The Other Shoe

I hope you didn’t get up early to listen to the “full interview” with Richard Armitage on BBC Radio in Leicester. It was a case of canned fruit sold as fresh. And I fell for it. LOL! I really am laughing and glad I’m sitting behind this computer screen, so a few of you can’t whop me on the head for encouraging you to get up early.

For those who didn’t listen, I’ll make this short. Over half the interview was about RA’s experience making The Hobbit. It was a nice response, but there was nothing new in what he said. I mean nothing. Probably could have done that part of the interview in his sleep. :D The second half was about Richard III but almost identical to what was heard on Sunday except for one noteworthy comment which I’m sure we’ll all parse until there is nothing left of it. :D He said he had not been approached to be involved in a production about Richard III.

So there it is.

Oh, and Emily Anderson was able to fulfill her dream of speaking to Richard, and for that, I’m glad. Good on you, Emily. I really mean that! And don’t listen to my jaded self speaking above. I know entirely too much about Richard Armitage and have to remind myself the good people of Leicester are not quite so saturated with his info.

So yeah, there you have it.

And now I’m going back to sleep.

Wait! A picture, and what is fast becoming my favorite. I can’t remember if I’ve used this one before, but I give warning that I may use this one a lot.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Portraits

And now I really am going back to sleep.

Richard Armitage on About Richard III, Philippa Langley, etc. — Part 1

Ali at RichardArmitageNet.Com has the audio from Richard Armitage’s interivew on BBC Leicester this morning.

If you don’t have time to listen, he says he’s read Philippa Langley’s screenplay and been in a contact with her for a long time, but he also mentioned he was too tall and too old to probably play Richard III. He does go on to say he wants to explore the psychological aspects of the story of Richard III. There will be more at 11:00am on Wednesday morning Leciester time when Richard will be on the Jim Davis Show. For now, this seemed to be more in the way of a teaser and possibly putting the Philippa Langley question to rest.

Too old? Too tall? No way. :D


Finding Richard III

The news is in that yes, the bones found under the public housing parking lot in Leicester are indeed those of Richard III. Any of you following along should have expected this. When the news of a televised special about the King was announced, it seemed obvious the finding would go only one way; otherwise, the parties involved could have been setting themselves up for a Geraldo Rivera moment.

Where does all of this find us? If you have an affinity for history, this has to whet your appetite for more. I know it does mine. But as a Richard Armitage fan, I find myself wondering about Philippa Langley. I’m intensely curious about her. According to reports I’ve read, she has written a play about Richard III and now would like to mount a drama about him that may involve Richard Armitage. I would love to know much more about her as a writer and in particular a screenwriter.

Richard III Search Remains
Philippa Langley at the Richard III dig in Leicester

After the Richard III Special is done today, I’m going to tune in to a live Q&A with her and Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I’m not sure how much I will learn about Ms. Langley’s writing, but my curiosity will ensure I’m listening to every word she says and hoping the format is conducive to asking some questions about the possible drama. I hope you will be listening as well, and if you have any questions about how to do that, please let me know.

Will Richard III be Identified on Monday?

It’s been a Richard III kind of day. A kind of week really, and now could Monday be the day we find out if it was really the King’s body under the public housing parking lot?

Philippa Langley was all over the place. Now she’s in The Sunday Times, and the teaser posed by the Times has me paying close attention (emphasis mine):

I had a hunch: The true story of the hunt for Richard III

An eerie feeling convinced Philippa Langley she had found the lost king. Tomorrow we will see if she was right

by Sian Griffiths Published: 3 February 2013


The story of the search for the long-lost bones of one of England’s most reviled kings starts on a sweltering summer day when Philippa Langley felt a sudden chill. Langley, a screenwriter, was researching a play about Richard III — Shakespeare’s dastardly hunchback — a figure who had fascinated her since childhood. To stimulate her creative juices she paid a visit to Leicester “to walk the area where he was supposed to have been buried”.

Read more here, but not much unless you have a subscription to the Times.

I’ll cut to the case if you don’t want to bother with a Times subscription, you can watch the special on Channel 4 on Monday, 9pm GMT. I know I’m going to watch it albeit at 2pm in the afternoon.

More unvarnished thoughts about all of this. I could be so wrong, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Langley is one ballsy lady. She is going for it. This is going to be fun to watch. No, I’m not sadistic. I honestly want to see if her chutzpah pulls off getting this movie made. I guess you always have to have chutzpah to get a movie made, but again, what the hell do I know? Nothing. LOL!

And I can’t help but continue to wonder where is Richard Armitage and why the hesitance from his agent? That just won’t leave my mind when I would like nothing better than to start gushing about this. C’mon, Richard.

Damn. I hate it when my sane self tries to ruin my fun.

How ’bout a fun picture instead?


In honor of all of this Richard III news, I’ve finally given the King his own category. :D

Photo manipulation courtesy of @maraiad

Dear Richard


Dear Richard:

I just read an article about your being cast as Richard III, and the look on my face is a lot like that of the King’s above — thoughtful with a little thread of perplexity. Earlier I had read CNN’s piece with quotes from Ms. Langley, and her statements about your involvement gave me some pause. I so want to jump on the bandwagon but admit to being the suspicious kind. I just feel funny about this, and especially when I consider the ‘Charlie’ debacle. Of course that didn’t involve CNN or a Scottish newspaper, but I can’t get ’round the very non-committal tone of your agent. Maybe I’m hesitant for no good reason.

One of your crazy fans who hates being cynical, but I can’t seem to help myself.

P.S. I look forward to whatever you may be doing in future.

This is just me sharing my unvarnished thoughts about this. It will be wonderful if this is true, but I hope someone hasn’t jumped the gun by mentioning it now. Then again what do I know about promoting a possible film? Yes, you guessed it, nothing. LOL!