The Next Day

In my last post I mentioned my gut is rarely wrong, and iz4blue wanted to know what I was talking about. Below is a post I was planning to make the day after RA’s birthday but didn’t because I really am trying to stay out of the guy’s head, and I just never got around to finishing it to my satisfaction. Then I was reading Peter Jackson’s “defense” of RA being cast, and it came to me that Peter Jackson and I may have the same “gut.” :D

My previous, unpublished post:

RA’s Diary

Entry — August 23, 2010:

40 is less than a year away, and I got a late start. That’s what everyone keeps saying, and I’m tired of hearing it, but I understand. Thankfully 40 is practically the new 20. But in this profession 30 is sometimes the new 40. I get it but it’s a distraction.

End of Entry

It seems we’re continually told that actors in their 30s just coming to our attention are late bloomers. If it is not always said expressly, the media’s attention on actors in their 20s seems to send a strong message. I was thinking about this and glanced up at my blog’s header picture, which has always reminded me of another actor whom I really like, and he was not a spring chicken when he first made it big. He was 43.

The whole issue of the late bloomer is fascinating. No one sets out to be a late bloomer but rather circumstances conspire against them. However circumstances may frustrate their desires, oftentimes they are so intent on something else, that circumstances be damned and sometimes conventions flouted if need be. It is this sometimes maniacal focus on something else which usually makes them so beautiful. For Viggo Mortensen it’s about artistic expression. He reminds me so much of RA, or I guess out of respect for Viggo’s age and success, I should say RA reminds me of Viggo.

Viggo makes an excellent point about artistic expression. “It’s a way of living,” and it should be honest like a child. For me it’s the continual succumbing to the need for honest expression that’s so splendid to watch, and yes, everyone has the potential to be an artist. Getting at the truth is the key, and that requires a fearlessness that always gets my respect. This demand for honesty is certainly what makes RA’s performances so compelling and sometimes startling. The ring of truth is always sublime.

I love that he is also so startlingly honest when interviewed:

‘I don’t put it about. Never have. I’m a late developer in everything. I have a fast mind and fast metabolism, and I’m an intense worker, but in terms of life development I’m way behind.’

You know, I wonder if being a late starter isn’t the key to Armitage’s vast appeal. By the time we first clapped eyes on him as John Thornton, he was already a proper grown man, in sharp contrast to all those snub-nosed pretty boys who pass for movie stars these days.

Read the rest here.

Yep, Allison, I’ll take the man who has found his voice over the boys who have yet to say anything interesting, and I thought this when I was 20.

If anyone reading this is an RA fan and has not read Allison’s article, get over there quickly and do so. It’s a real treat and is definitely one of my favorite articles on him. I also just happen to love many other articles of Allison’s even if she’s not politically correct for some of you. LOL!

Until someone comes along who has the ability to bring Richard Armitage to the attention of the rest of the world, I’m content for RA to focus on what he will.

Enter Peter Jackson, who apparently recognizes the kindred spirit of an artist. So it’s not just about eye candy. Although I give Peter Jackson credit for understanding how to get a movie made. It requires energy and money. You don’t make such big budget pictures unless you understand how to generate both. In an Entertainment Weekly interview he “defends” his selection of Richard Armitage. Oh brother. I say that affectionately! Anyone who thinks that’s actually a defense needs to think again. RA is almost a virtual unknown outside the UK. Peter has to do something to get his name out and in a way that creates buzz. How better to do it than to respond to doubts from LOTR fans about him being cast. Pardon me if my jaded self isn’t buying the “controversy.” But hey, whatever it takes, Peter. Whatever it takes! I’m behind you.

And I assume RA is taking notes for his future big budget project. :D

note: I only have two problems with my gut: 1) I don’t heed it enough; 2) when it’s wrong, it’s very wrong. LOL!

edit: In case it’s not clear, the RA Diary entry is a fake. Yes, my friend, it’s about as fake as it gets. That’s why I have a tag called “Fake Diary.” But I put this edit here for the action fans who may need it spelled out. ;-)


  1. I am also a big fan of Viggo Mortenson–a beautiful, mature. Renaissance man who makes very interesting choices in his work beyond his roles in the blockbusters.
    I’ve seen a lot of similarities between him and RA, too. He’s a musician, a poet and a painter as well as an actor, and really dedicated to his craft, it seems.

