CW Breaking Out All Over

Sheez I’m gone for one day and an epidemic occurs from this Hobbit Press Conference. But who can blame anyone for being afflicted with Celebrity Worship when the object of our adoration easily makes us break out in a sweat. Even some of the Tolkien fans, who seem to be above that sort of thing, were affected:

Richard Armitage (Thorin) spoke surprisingly little, but when he did he had a notably deep voice, exactly right for Thorin, and real gravitas. He walked into the conference with a kind of testosterone charged lope. I don’t think he’ll have any trouble holding the audience’s attention.

Complete article here.

Uh huh, his “testosterone charged lope,” among other things ;-), is going to hold some attention, and he’s just getting started. LOL! Yeah, I was right — won’t know what hit ’em, and some of these people are just getting a little taste of what’s coming.

All of that aside, I love that he’s just a guy here:

The “guy” almost jumps out of the video and grabs me. Loving this. Yet it seems this “guy” has been hiding. Before when Richard has been interviewed, we’ve mostly seen the sensitive artist, whose tacit message to women was, “I’m a little boy in a man’s body and my inner child hears you and understands.” :D But now he’s revealed a man for all of us to rhapsodize over! ………………………………………………………………. Excuse me I had to put myself back in my chair. All I know is I was fairly smitten by what I saw, and I’ve become rather jaded about these things. I thought. I take heart in the fact that no woman in her right mind could withstand that!

Seriously, it was evident the little boy was almost completely submerged by the man when even the talk about his first time on stage as an elf could not conjure it. The man was firmly in place. However, I wonder if the boy isn’t sensing the new tidal wave of affection that’s coming and shrinks from it. What else am I to make of this picture? LOL!

I feel a letter coming on. Oh, hell yes, this demands a fake fan letter.

Dear Richard:

You’re in my prayers, my friend. You think this Army thing is overwhelming? Get ready. That’s going to seem like a walk in the park. You keep coupling that stare with eyelids at half mast and deep voice with your “testosterone charged lope,” you will not have a moment’s peace.

I’ve long thought that if you catch on in America, you are going to go off the charts, but with ‘The Hobbit’ appealing to a worldwide audience, Ohmygosh! just thinking about this is… I can’t process it.

Back to my prayers for you and especially strong ones when I think that you will not be able to hide behind a beard as some actors are wont to do.

One of Your Crazy Fans Who is Almost Fearful for You :D

The journey of the Beard continues.


  1. Have mercy! Boggles the mind. You are SO right about the Army thing…he’d best get a lifejacket on NOW! And to the USofA…hang on. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

    Nice letter, Frenz. I still think yo should send him one. This one in particular.

  2. Oh, my. The word “man” and derivatives thereof kept popping into my head as I watched and listened to him. Remember Star Wars and The Force? Well, I do believe the Force is with this gorgeous creature. Whether the deep (er) voice was due ot a cold or whether he was indeed channeling his inner Thorin–oh, I LOVED it. Loved the beard–uber-manly-and the way he focused his attention on the person asking the question. And the testosterone-charged lope!! Loved that line; loved that lope. The rest of them looked like staid old men or pretty boys compared to THE MAN. The Bearded Beauty. The Armitage Effect!

    Methinks Richard Armitage is going to become very well-known indeed. Hold on tight, RA!! My hopes and prayers are also with you and I hope this continues to be a swell ride in NZ. You deserve it all!

  3. World-wide audience: I think the pump is being primed with Strike Back, which has now shown all over the Commonwealth and even in Japan. So they’ll have an idea, and then they’ll have him as Thorin.

    Won’t know what hit him: that’s exactly right. Since at the press conference they were asked a question on this theme three times. I was pleased with how strong the actors’ emphasis fell on “we can’t think about that now, right now we have to concentrate on doing good work.” I think they have their minds in the right places.

    And now we have more evidence that Richard Armitage has been in New Zealand for 4-5 weeks.

  4. I haven’t watched the whole press conference yet. Does he say he’s been there for awhile?

  5. He doesn’t, but someone else says, “we’ve all been here for is, it four” and then someone says “five” and there’s general agreement “weeks.” It’s not definitive proof, but I didn’t think he was in London on whatever day it was and this seems to underline that.

  6. Oh, Frenz. You’re the best. :)

  7. Thanks, Nat.

    To all:

    My bs detector is going off at alarming levels. I want to analyze the dog out of this press conference performance. Uh, I mean the press conference. :D

  8. I loved the feeling of comradery that the guys brought to this conference, it already feels like they’re fully connected and prepared for a great journey ahead. I sense exactly the kind of chemistry that these 13 lads are gonna gift us with, and I feel so immensely happy for them (and a tad envious) :)
    RA sizzles.

  9. Well put, Cresmix,

    I almost sense some relief from RA that he could just be one of the guys and no hassles with women,but I also think he was pouring it on thick for that press conference, and I loved every moment of it! :D

    Angie, We are so on the same page and have been for a good long while.

    NB, My cussed pride will probably keep me from it. LOL!

  10. I do believe that “gravitas” is exactly the right word for him at this stage of his life and this particular project. I hadn’t realized how very much I missed him until this broke yesterday. I actually missed him.

  11. Oh, it was a masterful performance, RAF. I suspect PJ was very pleased with how well his “heartthrob dwarf” did at the press conference. Emphasizing his age, displaying that deep, resonant, commanding and uber-sexy voice, the intensity of that gaze . . . the gravitas, indeed, aided and abetted by that attractive and manly beard (NTM the lope).


