I'm sure at the time, being cast as a donkey wasn't considered a choice role. However, when one considers the importance of the donkey in biblical history, one can see that without the donkey, the very pregnant Mary would have had a much more difficult journey to Bethlehem. The donkey also helped the Holy Family to escape to Egypt when King Herod was on his infanticidal rampage. Then again, a donkey was what Jesus was riding when he entered Jerusalem on the now famous Palm Sunday. When viewed from this perspective, except for one of the Holy Family or perhaps the Angel Gabriel -- the donkey was a very prestigious role indeed! :)
|RA as John Thornton in North and South|
|RA as Harry Kennedy in The Vicar of Dibley|
Notice the picture on the wall?
|Richard Armitage and Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley|
Now here's a little Christmas ditty about a donkey which is starring another of The Vicar of Dibley's favourite men -- Johnny Depp!
Did you get a kick out of that?
Now I would much prefer a childhood photo of Richard Armitage in his Nativity play finery,
but I'll just have to make do with this...