Oklahoma Teacher Dude aka Gary

So now we have a name for Richard Armitage’s new character in Black Sky.

Wait?! Gary means John in Esperanto? Nooooo! :D

A big thank you to Gratiana for asking the question.

And now I really have to get some work done!

Oh Yeah, a Boring Day on Set

Todd Garner is a character but my kind of character. :D

Richard Armitage as the Oklahoma Teacher Dude in Black Sky:

Photo courtesy of Todd Garner of course.

Advanced Fangirling

I asked the other day if you are really a fan of Richard Armitage? This is a test to see if you are really, really a fan of Richard Armitage.

Yesterday this picture was posted on Twitter:

And immediately a fan spotted him. At first I didn’t believe it, but I had to go into Advanced Fangirling to determine it was really him. Advanced mode is when I break out Photoshop and feel the urge to draw arrows. I didn’t quite get to the arrows, but I couldn’t resist the urge to blow this thing up, and yes, he’s in the middle of the pic.

Now I’m really scaring myself that I know that. It’s the way he’s holding his arms out from his torso, and obviously those are his hands. This is worse than the Cats video. LOL!

And now Todd Garner must think we’re all nuts, and you know what? I don’t blame him. ;D

edit: Okay, you all forced me to resort to arrows. His head, which doesn’t show, would be to the right of the black spot. The upper green arrow points to his hand, and the lower green arrow points to his leg. Hope this helps. LOL!

second edit: this one is for the really, really blind among you. :D

third edit: for comparison purposes (thanks, Kaprekar); assuming you can actually see him in the other pic:

Black Sky pic courtesy of Todd Garner; Spooks screencap courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.com

Nailing Oklahoma

We’ve been rippling over Richard Armitage in Black Sky and Todd Garner giving us some clues about how Richard will sound. He is definitely doing an American accent with the character being from Oklahoma. But how will he play it?

He could effect a General American accent, and no one would think anything of it. But if he does try to sound like an Okie, I think he will have an easier time than sounding like oh, let’s say a New Yorker because the patterns of his British speech are more closely related to Southern speech. Granted Okie isn’t pure Southern, but it’s close enough. The only other consideration for him would be effecting Good Ol’ Boy. :D

To wit:

James Garner (no relation to Todd that I’m aware), a master at Good Ol’ Boy. A scene from Support Your Local Sheriff, one of my favorite movies:

Johnny Bench seething about Pete Rose and good for emulating Good Ol’ Boy anger:

Who better than the Mick for an iconic Good Ol’ Boy sound, and if you don’t listen to this one, you are missing out:

However Richard Armitage sounds in Black Sky, I know it’s going to be good. I completely trust his instincts and intelligence to pull it off.

It’s All Good

What a pleasure to speak with Todd Garner, Producer on Black Sky, about his new movie and about Richard Armitage, whom he says is “thoughtful and smart.” This should come as little surprise to fans since Richard has received praise from quite a few professionals during his career. Mostly due to his zeal to ensure the story is paramount and his character a perfect complement. His habit of writing character biographies has become almost legendary among fans and has prompted some to ask if he is a writer in the making. Garner thinks he is already there, “He’s an amazing actor but also a terrific writer even though he wouldn’t say that. He has come up with great moments not only for himself and others but for the movie. In fact we just finished shooting a moment he came up with that might be in the trailer.”

Black Sky is the story of a group of people in the midst of the worst tornado in recorded U.S. history. Richard plays a teacher caught up in finding his teenage son in the storm, and his preparation for the role could not be more perfect:

The moment when [the character biography] comes alive is when that research turns into the character, and that character goes out into the big wide world and collides with other characters (often the facets created in the biography are designed to cause chaos when this happens, like planting a few explosions inside the character).
Richard Armitage, Vulpes Libris interview.

Although Garner could not reveal much about the plot, it will be fascinating to see with which characters Richard collides whether people or the elements. And his reaction to Richard’s work on set seems to confirm that whatever the collisions, they are impressive, “He brings a great realism and weight to the movie that we wanted when we were casting. There is so much going on technically and with the story. It’s chaotic as it’s supposed to be since it’s a disaster movie. But it’s great to have an actor who in the midst of all of the chaos has complete control and still makes incredibly smart and surprising choices in his acting.” As for Richard’s speech, he will play an American from Oklahoma, and according to Todd, “He’s nailing the accent.”

Garner has also been impressed with Richard’s fans, “They seem very thoughtful, great and just cool. And it’s been fun. It’s a new experience for me since most of the people I’ve interacted with are comedians and fans of comedians.” He certainly didn’t seem to be the least bothered by fans coming to the set and explained, “Every movie with a star who’s beloved and with the internet making location shooting so well known, whether a Nicholas Cage movie, or a Tom Cruise movie, or a Kevin James movie, has fans who come to the set, and actors are for the most part grateful. Richard certainly feels that way and is happy to oblige. He’s a wonderful person who is very real and very giving and charming and hasn’t been put off by this at all. And everyone has been very respectful.” With the cast and crew working very hard on this movie, the only thing expected of the fans is to continue that respect, and I feel confident we will.