    I did enjoy the sense of comaraderie and community we got from the actors and the fact they do seem to have their priorities straight–work hard and give good performances and worry about the other stuff later. They all genuinely seem to be having a good ol’ time in spite of, I am sure lots of long hours of practice and rehearsal, etc. And I am truly happy for them all to get to be involved in such a tremendous adventure as well as huge film!

  12. OMG we MISSED you last night!! I haven’t had a chance for a proper read of your post yet or FULL length interview! Seen his bits and Martin’s what a bunch of fun blokes! Already looking forward to extras on DVD!! LOL

  13. OMG the beard!!!! He has a beeeeaaaarrrrdddd!!!! *swoon*

  14. Ditch the pride Frenz. And borrow some kid’s football helmet for those falls out of chairs!

    They did seem like they were just the guys hanging out. Altho, I’m sure that’s the atomsphere they were aiming for. Still wondering how come we hadn’t heard RA’s story about doing TH before…has that surfaced anywhere else?

    My take? RA was playing the whole thing SMOOTH, low-key and cautious. I would’ve done the same in his shoes but more out of nerves. I talk myself down for public events and go thru the whole thing in my head before I actually have to walk into a room of Great Expecataions. I think he. like Thornton (and somebody mentioned somewhere that it looked like he was in JT mode) was in control of himself. I lke that. A lot.

    And he stuck out in that group like a sore thumb. A really nice looking sore thumb…a nice looking thumb with class. Yeah. That’s it. Not taking anything away from the others. I’m sure they’re nice. He just dominated! Plain and simple. And yes, we are completely objective….. ;)

  15. Ann Marie,

    I really missed him, too. I didn’t realize just how much until this press conference. It was like seeing my much-loved old friend again after a long separation. My much-loved, really, really HOT old friend. ;)

  16. NB,

    My college roommates and fellow Chi Os used to be amazed at how nervous I would seem before we had a big chapter event and then how I would waltze into the room like I owned the darned thing. I rehearsed it all in my head beforehard, of course. Fake it til you make it. I thought Mr. A handled it all so beautifully. I wonder if he had been keeping that little nugget about his first stage performance mum just for such an occasion?? He is a very, very sharp fellow . . .

  17. NB,

    I don’t pretend to be terribly objective when it comes to this man, but I do think he dominated that panel with his stillness, his attention to all others, his gravitas, if you will, and holey moley, when he finally did speak, how could you NOT be totally captivated??

    Well played, indeed, Mr. A.

  18. OH Angie, you are so crackin’ me up! And I’m sitting here w/a 1 yr old in my lap who is singing her own version of Twinkle Twinkle and I’m laughing like a crazy woman!! What a day!!

    “My much-loved, really, really HOT old friend.” I am SO laughing! I so hope he was saving up that “nugget”…when he said it, I thought, “OH blast. I hope he didn’t just make that up on the spot!” I know I know…I’m just old and jaded and now am dodging rotten tomatoes thrown at me! BUt he said it with such a cute little smile.

    OK, 1 yr old is getting bored.

  19. Ah, one of my missions in life is to amuse, November Bride. :D

    I prefer to think it really did happen-the whole “playing an elf at the theater with the papier-mache puppet Gollum thing” And yes, that was a very cute little smile. The boyish RA slipping out again amidst all that uber-masculinity.

  20. The “playing an elf at Alex Theatre in Birmingham” is in his bio at Richard Armitage Online, and he also referred to it in his eulogy for “Miss Pat.” The papier mache Gollum was a new detail. I also thought it was striking that other cast members seemed not to know the story.

  21. Ah, that’s why the elf reference rang a bell for me–I remembered it from the memorial service. The fact it was new info for the fellow cast members makes me think RA has been doing more listening than talking away from the press conferences, too.

  22. I don’t for a moment believe he has a “testosterone charged lope”; to me that is so much hyperbole. Nor have I thought of him as a little boy in a man’s body. He’s a sensitive soul, that is all, and creative as all get out. I feel like I’m missing the boat here. Am I missing some signs that indicate to people when he’s the little boy and when he’s being a man? Is this that protectiveness thing he engenders in some people?

    You certainly picked the most flattering pic of him. Thanks. I am not enamoured of the beard. I do like that he remains reserved. It’s gotta be tough and overwhelming to be thrust into a global spotlight, no matter how prepared you think you are. I guess his desire outweighs his fear once again.

  23. The way in which Mr. Armitage stood out from the “crowd” was strking. Between the gravity of the the considerably respected older men, and the lads, (some of whom are his age) did we have a preview of the Thorin character? Maturity without earnest gravity; gravitas leavened with understated humour; serious attention to the questions, requesting clarification and succinct framing of the question…

    If this is the reflection of an intense internal process of characterisation, then it appears that The Hobbit will gift the audience with Thorin to be believed in. A leader, respectful of his men, calm and confident.

    It appeared yet a further development in the ability of the actor to approach the interview process with confidence and firmness.

  24. @fitzg,

    Very well stated, my dear. I do believe we were given a glimpse of what Thorin as crafted by Richard Armitage will be like.

    I also think this was certainly a different approach than we’ve seen in many of his previous interview situations, on chat shows and radio shows, In those, Richard was generally the sole person being interviewed, the whole atmosphere was more “fluffy” shall we say in those settings (I am thinking of that “Chatty Cathy” girl who was a fill-in host) and Richard was, accordingly, more playful and ‘boyish” if you will (all the while remaining intelligent and articulate in his responses, of course).

