Never have I seen a celebrity who care so much for his fans... (even though I don't like the word "fans" and the phenomena, really).
He doesn't really have to share anything with his fans... but he does. And that only adds to the view I've got of him... that qualify him for a place here - at the site of angels.
Less than an hour ago a new message from Richard Armitage was published. A message to his fans (and the rest of us) - (I will soon tell on another page here why I don't like the concept of "fans").
And that message can be read below:
Idag (22 aug. 2011) fyller Richard Armitage 40 år.
Fast, han blir väl aldrig en dag äldre än 26. ;)
Eftersom han är i Nya Zeeland (där filmandet av The Hobbit återupptas 5 september), så fyllde han ju faktiskt år 1 hel dag tidigare än vad han gjort om han varit hemma i England.
Och, just nu... här där jag sitter... så fyllde han ju då år "igår".
Hur som... så hoppas jag att boken nådde fram till födelsedagen.
Boken som Calexora samlade ihop bidrag till, såg till att få i tryck, och skickade till både United Artists i London (Richard's agent) och till Stone Street studios i Wellington, NZ, där han jobbar nu. (*the Hobbit*, sa jag ju)
Boken där jag bidrog... vilket var första gången i världshistorien, för mej... Men, så är ju inte Richard "vem som helst", heller.
I got this from livestream. It says that the red carpet premiere for Captain America in Los angeles is going to be tuesday july 19:th at 8:00 pm EDT. (when is that Swedish time? Does anyone know?)
And others say the red carpet premiere in Los angeles is going to be the 20:th.
One thing we do know is that Richard is attending it!
This young woman is one of those ordinary people who has just moved in to my heart.
She is so nice and cute and talented. And she has also showed me - thru her own blogging about her illness and her view of life - another way of dealing with a life threatening illness.
LIFE is life thretening - is something I've picked up from her.
I'm so grateful that she is a part of my life in the way that she is!
One day I hope she (since she's also a very talented photographer) will have a go with snapping pictures of me... where i actually look human... if not good... ;)
If you understand swedish, I'm sure you'll see what I mean when I say that she is just Wonderful! :)
Richard Armitage has made a voiceover on this.
If he did it while he's home (on the "winterbreak" - it is winter in NZ) from making of The Hobbit... could it be "sort of" the voice of Thorin Oakenshield we hear here? ;)
For several years, Richard Armitage, the famous British actor and star of “North and South,” “Robin Hood,” “Spooks,” “Strike Back,” and the upcoming “The Hobbit” films has been seeking financing to make a film or television series exploring a more historically accurate portrayal of King Richard III of England.
Please support Richard Armitage’s effort by signing this petition and encouraging potential financiers and production investors to support the “Richard III” project.
I signed the petition earlier today - the moment I found it thru CDoart.
I truly hope and wish for this longheld dream of Richard's to come true! And if there's anything I can do to help his dreams to come true I'll do it !!!
If I had the financial ability I'd be happy to personally invest in this - since I really believe in him and in his Richard III.
I KNOW it's a WINNER!
Richard Armitage will be 25 (again!) Aug. 22 2011... when there will be 40 years since this world was blessed with his birth.
Well first of all his mom and dad was blessed by his birth offcourse... and his older brother...
But above all that personal... this world...
Anyways... Calexora are gathering all of us who wish to participate in a joined gift for him.
So, go to her blog and read all about it!
The day of week people are born can tell how they will turn out.
Or...? Is it true...?
See for yourself:
MÅNDAGSBARN är en ögonfröjd och är snällt och rart. Den som är född på en måndag, är oftast svärmiskt lagd, och har ett sinne för poesi, är mild, vänlig, godhjärtad och hänsynsfull.
