Ahh, Just What I Wanted

Maybe I’m wrong to say this, but the new role for Richard Armitage as Chop in a story based on Bernard Hare’s non-fiction book, Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew, is the kind of role I’ve been wanting to see Richard Armitage portray for a long time. A long, long time. A book about the human condition, and a true story at that. From the site about the book:

Twelve-year old Urban Grimshaw is Britains’ most runaway child, he’s even been on TV’s Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting round a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates the two become firm friends.

But even ‘Chop’ with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching, he resolves to clean up his own act and do his utmost to save the kid. But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew – the anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, no strangers to drugs or sex and it’s only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is.

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. “Urban and the Shed Crew” is a stunning piece of ethnography described by ‘The Guardian’ as “moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.”

Check out the website here.

Now we get to see something besides the heartthrob, and I’m feeling great about it. Maybe I shouldn’t say that either. But isn’t Richard Armitage talented, or is he only or mostly good as an object? I’ve thought all along that it’s the former, and how interesting that this role is about a bunch of kids who are encased in an existence created by the mean streets of the drug culture and trying somehow to get out. Maybe I’m reading too much into that. I very well could be, but I find the possible analogy to Richard and Hollywood fascinating.



I know I said don’t give us what we want, but in this case, thank you for granting one of my, er, desires.

I’m so looking forward to this and without the great noise of squeeeing. Oh, I’m sure there will be some sequeeing, but hopefully it won’t be the din that your other roles have created. Yep, I’m calling it noise ’cause after a while, well, it’s a distraction. Oh, I admit I’ve been part of the distraction. I admit. I admit. I admit! Yes, I’m guilty of that big time, but it was never the main reason I’m here no matter what anyone thinks. I believe you can act and not merely pose.

I’m sure my comments won’t win me any friends, but I don’t really care. I’m to the point where I want to see you in something that really shows your chops again (okay, someone had to say it. :D). I hope this is it!

Take care,
A crazy fan who is feeling almost vindicated (yeah, I’m sure that crack won’t win any friends either Sue me. LOL!)

P.S. Gone to read the book!

Thanks to RichardArmitageNet.Com for the news.


  1. Agreed!!

  2. You’re not wrong to say it – it is the kind of thing we’ve been discussing for a while, and I read this quickly so I don;t know, but I think you wrote about it very recently. Question: do you think Amazon.com is going to notice unusal traffic on that book?

  3. It’s about f***ing time.Just plain character- driven script. Real story, real people. Life !!! And hopefully, not too much friggin PR !!

  4. I actually wrote about it over a year ago (linked under ‘besides the heartthrob,’ and my whole blog has hinted at it for a good long while). It’s a disservice to him to cast him as a mere object of desire, and eventually it’s boring. Or maybe it’s just me who is bored out of my ever lovin’ mind with it.

    As to Amazon, I’m sure it will changing something. LOL!

  5. I did reference my box piece back in December, so that may be what you’re thinking of as recent. All I know is that I’m not quite shallow enough to be in a stupor over someone’s attractiveness. Or maybe I’m sexually repressed because I don’t want to squeee from here to Kingdom Come.

  6. Don’t beat around the bush, Chris! Tell us how you feel. :D

  7. Thank you, Marie. I sometimes feel other fans are irritated with me. Maybe it’s because some of them let me know it. :D I appreciate the support. :)

  8. Yikes! Why would they be irritated? No need to answer that. :D Hugs!

  9. I’m not much a squeer either – though I think he’s hot as hell and can look at him forever – and don’t be disappointed if he looks hot in this, too – but he wasn’t cast in this for his looks any more than Matthew McConnaughy ( Sp?) was cast for his looks in Dallas Buyer’s Club. And he could wind up looking like John Porter “before. Serious, good role. I’m happy because I bet he is ecstatic. The other one didn’t change everything. This one might.

  10. I’m one of the first to squee, admire and drool, but if it weren’t for the complete package, of which his amazing talent is a whopping great part, I wouldn’t still be here. I love a character/dialogue driven script, especially a British one, so I’m over the moon about this.