    This press conference involved a large group of people, discussing what will likely be the most expensive and certainly one of the most anticipated motion pictures ever made–and he is one of the main stars. I am sure he feels a great deal is riding on those broad shoulders, and he wants to make sure he telegraphs to those watching and listening is the fact he is more than up to the task.

    Anyway, FWIW, that’s my take on it.

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  26. @angie, yes, I do agree with you concerning the nature of the interview! Whether the subject is the sole object or within a collegial setting must make a difference to anyone’s response. Actors (professional, as opposed to celebrity) surely have that sense of context. I’m certain that all of us respond with partly intuituve, partly reasoned, aspects of our personalities in disparate interview situations.

    It’s been interesting to view the increasing mastery of this actor in such situations, in which are seen elements of the younger self to the maturer self. (not that he was not mature in 1994 – just more increasingly experienced – constant lifetime evolution! :D

  27. @fitzg,

    I really love the opportunity to watch Richard’s creative gifts and his mastery of the whole publicity process evolve–we can clearly see personal and professional growth as we watch ,listen to and read the interviews he has done over the years, just as we can watch him go from strength to strength as a very dedicated and nuanced actor. Being able to handle himself well in interview situations is an important part of his profession, after all, and something I think he is going to be doing more and more of as time passes and his star continues to ascend.

    I can tell you as someone who has done a lot of interviews, you definitely don’t approach all your subjects in the same cookie-cutter manner. I have interviewed subjects ranging in age from 10 to (literally) 110. some highly educated and some very much not, from all walks of life and in all sorts of professions.

    You definitely approach your subjects with that “partly intuitive, partly reasoned” aspects you mentioned.

    Oh, how I really, really want to interview Mr. A!!!

  28. @angie – Interviews! As one who has myriad interviews as a result of both my own travel and spouse postings – job interviews countless in different (English-speaking countries). And interviewing staff or successors. It’s not a disadvantage to be either an extra- or intro- or “ambi”-vert in the situation; because you have to listen. You have a script in place for interviewing a subject or you have anticipated the interviewer’s script, and adapt. Nuances of voice and body language convey subliminal cues.

    Which it is what I find (thanks, or not to the subject , thanks to the Net) interesting. There just seems to be a confluence of the profressional development with the public management of the process.

    Frenz, when you said you leave us alone for a day and all H breaks loose, were you channeling the Sheriff (Walk About?) :)

  29. Yes, I think being my ambivert self has helped tremendously in doing this job. Sometimes I have felt a little like a priest, a hairdresser or a bartender LOL because people often do really open up to you if they feel you offer an empathic, listening ear. You have to be able to listen and you also have to be able to engage that person into a dialogue with you.. Some nuts are tougher to crack than others, frankly. And no two interviews are exactly the same.
    I may be very serious in one interview and rather playful in another. I have to get a reading of the person I am interviewing to gauge how the interview will proceed. Actually, it is all pretty fascinating stuff when you start thinking about it!

  30. @RAFrenzy – the video link you posted has been taken down by TVNZ for breach of copyright. Which part of the conference was it showing?

    I saw the 38minutes of press conference thanks to TORn. I was ready to give up watching as to me RA looked as if he was going to leave the talking to the others and looked quite uncomfortable. About half way through I think the “actor ” came on board and he began to look aloof, dignified and quite regal which is the Thorin character emerging. I thought his answers were eloquent and clever – the elf story has been told a few times by him in past interviews and it was this that had me hoping he had been cast in TH in the first place. (That and his love of Tolkien as a boy). His demeanour and lower pitched voice quite impressed a number of the diehard Tolkien addicts on TORn. Some still think he is too young for Thorin however but his performance yesterday has silenced a number of critics and many have stated that they feel more confident about the production. I therefore feel that RA, once he was in character put on a good performance at that press conference … and he needed to!

    As for the post media photo with RA at the back – that’s right where I would have been. Let those who want the attention have it. At the end of the day all of them are going to have to put in superlative performances to live up to the aura left by the LOTR films. RA is fortunate that he seems to have been cast with some very experienced actors – what a terrific learning experience for him! I don’t agree that these movies will get him masses of recognition from hoards of admirers – he will have to have make up to at least match his older acting colleagues as Thorin is the oldest dwarf of the company. I get a bit worried about many of the RA fans who are expecting him to look dishy in this role. The beard does nothing for me as it hides a lot of his smile but it does make him look older and that is an advantage in this production. I just wish him the very best of luck with this project. I actually picked up a few vibes amongst that cast – the John Hambleton/Mark Hadlow interaction. Ken Stott hardly said a word like RA. Martin Freeman was great – frankly, I think he is the one who will be the superstar when this is over :)

    I just hope RA’s deep voice was not a cold and it was him practising his vocal range as it was perfect for Thorin :)

  31. @mulubinba: I worry about “expectations”. Not just on the part of committed fans of respectively, Mr. Armitage and of LOTR fans. What pressure does Mr. A feel? What pressure is internal to him? On the other hand, for the actor, pressure, properly channeled, has its possitive elements, especially for a professional. Try your utmost, leave it with the sense of having done your very best and trust it’s good enough. What’s done is done. All a learning experience.

    I do worry a bit that we, the supporters hope very much for the future opportunities and recognition that we expect this film to bring to the actor. The film hasn’t even been filmed yet.

  32. Lol, mulubinba, now you can stop worrying that the aim of the press conference was to announce that RA has been fired you need to find something new to worry about.

    Opinions about the beard seem to vary a lot, from super hot to absolutely awful, but it is either this or a fake beard and I wouldn’t mind if they stick with this and just add a wig. Does anyone else think that the beard is dyed dark brown and this is a test for an Aragorn-like look?

