in Stone Temple Pilot’s “Sour Girl.”

While his Dawson’s Creek co-stars have found steady work and power couple mates, Van der Beek has stayed out of the couple limelight and has had a modest post-DC career. He has gained pop culture notoriety for his viral crying Dawson gif and recently capitalized on the attention with his self-deprecating Funny or Die videos.

After reading about Richard Armitage as an adman on servetus’ blog, I wondered if Armitage would ever cameo as “the video guy.” He does have an extensive dance background. It would be lovely if he followed in the music video footsteps of Alan Rickman and did the tango, which was Armitage’s best dance in school.

Speaking of other actors who gravitate towards “villain” roles, Christopher Walken had one of his most memorable performances in the Fatboy Slim video “Weapon of Choice” where he showed off his Broadway dance moves. Like Armitage, Walken started his training in musical theater before moving into dramatic performance.

Another “villain” actor, Jeremy Irons, didn’t shy away from music videos and appeared as one of several naked men in Elastica’s “Connection” video.

But what artist would appeal to Armitage? A UK group, most definitely. Or perhaps a low-key European singer like Charlotte Gainsbourg (who is also an actress).

Sophie Ellis-Bextor would be a striking video companion, but I do not think her music would entice Armitage. She is also too high-profile.

Ditto for Madonna. I think Armitage would be quite appealing to Madonna: he is ridiculously attractive and talented and has a rising fame curve. Actor Goran Višnjić memorably played chess with Madge in “The Power of Goodbye.”

Two Hobbits have done music videos: Dominic Monaghan starred in Eminem f. Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” video and a young Elijah Wood made his acting debut as a precocious businessman in Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” video.

An Armitage music video cameo could lead to dancing, possible indie cred, a climactic make-out scene, a continuation of the villain and Hobbit music video traditions, and many new fans with a burning desire to know—who’s that guy?

Oh the possibilities.

In the meantime, there are more than a few Armitage fanvideos, including this one featuring Ke$ha that I first saw on servetus’ blog.

Straight to the Heart: My Aim Is True

Last year, I went to the New York Renaissance Faire. It is in a spectacular verdant setting, but there’s really nothing to do except buy a fairy circlet or Robin Hood hat, eat turkey legs, and drink mead.

The highlight was the archery—even though you didn’t get any prizes for it. Nevertheless, I spent about ten bucks shooting arrows into the target. It’s much more fun than darts. Back in the day, I got to experience a sort of medieval training at a Girl Scout camp in the Malibu hills, where we did archery, riflery, fencing, horseback riding, and cleaned up after animals.

“Arrow” by Tegan and Sara


Emma, Gwyneth Paltrow version, archery scene at 1:10 – gorgeous lighting


The top 5 Legolas fight scenes (YT link) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Richard Armitage gets his cupid on: Hood Academy training screencap (courtesy of:


The Hood Academy DVD feature of Robin Hood season 1 shows the actors’ archery training which evidently became quite competitive. Richard Armitage bemusedly remarked how the best archers were not the tallest [wink]. Perhaps that’s why Guy of Gisborne likes stabbing.


I stumbled upon Marina Abramovic‘s incredible performance art retrospective (and interactive performance art piece “Sitting with Marina”) at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. This “Rest Energy” piece caught my eye and has lingered in my mind. Marina and her collaborator Ulay are holding the bow and arrow directed towards Marina’s heart. Their heartbeats and breathing patterns are recorded on the audio.


Last month, dd favorite Sophie Ellis-Bextor finally released her latest album Make A Scene. Originally, it was called Straight to the Heart, a title I much prefer. The song itself is terrific.

Here’s To You, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The amazing British pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is making her first ever U.S. appearance for Gay Pride in New York City this weekend – and I can’t make it! Party foul.

Ever since I heard her seductive vocals in DJ Spiller’s heavenly Italo-disco dance song Groovejet (“If this ain’t love/Why does it feel so good”) in England in 2001, I’ve been a fan.

The arch accent, her coquettish 60s glamour, and her amazing voice — she’s fabulous! With Lady Gaga ruling the charts, this could be Sophie’s chance to break through in the States! Embrace dance music America! Her fourth album, Straight to the Heart, drops in the UK on August 2.

Here’s Sophie doing her best Madame X impersonation (a la the John Singer Sargent painting) in the Take Me Home video. . .key lyric: “You deserve a girl like me”:

A storming recent track with DJ Junior Caldera, Just Can’t Fight This Feeling.

The first single off Straight to the Heart is Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) featuring Freemasons.

And Here’s To You showcases her versatility in a stripped-down guitar number.