    I love watching inspired people with a passion for what they do at work, as well as hearing/reading about the process that takes them there. I feel they are my kindred spirits.

    re eye candy and the tiresome emphasis on youth in Hollywood: Looking back (and I just turned 50) I can say I’ve never really been attracted to pouting pretty boy types. Give me a proper grown man who knows who he is and is comfortable in his own skin every time. I’m a bit of a late bloomer myself, and I think it makes you appreciate things all a bit more.

    Peter Jackson is both creative and very savvy. He does know how to generate buzz. How grand it was to open my Entertainment Weekly and see dear Richard’s BAFTA photo smiling back at me. And then to glimpse him in the cover story on Captain America, too (albeit in that sub pic where you can’t really see him). To see my boy’s name in print in an American mag, and twice! Yippee! The buzz is indeed building . . .

    My gut rarely lies to me, either, Frenz.

  2. @angie,

    I’m about to go out and buy my copy of EW in a few minutes! Also, you have to listen to that Viggo interview. I almost put up links to his paintings, poetry and music, but I thought that was overkill.

  3. I subscribe–it comes to me at work–so Friday I walked in garbed in my fortune teller outfit and almost did a major squee when I saw it sitting on my desk, knowing the article with the Luscious One’s pic would be inside.

    My husband asked me with a very deadpan expression, “So, how many hundreds of copies of that are we going to have?” As if . . .

    I will listen to the Viggo interview. And hey, go ahead and throw up the links. I’d enjoy them, for sure. *grin*

  4. @Frenz: you worried about overkill? :-) Viggo deserves it, hats off to his many talents!
    Thanks for the post!
    @Angie: you’ve been on my mind! I still remember our first encounter through your People Mag post! It won’t be long, don’t ya think?? I’m hoping now to see him on Ellen!

  5. I don’t understand the “late bloomer” concept. Not sure you know who you are in your ’20s; still working through process. From experience, you’re still learning in your ’40s, and yes, in the ’50s. Life would be a bit boring otherwise.

    Also a Mortenson admirer. Hope for that career path for Mr. Armitage. Including Indie films. As much charcter acting as “eye candy” hero things. And eventually, producing and directing as well.

    Just working through Strike Back, which I’d NEVER have watched, except for RA. Finding merit in it – see, never too old to expand horizons. Bring on the over-sized Dwarf! :)

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  7. Wow! Thanks for this interview! Viggo is terrific. I liked him as an actor but had no idea he was such a renaissance man like Richard. Very talented indeed! That question about his fans was handled very well. It would certainly be unnerving to be approached by fans who so personalize their admiration of an artist that they imagine themselves to have a “relationship” with them. Yikes!
    Please God, protect Richard Armitage from those types of people. (Or is that too personal?) :)

  8. coupla thoughts:

    -the late bloomer idea comes very much out of science, math, industry, where it’s a pattern that if someone hasn’t had their great idea while they are relatively young, they won’t have it. It’s never been clear that this pattern applies outside of those areas, as there have been many artists in different genres who finally had their idea at 40: or even later.

    -my generation (the baby busters, Gen X, esp people between 35 and 40 right now) are going to struggle in terms of seeing people our age on screen because there are so relatively few of us, crammed between the baby boomers and the boomlet after us. Marketing assumes that even older people want to see themselves played by younger people on screen — since none of us think we are anywhere near as old as we really are, seeing younger people play “us” on screen reflects more clearly our self-perception. Hugely unfortunate, as it particularly hampers women’s careers.

    Love Viggo Mortensen, ever since “Witness,” where he plays an almost unnoticeable role.

  9. Thanks for posting this RAFrenzy. I was not a Leggie fan during LotR, I was very much a Aragorn fan. Not a fangirly type of thing but more.. I was just amazingly struck by this character and how honestly he was played. (though I though his eyes were stunning and captivating) I think one of the best scenes for me in the series is when he fully understands that he himself was not strong enough to resist the power of the Ring and he lets Frodo go. Again, that is the caliber of character that will get me every time!

    What an amazingly centered actor VM is. Another reason to admire him and his work!