  33. @Mulubinba and fitzg,

    The video clip was only of RA’s parts at the press conference.

    There is no question he was showing us a bit of his Thorin. At least there’s no question in my mind. The “problem” is that this demeanor is the kind that makes women swoon. About that simple. As to how much fame the film and all associated with it brings him when the film is aired, who knows? But it will be considerably more than he has now — if for no other reason than forces in Hollywood will be much more aware of him.

    To whomever it may concern:

    If you want to share your differences with me, I have no problem. You can make this a very interesting discussion, but If you are actually indignant about my comments concerning Richard Armitage, it might not be a good idea to read this blog.

    It’s very difficult to converse with someone who has his/her back up, and frankly, this is a supposed to be a fun exercise, so I don’t really have time to entertain someone’s indignation. The fact I’m taking the time to write this comment should serve as a show of respect when really I wanted to just say, “Get over it.”

  34. This is a fun exercise!

    The total conference was fascinating, too. It appears that Sir Peter (“rich as Croesus” :) has slected a perfect storm of a congenial crew. They did a lovely job of representing PJ and the film, in the producer’s absence. The real work is ahead, and everyone seems to be mentally prepared. Can’t wait for the 2011 Christmas present!

  35. I most want this all to live up to whatever expectations Richard has–and I think it is undeniably a huge stepping stone in his career, in the sense he will certainly have a much higher profile with casting people, directors and producers after being part of this massive of a project–much more recognition, as you say, Frenz, than he has ever had up until now.

    And I don’t think that can be a bad thing for his career. He is an ambitious fellow, after all, or he wouldn’t be going after these sorts of movie roles, and working with a “star” director like Peter Jackson cannot hurt. I am hoping he continues to handle it all with the grace, humor and aplomb we have seen thus far. I will certainly be hoping, wishing and praying for him.


    I was really glad to read your report and hear the positive feedback from the LOTR fans. I think Richard did a marvelous job conveying the strength, authority and regal quality of Thorin at the press conference and thus silencing at least some of the critics.

  36. @fitzg,

    I am all about having some fun related to dear RA. I had meant to comment earlier that while I especially enjoyed Richard’s bit of the event, naturally, I actually very much enjoyed the entire press conference and hearing what all the various cast members had to say. It is a very entertaining and interesting group of actors, some familiar and others new to me, and I agree–they did a fine job representing Sir Peter in his absence.

    Everyone seemed focused on the monumental task ahead of them and happy to be a part of it and willing to do what it takes as a team to make it happen. Yes, looking forward to a lovely Christmas pressie in 2012!

  37. @mulubinba, I also enjoyed your report. I should have said so sooner, but I was a bit distracted. Look forward to more of your posts on The Hobbit!

    I am going to try to listen to the whole conference today. Not sure I can yet, but I’m going to attempt it. It seems that 38 minutes of uninterrupted time is almost non-existent at my house. Honestly, things are nuts right now. I have two kids leaving home very soon, and I’m laboring under this. Seriously, I am really struggling and SO is struggling as well. There are some days we just look at each other and almost break down in tears. But we can’t get teary for too long as we’ve had a little stream of college recruiters in the house for the last several weeks. This is really odd, humbling and quite a learning experience. I’ll have to write about that sometime. Phew! All I can say right now is I’m tired. LOL!

  38. For those who are reading these comments, but you are fairly new, you should check out Mulubinba’s blog. Very well written and thoughtful. I always enjoy reading it, and it’s a great place to get caught up on The Hobbit situation

  39. Bless your heart, Frenz, having two of your chicks leave the nest can’t be easy and would certainly be distracting. I only lived 37 miles away from home while in college so my parents saw me most weekends, but after I got my teaching job at ASB and moved 2 1/2 hours away, the visits were less frequent. My dad had a way of suddenly disappearing when I was getting ready to leave to head back north on Sunday afternoons. Even crusty old farmers who can cuss a blue streak can have a sentimental side when it comes to their youngest daughters. Courage! One of those rites of passage a parent has to go through, I suppose. Great that your kids have done so well, though.

    Also, the ever-resourceful bccmee has re-posted her version of the Richard-only vid here:

  40. Thanks, Angie. :)

  41. De rien, mon amie, de rien. *grin*

  42. Is there a credible report of Cate Blanchett returning to the cast? Not just a rumour, or gossip report? If so, I’ve missed it. I can’t find an actual confirmation.

    Lady Cate would be my dream acting partner with Richard Armitage (well, obviously not in The Hobbit, as the script would have to so far diverge from the literature as to render it useless). I just think that she is the one actress of their generation who matches Mr. A in talent and charisma.

  43. Don’t know about the confirmation, @fitzg, but I totally agree: Cate is first choice in my mind of an acting partner of his generation for RA.
    She has lots of talent, charisma, a distinct beauty and RA has expressed a desire to work with her, too.

    I would also love to see him act with Helen Mirren, actually.

  44. It appears more than rumor about her joining the cast:

    @Angie, I voted for Helen Mirren on the latest RAnet poll. Would love to see them in something together!

    To all:

    My comment about people taking offense is not referring so much to the comments section of this blog as it is just a general comment to whomever. I receive communications several ways and figured this was the easiest place to put it so many would see it.

    Carry on. :D

  45. @angie, Dame Helen is MY gen! (only she got the talent and charisma :) )

    But point taken, and that of RAFrenzy – Mr. A belongs with that strata of actors, and The Hobbit cast marks a marvellous big screen entree.

  46. @RAF,

    I voted for Dame Helen, too! If Cate had been on the list, I would have voted for her.

    Oh, I know Dame Helen is a more mature woman (and what a woman!!), but I do think those two would be marvelous on screen together. Heck, why couldn’t we have Dame Helen, Cate AND RA all in a movie together? He’s at his best when he’s got a good, strong screen partner–I think we all agree–rather than, say, a moody but largely emotionless mannequin or an insipid creature with a horrendously bad accent. Those two ladies could hold their own with our lad!!

  47. @angieklong

    You know I think you should go for the interview. Who would be better to really ask him truly worthwhile questions? You never know until you ask! Good excuse, Capt. America and US release this summer. (If an excuse is needed!).

  48. Angie, You can only do the interview if I get to tag along. I’ll hold your briefcase or something. :D

  49. and I’ll volunteer to sharpen your pencils.

  50. Hey, I go away to take a nap and do some research for the last bit of Truce and come back to discover I am developing an entourage for my theoretical interview? !

    OK, who wants to hold the recorder (to capture those dulcet tones) and who wants to shoot the photos (so I won’t think I dreamed it all up)? Who wants to fan me with my reporter’s notebook in case I am simply overcome by the Armitage Effect? Or would I need to be reviving you? :D

  51. @angie,for the interview I’ll provide refreshments for the interview and mouth-to-mouth- (Sir Guy showed me how) in the event Mr. Armitage is overcome. :)

  52. @Angie…I’ll stick w/the pencil sharpening. Safer for everyone concerned. Especially me…keeps me in the background so The Armitage Effect can overtake me quietly. Besides, I’m pretty sure old ladies would just be in the way on the frontline, so to speak!

    AnnMarieeee, always thinking about the other guy/Guy.!! Such a humanitarian. Put me down for Snicker Doodles. I’m always good for a batch of those.

  53. Photos?! ME ME ME!!!

    Little old ladies indeed, Novemberbride! I’m game, if you are! We’ll keep each other company in the grey-haired department :D

  54. Anyway Angie, you need chaperones…

  55. Since pictures are being taken, he’ll need a make-up artist. I’ve been having dreams about that. :D

  56. @Ann Marie,

    I so appreciate your tremendous selflessness. And I am so glad Guy is using his visiting time for practical purposes. *wink*

    Your snickerdoodles would be much appreciated along with pencil sharpening skills.


    Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, baby girl. As I have been discussing with Frenz off-blog, I swear I don’t know how I got to be as old as I am. I heard a great quote recently–“It’s just a blink of an eye between diapers and Depends” and it surely feels like it sometimes. So I understand how Richard feels like he should be still in his 20s because I think I should be in my 30s. And I think women of all hair color persuasions are welcome on this little jaunt.
    And, yes, Benny would agree with you, I definitely need chaperones . . . possibly some being men in white coats with large nets LOL

  57. @fitz….I am SO there honey! 60 going on 17 some days…others it’s more like 60 going on 95. Today’s a good day, so I’m game for just about anything. BTW, if we’re totally honest here, I was born a cotton top blonde, turned blond then dishwater blonde and finally caved to modern chemistry and get re-blonded ever so often. So the grey doesn’t show before or after! :) About the only positive for being the token fictional airhead blonde! And our ages would qualify us as the perfect chaperones don’t you think? ;)))

    Frenz=makeup artist=dreams??? GASP! Gazing into those lovely eyes and applying eye shadow to his lips?!

  58. Oh, yes, RAF, he will need someone to “fluff his hair and fix his wrinkles” LOL

    And perhaps comb his beard? Poor thing, that would require you getting up close and personal with him, wouldn’t it?? But I know you’d take one for the time . . .

  59. “team” rather–and probably take plenty of “time” attending to him, as well. LOL

  60. Yes, I would suffer through I suppose.

  61. @NovemberBride, I was born with brown hair and cool-white complexion. Burns, doesn’t tan. Stopped colouring several years ago, as hair colour wasn’t working with skin tone. So it’s sort of faded brown/dish-watery whatever.

    Yes, I think we qualify as chaperones! (Angie and Benny need us). Besides, mentally, I’m a very mature 30-35 :D (Did I say “mature”? HooHoo)

  62. Well, I started out bald, quickly made up for it with a headful of thick, wavy pale golden blonde hair by the time I was one, which gradually darkened, requring some highlighting help, and then it started turning grey—and I was just TOO young, dang it, to have so much grey!! (early 30s). And so I started seeking more extensive chemical assistance . . . nice thing about it, is the regrowth does blend nicely as it is now white across the crown. Some people grey attractively—and some don’t *holds up hand*


    We must suffer sometimes for our art. And for our artists. *wink*

  63. Oh you blondes! ENVY! My younger sister got the blue-eyed blonde genes from that side of the family, and she’s seguing nicely into middle age! Brown hair is the worst, especially when it’s ash, not golden brown. Complain, complain.

    Now where were we with organising the RA interview entourage?

  64. Before hubs come to take me for a tour of the newest calves on the premises, I too burn rather tan and have the nice brown spots to prove it. He looked at me not too long ago and said, “Whatever happened to the sweet little blonde that I married?” and I said, “Same thing that happened to the cute curley haired guy that I married. Only I can re-blonde and you can’t re-hair.” Yep he’s lost most of his.

    LOL, Ang on the born bald. Yeah me too. Forgot that stage. Grew enough for my mom to make one huge curl on top. Weird looking kid I was. Looked like I had just stepped off a flying saucer.