TISDAGSBARN är älskvärd och gör allt med fart. Den som är född på en tisdag, är vanligen stark och handlingskraftig, men är ofta krigisk och går anfallsvis tillväga
ONSDAGSBARN får lida ont, men kärt besvär. Den som är född på en onsdag, har i regel snabb uppfattningsförmåga, är intelligent och läraktig, men kan också vara ganska självsvåldig. (Helena Bergström was born on a wednesday)
TORSDAGSBARN sliter tungt, och gör fin karriär. Den som är född på en torsdag, är gärna energisk och snabb i vändningarna, men kan ofta förivra sig och handla oöverlagt. (I was born on a thursday)
FREDAGSBARN är god och givmild och gör gärna gott. Den som är född på en fredag, är kärleksfull och trofast. De förstår att skapa ett lyckligt hem och har i regel tur med kärlek. (Jason Connery was born on a friday)
LÖRDAGSBARN får arbeta för födan och slita hårt. Den som är född på en lördag, har sällan tur med kärlek. De har vanligen lycka med sig i handel och penningaffärer.
SÖNDAGSBARN är sött och snällt, har det alltid bra och får det mesta de vill ha. Det har alltid ansetts för lyckligt att vara född på en söndag. De kan se in i framtiden, nästan allting lyckas för dem och de har en livlig fantasi. (Richard Armitage was born on a sunday)
What definds "Good looking"?
At some rare moments I can see a video or photo of myself and think "Well, I'm not exactly ugly.... all the time..." But to look at myself and say "I'm good looking!" happens once or twice every decade, or something.
The same goes for (other) celebrities really.
Everybody looks bad on photo sometimes.
And everybody look "average" most of the time.
The beauti definds by the eyes of the observer.
And by the heart of the same.
Someone "good looking" in "my book" could be considered "ugly" in yours.
(noone is really ugly though... We're all beautiful miracles)
But here are some pics of what my eyes and my heart find good looking...:
Guy of Gisborne (Robin Hood)
Guy of gisborne (Robin Hood)
Guy of gisborne (Robin Hood) / Lucas North (Spooks)
The sexy 39-year-old star of Spooks and Sky One’s Strike Back on growing into his looks/nose, why he’s more ‘new man’ than macho soldier, and looking for that perfect food-loving woman
You’re the go-to guy for brooding heroes. Do you like being seen as a sex symbol?
Richard Armitage: It’s quite funny – no, it’s hilarious to be considered a sex symbol. In school I was a beanpole with a nose I hadn’t grown into. Being thought of as sexy makes one employable, but it’s not going to last forever, so I try not to think about it. It’s like something that exists outside of me.
You certainly look hot in the dark blue suit you’ve put on for this interview…
RA: Thank you. It’s Dolce & Gabbana and the shirt is Prada, but the truth is, nearly all my other clothes are Lucas’s from Spooks. I can’t bear shopping. I can choose clothes for my characters, but not for myself. I’ve got no dress sense. Or I’ve lost it.
What appealed about your character John Porter in the Sky series Chris Ryan’s Strike Back?
RA: I thought, here’s a chance to have a crack at a man who’s not a bog-standard war hero. Porter is what Lucas wishes he could be – SAS men get to go all over the world and operate in deep cover, while in Spooks we only get to walk up The Mall and go onto a few London rooftops. Lucas would love to be shooting out of an aircraft.
Could you have been a soldier?
RA: Not a chance! I can work hard and be disciplined like a soldier, but I could never reach their level of fitness. I have a whole new appreciation of soldiers. I saw myself on screen and thought, ‘That body is so not hard enough to be a soldier.’
What sort of training did you do?
RA: I did mega-training with ex-military men. I’d be in the gym for two hours after a 12-hour day on Spooks, and it was so hardcore I’d throw up. I stuffed myself with food and drank protein shakes to bulk up. I used to be a dancer, but I had to strap my weak ankles every day and strengthen my wrists so I could hold a machine gun. My body just wasn’t up to it.
So you’re not a macho man…
RA: I’m probably more of a new man. I’m not particularly alpha. ‘Nourish and nurture’ are my watchwords as opposed to ‘search and destroy’. I kept asking myself why on earth have they asked me to play this character, rather than someone who’s really hard. But I suppose it’s because I bring something softer to the character.