Regarding new pictures, Todd asks that we be patient with him and those working on the publicity for the movie who are trying to be thoughtful and intelligent about it. But it will probably be about two weeks when we get another photo. Considering how engaged he’s been so far, there should be no worries.

Todd Garner has served as producer on several well known movies such as Anger Management and Thirteen Going on 30. His next movie Here Comes the Boom starring Kevin James is due for release early October.

Photos courtesy of Todd Garner

Forget Richard Armitage

If you’re like me, you’ve been wanting to get in someone’s head other than Richard’s the last few days. Oh, you never want to get in Richard’s head? I guess this isn’t directed at you. :D Or maybe I’m the only one who is wondering what Todd Garner is thinking about all these women on the ‘Black Sky’ set. Notice I left out the men. LOL! Don’t get me wrong. I have loved hearing the stories. Absolutely loved it, and I think we’re all falling in love with RA all over again. Thank you, ladies for sharing!! And then there’s Todd himself or whoever runs his Twitter account being such a good sport. But I can’t stop wondering what Garner is really thinking about the “Army” showing up? No, don’t give me any bullshit about some of these people not being part of the Army. It doesn’t matter what they consider themselves, they’re Army according to the arbiter of the term (see that linked piece if you’re unsure, and it will also help you understand why the men coming to the set don’t count).

Unless we’re just being left in the dark about some bad behavior, Todd has to know the ladies of the Armitage Army are pretty nice. At least that’s always been my experience whenever I’ve had any interaction with them in cyberworld or away from it, and I know I appreciate that very much. Certainly, there are some nutty people in this world, and of course the media loves to make a spectacle of the Army, but really, what can they say about us other than we really, really like Richard and we (not me but enough of you) send him presents and make graphics (no, I don’t do that either) and videos (afraid to start doing that as I may never stop) and run websites (guilty of that big time) to show our appreciation. I mean how bad can that be? Okay, so we like to see him in person too. But damn! that so many actors when they’re still not well known should garner (sorry I couldn’t help myself) that kind of devotion.

Richard Armitage is just so nice and has that fantastic work ethic, Garner probably doesn’t care about visitors as long as it doesn’t interfere with shooting. Then again, the news media has kept us well apprised of all of the locations, which wouldn’t happen without the production staff notifying them, and Garner seems to love that we’re reveling in this. I hope it lasts.

And Dear Todd,

If I haven’t fawned said this enough, let me say again, “Thank you for the picture!”

It is a stretch to think of Richard Armitage as a Oklahoma school teacher, but I’m sure his performance will convince me. Can’t wait!

One of Richard’s crazy fans who can’t make it to Michigan :D

Photo courtesy of Todd Garner. Imagine that!

Richard Armitage is Not a Movie Star

It’s true. He’s not a movie star yet, and if he never becomes a movie star, he’s already something much better. He’s an excellent person. Do I sound like I have a severe case of CWS? You might get that impression, but I have to say that his grace and aplomb to meet all of these fans while he’s busy working on ‘Black Sky’, and then each of them coming away being enthralled with his character is quite something.

And I just read another account. Yes, that’s what prompted this gushing, and I AM NOT ashamed. :D

August 28, 2012

OMG, I met Richard today!

Third Times the Charm … Squeeeeee!

After 2 failed attempts to meet Richard at the Oakland University site, today was a success. Terry (OH) and I went to downtown Pontiac this morning since I read they were filming Black Sky there and even building their own set on Main Street. After driving around the area, we finally found a friendly guard who told us where they were filming and, incredibly, even where we could park, which was right across the street from the ‘action’ and only 40’ from the actors’ trailers.

read the rest here

Black Sky Fun

A couple of weeks ago I was planning on having a naming contest for the then as yet unnamed tornado project. UTP sounded like an infection, and my control freak wanted to come with a remedy. But alas, the makers of the film have decided it shall be ‘Black Sky,’ which does sound interesting.

Not to be defeated, I’ve decided to have a contest for a tagline for said ‘Black Sky.’ Just for fun. It’s not on yet but hopefully soon.

In the meantime, I asked Todd Garner if he would provide a signed t-shirt or poster for the winner. But I understand from him that I need to ask Warner Brothers. If I’m not successful, never fear. I already have a prize lined up:

Do I need a fake fan letter to Todd? Oh, yeah.

Dear Todd,

You have been so much fun. Thank you for that!

This letter is to also tell you how much I would love to change the picture above to an RA signed ‘Black Sky’ t-shirt or poster. I’m not picky. And I was even willing to ask openly with the possibility of your thinking I’m a nut. Well, I am a nut, but damn man, it’s fun.

Off to talk to WB.

One of Richard’s crazy fans

PS. Can’t wait for “Here Comes the Boom.”

T-shirt courtesy of the lovely people at TheOneRingnet.

Disclaimer: t-shirt will be sans buttons