    OK now back to the interview. I would like to submit a couple of questions to be used at your discretion of course. OH, and I pack heat, so I could double up as security?!

  65. @fitzg,

    I am the oddball in my family. Only one of the girls with warm undertones to her complexion, only lefty. I am very fair but I do tan if I am very careful about it. However, it’s not very dark–just a pale gold– and I am now at the age where I think of all the photo damage and the spectre of skin cancer . . . compared to some of my classmates who used to fry routinely in the sun, I don’t have nearly as many wrinkles. Living pale is the best revenge!

    I am sure you all would make wonderful chaperones . . . I have every confidence *wink*

  66. Anyone want to guess my natural hair color? :D

  67. @Frenz – Only your hairdresser knows for sure? :D

    @Angie. Sunburn. Burned to a crisp on a beach on Cape Cod, when I was about 7. Must have been on our D.C. posting. Plopped into baking soda bath, smothered in calamine, slept for 18 hours. Kept out of direct sun ever since, even in Jakarta…

  68. Well, Frenz, everybody online thought mine should have been brown before they found out differently and discovered I am at heart, as well as roots, a dizzy blonde (not ditzy, mind you, just dizzy. All due to RA, of course). You are not a redhead by any chance, are you?
    My oldest sister is currently and it really suits her. Or are you a dramatic brunette . . . hmmmm.


    I have had a couple of bad sunburns in my life. Never again if I can help it. I look like a blue-eyed lobster NTM the pain and the peeling!! I like having a little color but there are sunless ways to achieve that these days that are much better than the old QT stuff that turned me the color of a pumpkin–really attractive.


    I keep telling Benny he needs to be happy at age 51 he still has so much hair. It’s thinning a little but there’s still a lot of it and it has so much body and wave to it. It curls when it gets any length to it in the back. Some of our classmates have almost no hair! And submit away re the questions. Also feel free to pack heat, you never know when we might have to protect RA from some of his more rabid and less *ahem* lady-like fans . . . not sure how to get around that with the airlines, though . . .

  69. My hair is almost black.

  70. Dramatic brunette!! :D

    I can carry off darker hair (I do at Halloween) but boy, do I have to pile on the makeup. Makes my eyes pop, though. Which is why the dark hair on RA is so dramatic and sexy.

  71. I think your spot on Angie, when RA has (regular/light)brown hair he doesn’t make him look as sexy as with back or dark brown hair, IMO.

    OML :)

  72. Well, I haven’t had any airport experience lately. Now that they’ve really cracked down, my flying buddy and I haven’t taken heat with us on trips. We used to check in a special line with heat in one place and ammo in another. I’ve flown since then but sans heat.

    Does anyone remember baby oil and iodine? And sunning on rooftops? And burning like idiots and then slathering on Noxema? I never knew why that particular cream other than it seemed to cool it down. After one water-skiing weekend, my mom made me wear my daddy’s old long sleeved shirts. Which was interesting since I was 5’4″ and he was 6’6″. Kinda drug my tracks out. And really cramped my cool swimsuit fashion style!

  73. @OML,

    The very dark hair helps contribute to the dangerous/brooding/mysterious quality RA evokes so well. And it’s a perfect foil for his light eyes and fair skin. Oh, heck, he’s just nice to look at any old way he chooses to go!

    Funny thing is, I always get lots of compliments when I wear my dark golden brown wig for costumes –“wow, Ang, your eyes really look great!”- -but lordie it would be a pain to keep up the roots nowadays. Not to mention dealing with my blonde eyebrows and lashes LOL (had the lashes dyed once, so they were black with blonde roots). BTW did anyone know Elvis was actually a blonde? They dyed his hair and brows black and used mascara on his lashes–to make him look edgier with that baby face of his.

  74. @NB,

    I haven’t flown in quite a while, either, but I do know it’s a pain in the @$$ these days.
    Re sunning, I remember in college going up on the roof of the apartment building to sun and my roomie using one of those blankets that looked like a giant piece of aluminum foil. And yes, people slathering themselves with baby oil and tan accelerator and Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tan lotion (still love the way their products smell–coconuts!!)

    Those brown spots you mentioned? My grandmother had them, my mother had them—and sadly, I have them. If only I would religiously apply sunscreen to my hands every day the way I do to my face. Or wear gloves. Well, they would go nicely with my hats! *wink*

  75. @NovemberBride, remember all those products? And how? (I use baby oil to remove mascara – I trust it). Calamine seemed to work better than Noxema for cool, and for better blister control. Still peeled anyway. There’s a distinct lack of melatonin here…

    @Frenz, I was beginning to think of you as a redhead too! (always wanted to be that myself, a nice deep auburn. Oh well)

  76. I tried to do red highlights one time–a sort of strawberry blonde– and it just didn’t take properly, Looked way too stripey, Fitzg. I just keep goin’ back to the same old blonde. Benny has lovely auburn highlights in his hair when he’s in the sun and his beard, when he had one, was reddish in hue. Not too unlike Mr. A’s currently, except Benny’s is starting to grey quite a bit.

  77. Yes OML, I also find the RA black hair so alluring. (Gisborne, would you just GO AWAY!) It is definitely in the fantasy consciousness marked Dangerous. “Mad, bad and dangerous to know”. And irrestistable.

