'Thorin has a strange relationship with Orcrist. He is drawn to it because of its obvious beauty and fine craftsmanship, but being an Elvish blade his first instinct is to cast it away. It's a beautiful weapon and fit for a king, but Thorin has an almost love-hate relationship with it because of his history with Elves. He realizes it is a very valuable weapon of the highest quality and Elrond says as much, but it's an Elf blade in the end and Thorin begrudges any favour from the people who withheld their help when it mattered the most.'
~ Richard Armitage, DoS Chronicles Cloaks & Daggers
Deduce for me, you sexy thing.
OH GOD. OH GOD. BLESS WHOEVER PUT THIS GIFSET TOGETHER.
Oh my god, seriously, bless your soul.
[TALK DIRTY PLAYING IN THE DISTANCE]
This is perfect
'Oh, Mr Thornton, I am not good enough!'
'Not good enough ! Don't mock my own deep feeling of unworthiness.'
When I ask about the “visceral” nature of the production mentioned in the publicity blurb, Armitage grabs his phone and googles the definition.
“Viscus,” he reads. “Any one of the organs situated within the chest or abdomen - the heart, the lungs, the liver. Not cerebral or rational. Having to do with more earthly feelings and emotions.”
He puts his phone down. “For me it’s a full-body experience. It’s as much in my body and very much less in my head than I’ve ever been before in any role.” (x)
RA on playing John Proctor in The Crucible (photos © Johan Persson)
"The glory of this particular production is that every single member of this large company turns in a memorable performance, no matter how small the role […] but best of all, there is Richard Armitage as John Proctor. Proctor is a star part that requires an exceptionally powerful leading man. From the moment Armitage looms out of the twilight, tall and craggily handsome, tortured and blunt, wary but calculating it’s as if a force of nature has been released on to the stage. You can almost smell the soil under his fingernails; he exudes a brooding sexuality that is all about graft, sweat and emotional suppression. His encounters with his wife are heart-rending in their disconnection, his scenes with his young, sometime mistress crackle with a fearsome erotic charge. As the do-gooders set out to break his spirit and destroy his reputation you can see the shards of agony etched into his every feature.
I don’t expect to see a finer performance this year."
Phil Willmott, Best of Theatre - 16 July 2014 (x)
Love these edits