You were filming in South Africa for five months. What was that like?
RA: We had a great time, although it was so hot it felt like you were in an oven. We filmed in a poor black township outside Pretoria that everybody told us was dangerous, but we’d often play football with the kids. Once we didn’t have anywhere to change and one of the locals said, ‘Come to my house.’ It was a tin shack, but it was spotlessly clean. You can’t believe it’s somebody’s home. It was so humbling.
What did you miss most about home?
RA: I didn’t miss anything. I was so in the character, I’d dream about him at night. Even I thought, ‘This is crazy, I’m too involved.’ I found it hard to call or Skype friends – it was almost as though I couldn’t get out of the character. I screwed up my social life a bit.
Speaking of which, how’s your love life?
RA: Unfortunately, my love life is nil. I’m not in a relationship any longer – I’m working too much – but I would like to settle down at some point. That’s probably why I’m going to LA soon, when I’m not tied down. I feel like if you don’t try LA, then people will think you’ve failed.
Do you want a family?
RA: Yes, I’d like a wife and family. I spend so much time with my brother’s little boy, Abe, who’s coming up to five, and he’s so hilarious. Playing a father in Strike Back has really resonated with me, although I can’t believe I’m starting to get cast with teenage daughters! I’m quite relieved I don’t have that responsibility in real life, but I look around and my fellow actors are having babies and I’m envious. One day, one day.
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But you’ll turn 40 next year. Isn’t about time you gave it some thought?
RA: Yes. That’s part of the problem, isn’t it, because I still feel like I’m 25 in my head. I always thought when I got to 40 it would be OK because I’d feel 40, but I don’t.
What type of girl would you go for?
RA: Someone a bit naughty. And who likes food – because I really do – and who doesn’t take life too seriously and has a sense of humour. I could never go out with another actor, I’d find that hard – the stresses of the job, they just pull people in different directions.
Your fans call themselves Armitage’s Army. What are they like?
RA: Over the years they’ve sent me presents and turned up at film sets, but lately I’ve kind of left them alone. I got a bit too involved and there’s an expectation from them that goes along with that.
Do you read about yourself on the internet?
RA: I decided this year not to read anything. It’s been very liberating. The problem with me is I read everything, but it’s only the bad stuff that stays with me. It’s weird, you only need to be told something once and it stays with you.
What’s next for Lucas in Spooks?
RA: I’m filming now and it’ll be a fantastic ninth series. Basically, Lucas isn’t who you think he is. It’s always been hovering there, whether or not he’s a double agent. We really miss Hermione (Norris, who played Ros). She was a very calming influence and I loved her humour.
Will this be your last series of Spooks?
RA: I’ve said to the producers, ‘Over to you. You decide.’ If that means sending Lucas to Manchester or severing his head, I don’t know. Or I could end up in the deep fat fryer. They’d owe me a brilliant exit.
What are your hobbies?
RA: I only learned to ski five years ago, but I’m addicted to it. I went five times this season. I should have been a ski instructor instead of an actor. I also dragged my cello out of the loft a couple of weeks ago and went back to that, but I have to squeeze playing it into the hour and a half I get in the evening after work. God, I sound like such a boring workaholic.
What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve bought?
RA: A BMW hard-top convertible I bought two years ago. I love it. I know people who drive BMWs are meant to be idiots, but I drive very carefully. It’s dark grey. It’s all very conservative, isn’t it? I sound like I’m middle-aged before my time.
What keeps you awake at night?
RA: The fear of not being able to keep this career going. Because it is quite scary. It’s going well, but I worry somebody will take a pin and it will all go ‘pop!’ Then it’s back to plumbing and sanding floors. That’s what I used to do for mates between jobs.
- Richard ordered water to drink during the interview, but once he saw that we were having a tipple of white wine, he ordered some too.
- After the interview we tried to get into a screening of Strike Back but had forgotten our tickets. Richard came up and asked the usher please to let us in. Richard even jokingly invited us onstage with him. What a gent!