    The bearded face is interesting. A comment was made that the mouth and chin were obscured, two of the actor’s appeal. Still, the brow, eyes and cheekbones remain in prominence. All part of the actor’s “toolkit”. Just wait until the beard reaches the knees and CGI reduces Thorin/Richard to a three foot height! :)

  78. Curiously, Fitzg, I named one of my Guy AU fan fics “Dangerous to Know.” ;) Wonder why?

    Yes, I think there is much to appreciate about his bearded visage. Whilst I appreciate his strong chin and beautifully-shaped lips, we still enjoy that noble, expressive brow, the bold, winged eyebrows, magnificent, long-lashed eyes of changeable hue, aquiline nose (those manly sniffs of Guy’s!) and high, sculpted cheekbones. There is a lot of material to work with. I really am looking forward to seeing what Thorin looks like in all his dwarfish glory!! And the adventure continues . . .

  79. @Angie, Lord Byron? (I think it was said of Caroline Lamb – memo to self: check back on long-ago references; actually, it suited Byron. On a par with Heathcliffe). And Gisborne is firmly in that category.

    Curses! I’m a goat-star with feet firmly on ground and very decorous. Curses on parents who presented an 11th birthday pressie of Wuthering Heights! (no curses, great parents). But there is always the imagination luring us on, while earning livings and trying to be objective and analytical. Ha!

    @Frenz: this post is getting out of hand. I blame you. Well, there is an English actor who might shoulder some responsibility. “Shoulder(s)”? Freudian slip?

  80. @fitzg,

    Lady Caroline Lamb said those words about Lord Byron, that he was “mad, bad and dangerous to know.” And Gisborne, oh, yes–the bad boy who is so irresistible.

    I am currently reading Northanger Abbey and enjoying Catherine Morland and her quite vivid imagination (I finally made it through Mansfield Park. I am just never going to cotton to the delicate and very, very good Fanny Price the way I do to other Austen heroines, I fear). I read a huge amount of gothic romances as an early adolescent–Jane Eyre at 10 and many more to follow, passed down to me by my older sisters–so I rather relate to dear Catherine, even if she is a bit of a goose at times. :D Oh, Imagination–it’s a grand thing.

    I can still be objective and analytical when it comes to RL writing. But I fear that otherwise I’ve quite lost it when it comes to Stanley Stunning, the Bearded Beauty, the Thinking Woman’s Greek God-like Greek, Mr. A. And yeah, I lay the blame on those magnificent broad shoulders of his, absolutely.

  81. Indeed, outside RL work and responsibities, the imagination has free rein. Thankfully.

    As 20-2st C women, it’s very difficult to relate to Fanny Price and Anne Etliot. A cultural thing. I did read an “explanation” of Anne by an Austen academic, which purported to indicate Miss Austen’s attempt to depict Anne as the “good” side of herself. But Anne and Fanny just frustrate me. I think Jane was more Elizabeth Bennet herself,and probably Emma in youth. Northanger is missing from my bookself.

    In teens and 20’s I devoured the so-called gothics of Mary Stewart and Dorothy Eden. Do you know them? They were literate writers

    Hunting for Northanger and Catherine in the second-hand shops…. if all else fails, Amazon or Chapters/Indigo :)

  82. Yeah, It think it’s just a different mindset. I can’t quite relate to Fanny. Ann Elliot is a little easier, but I definitely prefer Lizzie and Emma. I’m having fun with NA because it is a bit of a satire of the fantastical novels that were so popular about that time with ruined abbeys and secret rooms and blood-curdling screams in the night . . . Mary Stewart! Nine Coaches Waiting. Moon-Spinner, Airs Above the Ground, This Rough Magic . . . Oh yes. And Dorothy Eden, too. Also read a lot of Victoria Holt back in the day. Yes, there were some very literate “mistresses of romantic suspense,” as they were often called. I just read so many I think I overdosed at one point LOL I’ve always read a lot of mysteries. Got into them through my older sisters, too–reading their Penguin paperbacks of Agatha Christie mysteries.

    I have all Jane’s works on the Kindle–that is why I am working my way through them. I have the complete works of Shakespeare, also, but not sure if I will read it ALL.

  83. Quick threadnap … or is it “comment-box nap”?! RAF – hope things settle down in your household!!! Our son has just been given a job which will mean he will have to find a place to live – either that or he will have to commute which will mean long days. I would love everything to fall into place easily for my children, but as a parent, it never seems to do so!
    I’m not quite sure what it will be like with only one child left at home.

    @Angie above – I absolutely love Mary Stewart novels! Almost bought an audio narration of “Rose Cottage” last night :)

  84. Mulinbinba,

    Best wishes for your son–one of my young co-workers has a long daily commute and it does take its toll after a while. But he is also grateful to have a job in this economy . . .
    I need to check and see if any of Mary Stewart’s stuff is available on Kindle . . . or look them up used. I haven’t read them in years but the fact so many titles started popping into my head is a clear indicator I enjoyed them, as I am a notorious bookworm and they began to run together after a while LOL So many books, so little time . . .

  85. Sure sign of aging! Reverting to the books of our teens and twenties! And then there are the historical novels (before they turned into bodice- rippers; OK, read those, too), Anya Seton :D and Mary Renault et al. I’ve been looking for the cast for “Katherine” since I was 14. Found them! Mr. A as John of Gaunt and Cate B as Katherine!!

    @Get son sorted and get back here – we’re turning into a Ladies’ Reading Circle! :D

  86. Last sentence was to Raf. Keyboard slipped.

  87. The son is almost sorted. LOL! One more week or so and he should be situated for next fall.

  88. While photos are printing…re: LRC (Ladie’s Reading Circle)…has anyone read Christy by Catherine Marshall? One of my all time favs!!

    Yay, for sorted sons…that’s the best kind!! Wonder where mine are right now?! Ta-ta and Happy Valentine’s Day to all you Romantics at Heart!!