  10. @Iz4lbue,

    That’s right, I believe it was my post, “RA:The Real Thing” at LJ . . . in which I said Brad and George and Hugh might as well step aside. The “Sexiest Man Alive” was then, and is now, clearly our RA. *grin* I do fully expect to see him one day on the front of that issue.

    I know he’s not a big fan of talk shows–Richard Armitage being himself–but I think over time he’s going to need to get used to it. He’ll master that just like he does everything else, I suspect. I would love to see him dance with Ellen, now that would be a treat!
    (I just want to see him dance, period . . .)

  11. Actually, I’d prefer to see “us” or “me” as played by Helen Mirren :)

    Considering RA’s ever-increasing confidence and even control of the interview ordeal, he will be fine there.

  12. Regarding Ellen, I’m so tempted to post a picture! Arrgh!

  13. @fitzg,

    LOL!! LOVE IT! Personally, I want oh, let’s see, uh Natalie Portman to play my part. ;-)

  14. re late bloomers:

    I have always been the one, for better or for worse, to kick against what is “expected” of me, but I definitely fall into the artistic side of things. Hated advanced math and still amazed I made an A in college chemistry.

    As Servetus mentioned, people in the arts often come into their own “past deadline.”
    I didn’t start writing regularly until I was almost 40 and started fanfic writing in 2008. And I feel as if I’ve finally found out what I want to be when I grow up.

    I do feel as if the best part of Richard’s career is still ahead of him. I’m looking forward to seeing where my 50s take me and his 40s take him. I think it will be an interesting ride for both of us.

    And I agree, fitzg, you are still learning and growing right into your 40s and 50s and I am hoping well beyond that.. The fact I have wonderfully talented friends in their 70s and 80s who have only fairly recently taken up painting and are coming along beautifully, gives me encouragement. Truthfully, I think you are never too old to learn.

  15. Oh, I wouldn’t object to being played by Helen Mirren. I’d like to have HM’s body right now!!

    (Have y’all seen her in a bikini?)

    Of course, whoever plays me must be able to wear hats well. That’s essential *grin*

  16. You mean in her red bikini? :D

  17. Yepper. Doesn’t she look great? And it’s a real body, not all nipped and tucked and lifted.

  18. Angie, I’m too old for the Natalie – Helen M is my gen. We’re very close in age. Which makes me feel a bit dumb about having a “crush” on an actor of this age. But I’ve never been embarrassed about actor crushes, and not starting now. It’s fantasy, not real, and the only way I’d ever meet an acting icon would be literally stumbling on a set somewhere. (We live in hope :D )

    But I can’t wait for Black Swan in the theatres (any day now). Ballet-mad, and gather Ms. Portman is outstanding – there’s always new talent. And there are the “late bloomers” like Mortensen and Armitage, who have just hung in and worked and perfected their craft. And still have much more to learn, and much more experience to turn into their art.

  19. I cannot wait to see Black Swan. I was reading a blog last night that had a review, and it made me even more anxious to see it. I think it comes out early in December, but I”m not sure. And I love Helen M. I saw her in Red recently. Not a big part, but she was great as usual.

    I think I still am a little embarrassed about writing this blog. Isn’t it obvious? LOL! But apparently it wasn’t enough to stop me. :D

  20. Well, the way I look at it, if I am going to have a major crush on an actor, let him be one cut of superior cloth. And that is RA. If I were pining over Robert Pattinson, I would feel terribly silly (sorry R Patz fans, the boy just does nothing for me) whereas RA is a proper grown man who has worked hard and long at his craft, paid his dues, and remained grounded and sane.

    Sometimes I think it’s for the best when the fame and attention come a little later in life; look how many child stars and young actors have burned out far too soon.

    Natalie is a fine young actress–she was very good in V for Vendetta, I thought, and Close,r and I am sure from what I have read so far, she is fantastic in The Black Swan. Actually, I would love to see Dame Helen Mirren acting in a film with RA. Two actors I greatly admire —

  21. Yep, we picked a great one, Angie! :D

  22. I am sure that Natalie Portman will be great in anything she does but the theatre trailer for Black Swan totally turned me off.

  23. […] what else. It seems when someone is letting their artist flow, it just doesn’t stop. This interview with Viggo Mortensen speaks to the mentality and reminded me of how I really did think as a child […]

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