  11. Yeah, I’ll spare you the crap, Marie. LOL! Thanks for the hug. :)

  12. Well said, Perry!

  13. I agree finally something with some meat on the bone, let’s hope it gets released here

  14. I was actually holding back :-D Eh eh !!

  15. Well put.

    We’ve definitely waited a long time, Iz

  16. @Chris,

    Uh oh. :D

  17. Gritty by the sounds of it, just the sort of film BAFTA loves!

  18. You know what ? I will say it now. The thought of him possibly playing Batman (rumours or not ?) against Superman (?) made me want to hurl… So this is WOW !!!

  19. You’re so right, Maisie!

  20. Totally agree, but I’m so starved to see him something, I would have gone to see it. :D

    Armitage Besotted sent me a great NY Times piece on the “durability” of the actors in those roles:


  21. ok ok ok. But someone has to promise me that the next role will be heart throbish. :D

    Exciting!!! Thrilling!! Wowzers!!

  22. @ frenzy You would have gone to see Batman vs Superman ? You are a better person than I am :-D I still haven’t seen TDOS . Bag over my head, I am so ashamed…..

  23. I’m glad it’s a new role and a meaty one, but I disagree that all his previous roles have been fluff.
    And “real people, real life” does not a good movie guarantee.
    (I hope this doesn’t show up because I’ve tried to comment multiple times and get ‘server sent no data’).

  24. Oh bugger. I meant that I hope the *comment* doesn’t show up multiple times.

  25. I’m not against heartthrob! I just want some variety and less posing. :D

  26. @cill
    What I meant by real people,real life was non-cgi stuff….;-) And of course there is no guarantee of quality here… Hoping….

  27. Cill, I don’t think all the previous roles have been fluff, but the marketing of him has been. This hopefully won’t be so conducive to that.

    As for the rest of my comment, it became a post. :D

  28. Have ordered the last $5 and whatever hard-cover copy of Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew from a third-party at Amazon. Interesting choice for Richard but I bet for him it is a breath of fresh air after playing swashbuckling hero types. I will always love Sir Guy.

  29. Don’t worry about it, Cill. No one cares! :D

  30. Lady M,

    Agree completely about Guy. I ADORE Sir Guy. He’s my favorite RA character even more than John Thornton. Or mayb that was obvious by the look of things here. :D

  31. @chris I agree non-cgi will be a nice change for RA. It remains to be seen if the script will live up to expectations. (RA himself undoubtedly will :-D )

  32. That LOL was at Chris and not at your comment, Cill. Obviously, I agree with you!

  33. I am so happy that Richard will show his side of acting. How amazing. See he doesn’t need all the hype. He can show his worth by doing something like this and along with other really great actresses and actors show his worth. So looking forward to this now. Thank you Richard. Good luck. That means he will be here in England too.

  34. Yes, the marketing becomes so boring quite quickly! Whatever the script delivers, at least it’s work – ACTING work! Just very pleased for Mr. A. And a bonus to work with an actress such as Anna Friel. Question – any chance of seeing Urban in North America?

  35. @ frenzy. I just read that link you provided ( NY times article). Very interesting. There was an editorial in one of the newspapers that I read and they were discussing how much trouble the Hollywood studios were in. I then started reading about it online. Spielberg and Lucas are both saying Hollywood will implode. Too much of a blockbuster mentality.If 3 or 4 of these movies tank, the studio may go kaput !! Not a good time for everyone concerned including actors.They also say that big names do not draw the crowds anymore.

  36. The blockbuster mentality is definitely the problem. And they’re in trouble because it’s dull. Anytime you want to produce something that appeals to most people, it has to be watered down in thought to the point where it can’t have anything objectionable, anything odd, anything that’s truly interesting.

  37. You know, I really enjoyed the first Iron Man, I then rented the 2nd one ( meh !!!!) Cannot be bothered with the other ones ( not even sure what number they are at) Started watching Superman (with GI Joe in the lead role LOL) liked the beginning but went to the bathroom when all the flying around started. I never came back… This is why I am glad Mr Armitage is not playing a flying rodent.

  38. Bat ears are definitely out! Thank goodness that one was either non-existent, or nicely detoured. (We should have more faith in the actor’s discrimination. Good on him for having a pad in NYC, not in L.A.) Interesting that Spielberg and Lucas have such strong reservations about Hollywood as the be-all/end-all. PJ has done well – after much struggle and health costs. CGI for its own sake can produce an ennui in the audience at some point. And there’s one more Hobbit to come. With all the bells and whistles of promotion? Yawn.

    Rooting for Chop and Urban!