  89. @NovemberBride, please elucidate further on “Christy”.How have I missed that?

    @Frenz. Motherhood is a life sentence. My son is only 4 years younger than Mr. A. Which, of course, renders an actor crush beyond the pale. Well, I’m still 30 in the mind. I don’t phone son and family any more after every snowstorm, to make ceratin everyone is safe. Told him a couple of years ago that I wasn’t doing this. He’s mature and a crack driver. Did he sound a wee bit disappointed? Anyway, apres snowstorms, he shoots off an e-mail to confirm everyone is safe and sound. RATHER nice chap :D! Not sure i deserve him…

  90. @Novemberbride,

    I read Christy as a young girl and it’s one of my favs, although it’s been a while since I last read it. I actually picked up a nice hardback edition of it at our library’s used book sale.
    Very inspiring. I loved Fairlight . . . my mom’s people are from the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee so I somehow related to a lot of those characters.


    You are so right. My mother never stopped worrying about me. As long as she remained at the farmhouse, no matter how late it was I got home from an event, she wanted me to toot my horn when I passed so she would know I had made it safely home. After she moved to the assisted living facility, she wanted me to call her. Bless her heart, she fell asleep so early I just didn’t have the heart to wake her up . . .

    On the day she died, she held on six hours after they shut off everything but palliative care. My husband sent my sisters and me out of the room finally to get something to eat and do you know, only moments after we got downstairs he called to tell us to come back.

    She passed away with us around her in a circle holding hands. But I do believe somewhere in her consciousness she didn’t want her girls to actually have to see her die.
    I believe she is still watching out for me somewhere.

  91. @fitzg, you missed like I did probably because Christy was released about the time you and I were going to college, marrying and having babies!! It was a bestseller and later the Christy TV series in the mid-90’s was based on it. I discovered the book nilne years ago after catching an episode on the Hallmark Channel.

    Reader’s Digest version: Christy is considered a historical fiction novel…young Christy goes to the Great Smoky Mountains in TN to teach in a missionschool. She encounters the perils of moonshining, family feuds, prejudice and finds romance. The best part of it, is…it’s based on Catherine Marshall’s mother’s experiences, Leonora Woods, in the early 1900’s and is beautifully written! Mrs. Marshall also wrote, A Man Called Peter, based on her husband, Peter Marshall, US Senate Chaplain in the late 40’s.

  92. @fitzg,

    He sounds wonderful. I hope my son is as thoughtful. : )


    It’s a wonderful thing to have peace about a parent’s death. I’m glad you have such a good memory. I was with my dad when he died, and I wouldn’t take anything for that experience. It was one of the greatest of my life.


    I also read Christy years ago, and it is indeed inspirational. I also loved A Man Called Peter. : )

  93. Thanks to all for Christy references. I’ll be looking for it.

    @Angie: it’s St. V’s Day and about hope. But love. When our beloved (they broke the mould?) father died, younger brother and sister were there with me. We knew what was coming. Little sister pur her hand on Dad’s shoulder, I put hand on hers, and brother put his hand on ours. In our minda, Dad did not go alone.

    None of us is religious per se,and don’t practise within any church. But there is a strong sense of faith and community and our family closeness.

    Yes, son is great. Even though he’s landed me with two cats! I like DOGS! :)

  94. My mother’s last words to me, spoken only hours before she had a heart attack and lapsed into unconsciousness, I will never forget. The nurse asked her who I was (I was standing at the foot of the bed) and she looked at me with those big pansy blue eyes and said, ‘Oh, that’s me youngest.” The nurse asked her if I was spoiled, and she paused for a second and smiled in that girlish way of hers and said, “Oh, not too bad.”

    I treasure that she knew who I was right up until those last days of her life. They were agonizing in many ways, especially those last hours, but, yes, I was so very glad we all got to be there together when she did pass away. As my sister said, those last terrible hours were almost a gift in the sense that let us see how much better it would be for HER to be released from this life. And so we said, “Mama dear, you have done a wonderful job. We will look out for each other. Now it’s OK for you to let go . . .”

    She opened her eyes for the first time in about 10 days, looked at my oldest sister, and then shortly thereafter breathed her last breath.

    I should add that the staff on that ICU at Baptist South was wonderful. Having to sign those papers was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. But our mother had made it clear she did NOT want to be kept alive through artificial means if there was no quality of life left for her. And so we honored her wishes as good daughters would do.

  95. If any of you are so inclined, check out Lots of info there! The book Christy and the series revolve around a love triangle not unlike that of BBC’s Robin Hood. And there really is a Reader’s Digest edition! I have one sitting on my shleves. I’m fortunate to also have a signed copy of Christy! Isn’t ebay wonderful??! Now, if I could just find a Guy action figure there…

  96. Awwwww . . . this is going to sound totally kooky, but it is Valentine’s Day and RA IS getting ready to play a dwarf . . . one of my good friends and fellow Lions is, in fact, a dwarf, Colin “Big C” MacGuire. Well, Colin has found a long-distance love down in Texas, another little person. He has been out to visit her a few times now and just got back from a visit. Sent her roses today and said he got her text message back how much she loved them . . . apparently they had a VERY good time during this last visit, as “what happens in Texas stays in Texas” ;) . . . It can’t be easy being a little person in a big world, so I am just very glad my little friend with the great big heart has found someone special. *sigh*

  97. That is lovely, Angie!

    All the very Colin and his lady!

  98. Keyboard slipped again.

    All the very BEST to Colin!

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