A Prelude to ‘The Hobbit’ Deluge or What to Immerse Yourself in First?

note: if all that we’ve been getting on Richard Armitage and The Hobbit this month is any indication, we’re going to drown in November, and what a lovely way to go.

Of course the Empire Magazine article is the first thing to bask in!

But after you’re done with that, where do you go?

Yeah, I have a suggestion. :D

I really enjoyed this interview:

Interview: Richard Armitage Talks “The Hobbit”
By Garth Franklin

With the release of the first “Hobbit” film, Hollywood is finally set to showcase a man that fans of British television have known about for years – Richard Armitage. In fact, the distinguished 41-year-old English thespian has already unwittingly assembled his own rabid fan base of swooning admirers affectionately nicknamed ‘The Armitage Army’.

It’s not hard to see why – with sharp features, a great head of hair, icy blue eyes and other impressive assets, he looks very much a star. He first came to attention with his leading role in the BBC’s 2004 version of “North and South”. He also played Macduff to James McAvoy’s Macbeth in the “ShakespeaRe-Told” limited series, and showed off a warmer side romancing Dawn French in the final episodes of beloved sitcom “The Vicar of Dibley”.

I became aware of Armitage for his leather-clad role of Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s “Robin Hood,” from which he segued into the role of Lucas North on one of my favorite shows “Spooks” (aka. “MI-5”). Decked out in tattoos (as pictured below) to showcase his character’s seven years imprisoned in a Russian gulag, Armitage was a major cast member from the seventh to the ninth season of the long-running spy thriller. Demonstrating his best James Bond/Jack Bauer style skills before departing in dramatic fashion, he also slipped in a quick cameo on last year’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”.


His early apprehension stuck with him during the first month of filming, the actor claiming “I didn’t really unpack my bag for about three weeks, ’cause I thought that I was going to be on the plane going home. But yeah, it’s worked out all right.” He also channeled that nervousness into his performance – “Bag End was the first week of shooting for this character, for me and for the other dwarves as well, and it feels so different. But it was good that it felt awkward. It felt like they were out of place because they are in that environment. Dwarves don’t belong in a cozy, domestic situation. They belong in giant halls and on a battlefield.”

Read the rest here

The comments in this interview are what I absolutely love about Richard Armitage.

When you’re done with that, look at Ali’s list of articles for today (October 25). Wow. Wow. Wow. I am so diggin’ this.


  1. So true about not packing his bags for three weeks – it’s not a secret how Viggo Mortensen wasn’t the first choice for Aragorn for LOTR and actually replaced the poor guy after a few weeks of filming.

    But with RA there was no doubt at all – he’s perfect as Thorin!

  2. Definitely! :D

  3. The previews in the theater alone are putting me into cardiac arrest.

    When this film comes out???

    Madness at my house.

    Pure unadulterated madness.

  4. same here lovemrthornton…cake to bake, decorate and house to clean and what am I doing? I am in so much trouble!! Thx Frenz. A bunch….

  5. Here I am at the beach, in the midst of paradise, and a delicious deluge of Thorinmania–pinch me, am I dreaming??? ;)

  6. Oooh ooh ooh!! Thanks for the links! Such wonderful interviews! *happysigh*

  7. Franklin’s interview is also my favourite because of her comments. From the moment I read Richard caught her attention in RH (big grin) I knew I would like it.

    Each day that passes brings us closer to The Hobbit release, yayy!!

    OML :)

  8. ” with sharp features, a great head of hair, icy blue eyes and other impressive assets”

    Impressive assets. Didn’t need to read anymore LOL. Thanks for the links :)

  9. I understood Garth Franklin was male and an Australian. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Regardless of who he/she is I thought this was a fantastic interview as it swiftly became my favourite to date. LOL at the “impressive assets”!! Good to see other have noticed what we have. ;) Honestly, I’ve done almost zero chores since all these things showed up yesterday. Totally worth it though!! :)

  10. My schedule is shot to hell too. LOL!

  11. I’m sorry, english is not my first language and I wasn’t sure if Garth was a man’s or woman’s name so I wrote ‘her’. My bad!

    OML :)

  12. 30 lashes with a wet noodle. ;-)

  13. Your not bad at all and please don’t apologize for your English – I would not have guessed it wasn’t your first language. I do hope you didn’t think I was criticizing. I honestly had no idea who Garth was either until I looked him up! :)

  14. Don’t worry I didn’t feel criticized, I found amusing to read the reporter was male, because while writing the comment I stopped to wonder: is Garth a name for males or females? Now I have a sheepish smile because I didn’t think I could just looking him up on the net, LOL!

    OML :)

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