  39. Well said as usual. Good to “see” you again. :)

  40. Yawn indeed ! Can you imagine how he must be feeling ? He is quite the little soldier isn’t he ? I, for one, am Hobbited out and as I was saying, I have not seen TDOS yet. Bag ( with holes to breath) still on my head :-D

  41. I’m actually really looking forward to the last Hobbit, despite what PJ & co have done to the storyline. I have to confess I’m not looking forward to this one as much since I find “gritty” usually translates to dreary and depressing and I have enough of that in real life.
    OTOH I think that the blockbuster mentality (which is probably what is killing TH’s integrity) is deadly dull. Look at those Transformers films (or don’t, they’re crap), or the endless stream of Bond films and the comic book knockoffs.

  42. @Cill Yes. I have never read TH Or LOTR but my husband has and he nearly passed out at the end of AUJ. He is not a purist but he could not believe they were going the make a 9hour movie out of a barely 300 page book. There goes that blockbuster mentality again. Why make only 2billion worlwide when you can make 3billion (once TABA is tallied up) Transformers ! Beurk ! Be well Cill

  43. TH was in one of its original iterations two books, and there are a couple of places where I could see it being 2 movies. Making it 3 was really problematic (especially since they truncated one of the longer sections of the book, Mirkwood and added pointless stuff like the golden dwarf statue).
    On the other hand, this is a role that’s brought him new fans (including me) and international notice so that he’s up for all kinds of roles including the Batman junk.
    When I say ‘junk’, it’s not because I’m prejudiced against comic book adaptations (tho I never liked Batman or Superman movies). I have seen several and mostly enjoyed of the X-Men, 2 of the Avengers movies and one of the original Spideys with Toby Maguire. I think. It’s just overkill.
    There’s not just blockbuster mentality but fear of originality too: endless streams of sequels to everything, or genre films/shows (vampires for example).
    Thanks for the good wishes chris.

  44. Prequels,sequels,remakes and reboots… I enjoy some of it but a lot of it is boring and overkill (Fast and Furious 6-7 ?,Superman and Batman in the same movie ?) You are very welcome.

  45. Happy to be back, Frenz. The past year has not been great blog-wise, and I gravitated to Richard III blogs! A loss of enthusiasm – for squee-ing (which is tiresome, though I think him drop dead gorgeous etc. .but can’t be bothered to squee.) He does have acting talent, after all, :) but for a certain camaraderie of previous three years. Too many flame wars. And, although the Hobbit films have been interesting and quite fun, it’s almost three years. Martin managed to get in Sherlock in that time. And my son and step-grand love it! Younger grand is now borrowing my RH DVDs, and daughter-in-law is watching with him.

    I just hope we can access this production on our side of the Atlantic.,

  46. I hear you, Fitz!

    Regarding Sherlock, although I’ve never seen it (well maybe one episode), SO is a fan. He keeps telling me I need to watch it!

  47. You must watch it. It is fantastic… Just finished watching the latest season on Netflix.

  48. I am absolutely thrilled to see him do this role because it seems more character driven than cgi driven. My favorite character is John Standring from Sparkhouse because RA made him seem so real and vulnerable. Can’t wait to see what he does with this!

  49. PBS ran Both Downton and Sherlock through January in Canada. (Thank you PBS!) )

    Downton is a ;lovely soap – and the costumes are to die for! : Then, at 10 pm est. and my older person bedtime, I had to switch “brain” to a rather more cerebral programme. (Downton is “passive” viewing,) Worth it, though, Martin and Cunber-something are a really nice combination. Arthur Conan Doyle lives :)

  50. Welcome, Tamara! I feel the same about this new opportunity and almost felt like throwing a party.

    John Standring was the character who made me a fan for life! There are things I don’t care for about Sparkhouse, but I love that character. I also think he was great as Ricky Deeming. I wonder if he will combine some qualities of both in this new character or if he’ll surprise us with a completely different character.

  51. LOL, Fitz, Cumber-something! :D

    I have seen two or three episodes of Downton, and you’re right, it’s a soap. At some point I may sit down and watch it, but believe it or not, I’m not a big tv watcher. It’s not that I have anything against it. I just don’t have time! Seriously. This blog is a great luxury for me. Since SO still has some down times with his situation, he will watch some shows. The words he used to describe Sherlock were ‘clever writing.’ That was only a few shows in. He’s now watched more, and I wonder what he thinks.

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