Am I Going to Skip Over Francis?

Yep, for now that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I did watch the first episode, but man, it was tough to get through it, and I have never thought of myself as having a weak stomach. Let’s just say that episode brought out the wimp in me. After that, I lost the thread of the character, and when I tried to pick it up the other day, I got advice like this below. LOL!

There is an episode in particular that you will want to avoid. A scene that you cannot “unsee.” Wish I had not watched it.

You want to avoid 23 minutes in … up to 30 minutes in — specifically minute #27. Really. DO NOT WATCH IT. You can’t “unsee” it.

I’m not kidding when I say that night, after I saw that, I had nightmares. I don’t ever want to have nightmares about RCA again.

Don’t watch that scene unless you want to hear Richard Armitage in your dreams saying, “Look back at me so I can bite your face.”

maybe you can read the book first cause it’s all there. Tho it shocked me all the same.

while I was reading the book I was definitely more aware of my surroundings bc Francis watches the families he kills

For Ep. 3.12, here is where you can stop – after “make you understand”, then furniture crawl, then turn it off.

Furniture crawl is very CATS. You really don’t want to miss. Turn off sound before to be sure. Horror w/ capital H.

End of Ep. 3.12 is a must before 3.13. But then…there is another…well it’s a bit of a horror minefield, I’m afraid. Sorry. :(

and also this:

You might fear D a lot more if he hides in your back garden… Hope you survive to the end! :)
creepy Francis Dolarhyde

I also had some encouragement, but I need to ponder that for awhile.

Thanks to all of you who tried to word me up on this. I may still watch it. Just not up for it at the moment.

Did I Say I Didn’t Like Tattoos?

Someone slap me ’cause I may actually be softening with respect to this art form:

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What did I say about the sexy back? Yep, I have never seen anyone who could make their backs look this good — tattoos or no.

Other than that, I would recognize that head, neck and ears anywhere.

I cannot believe I’ve said all of this.

Wishing I were still somewhat anonymous. Oy.

And how do you spell tattoo? tatoo? I’m honestly confused, and can you blame me after looking at this image? Oh, you’re not reading this; you’re still looking at the damn picture.

Richard Armitage Morphing Into Francis Dolarhyde?

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One of the first things I noticed about Richard Armitage was his ability to change his look. My goodness at times I was asking myself if the guy who played Guy of Gisborne was the same guy who played John Standring. For the new fans, I think you are about to experience the same.

The photo above is a very different look from what we have seen recently. Could it be that Richard has so immersed himself in preparing for his role in Hannibal that he’s beginning to look like Ralph Fiennes?

Photo courtesy of Richard Armitage on Twitter, and no, the tweet is no longer there. He took it down. But he wasn’t fast enough for the fans. LOL! Copy of the tweet is here.

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Yes, There Will Be Tattoos

At least that’s how it’s looking.

As I said in my last piece, perhaps The Red Dragon influenced the Spooks writers in their creation of Lucas North. But it seems the portrayal of Lucas North may have affected the casting of Richard Armitage in Hannibal.

He does wear tattoos well:

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And Francis definitely has tattoos:

2g28VImT47xQXqgA2BjsOMTrE2GRalph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde in The Red Dragon

Richard Armitage may have big shoes to fill in playing the role previously done by Ralph Fiennes, but you know, he has no worries in the physical department. I don’t even like tattoos, but the shallow part of me is hoping the dragon tattoo somehow makes it to the front of Francis’s body.

William Blake, Here I Come Again

Gee, I’ve been here before.

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It seems Francis Dolarhyde is obsessed with this painting by William Blake. And yes, my ignorance of Thomas Harris’s book is showing. Red Dragon can mean a helluva lot of things, and so years ago when I heard of the book, I didn’t automatically associate it with Blake’s The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun. Obviously, I’m curing my ignorance this evening by reading up on this character and drawing all sorts of interesting conclusions. Blake definitely does that to you, er, me whenever he’s around.

And for the uninitiated, the character of Lucas North (played by our guy) was, dare I say it, entangled in the worldview of Willam Blake — or so we were led to believe by the writers and a statement or two by Richard Armitage before his first episode in Spooks was broadcast. Not to mention, these paintings prominently displayed in Lucas’s apartment:

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All of this has me very interested in reading the book and also wondering how much it influenced the Spooks writers even though it seems they were either grappling with a) not being good enough to pull off an interesting plot line involving the philosophies of Blake, or b) the damn BBC not giving them the support they needed to develop the character satisfactorily, or c) Richard Armitage being cast in The Hobbit, or d) all of the above. Yes, I’m being kind with the last three options although Richard Armitage leaving Spooks indeed had some impact on how his character was resolved. I just think the writing had gone to shit before he decided to go onto something better.

But back to Francis. He does sound interesting, yet I’m finding I have to gear myself up to read about a maniac.

And no question I’m going to have more to say about Blake. I never did get those thoughts out of my system when many of us were in the throes of watching Lucas North. Maybe I will now.

note to self: find that book on Blake! It has to be around here somewhere.

Screencap courtesy of SpooksFanBlog

Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde or Oh the Places You’ll Go — Edition 35, Maybe 36

This isn’t about Richard. It’s about myself and the crazy things I’ve done since becoming a fan. Like some of you feel, Richard Armitage in a period drama sounds good to me, but then I have said I wanted to see Richard in something that was ugly and damaged. But Hannibal? Really? I guess after following Captain America so closely, anything is possible. LOL!

A possible look for Francis:

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Yep, that’s right, I skipped a report on all the other places I’ve gone that I would have never set foot near if it weren’t for our guy.

Let me just say this about my foray into the comic book world. I actually enjoyed it. Yes, I’m admitting that publicly. I also thought Richard Armitage did a great job as a bad guy in that franchise, and I expect nothing less in this one. And hallelujah, it will be for six episodes instead of about six minutes.

Note to self: must check out Red Dragon at the library. No, seroiusly, must check it out. No, I’m not kidding, go check it out.

Artwork courtesy of a tweet by WeHannibalism. I have no idea who created it, but if you do, let me know.

All Right! Another Bad Guy!

I love it when Richard Armitage plays a bad guy. So glad we get to see more of that, and no, Thorin Oakenshield is not a bad guy — at least not on par with some of the baddies Richard has played in the past.

And for those who were asleep at the wheel, Richard’s been following the creator of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, so an announcement was imminent. Maybe we’ll get a selfie now. :D

Hannibal Recruits The Hobbit Star Richard Armitage for Killer Role

By Michael Slezak / January 13 2015,

hannibal-season-3-cast-richard-armitage-dolarhydeRichard Armitage has found a role into which he can really sink his teeth.

The Hobbit actor will join NBC’s Hannibal in Season 3 in the terrifying role of Francis

read more here

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The Tooth Fairy? You don’t even want to know how my mind is processing that.

And for the uninitiated, you really, really need to watch Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood.