The interview in Japan with Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman and of course Richard Armitage, kindly made available by RACentral, in particular Part 4.
(Any underage readers please skip this next bit...) Peter Jackson's words of praise for Richard Armitage actually gave me an eargasm! I don't know how else to describe it. Have you ever been brought to tears by a particularly strong orgasm? Well that's kind of what it was like to hear Peter Jackson's praise for Richard Armitage!
It's a good thing that I was alone in my house when I saw it because I immediately burst into uncontrollable sobbing. How wonderful to finally hear the things we fans have been trumpeting out into cyberspace from a world class Director about a performance which will illustrate to the world what we have known all along! I feel vindicated! It was a "See! I told you so," kind of moment, but so much better! Because that feeling was tied up with so many others.
It has been rather a lonely experience being a Richard Armitage fan. I have treasured the virtual contact with his fans from all over the world which has been a truly unique and creatively stimulating experience for me. Still it is disheartening to endure the blank looks I encounter when I mention his name in my real life relationships. (Except for family members who usually roll their eyes while thinking, "There she goes again, I'll just humour her and pretend to listen!") I have been longing for the day when I can have a discussion about him in the real world and now I'm realizing that the moment is almost here for me.
But never mind me! I am also so excited and overjoyed for Richard Armitage himself! What must it be like for him to see all his dreams finally reaching fruition? It's just such an overwhelming emotional tsunami!
Here are Mr. Jackson's words which I needed to transcribe because I was so pleased with them:
In many respects I look on the characters Bilbo and Thorin as the heart and soul of the story. And if Bilbo is the heart, then Thorin is the soul. We auditioned the role, saw many, many actors and Richard really managed to capture for us the very important ... the sense of nobility because essentially he is playing a king. But also the conflict as to whether or not he has the ability to lead these dwarves on this very difficult quest - a small number to fight a dragon to reclaim a homeland. That's a very noble thing he's trying to do and yet he doesn't really have the resources (if you like) to do this. And so it's... And also with the character, there's a sense of honour that Richard - (that sort of quiet honour) that Richard carries which I think is absolutely superb. And as an actor, Richard is one of those very rare actors which ummm... he uses stillness and he uses quiet to draw your eye. That there can be a lot of things happening on the screen and many characters on the screen and yet Thorin - in his stillness draws your attention. It's a very, very rare skill. He's somebody who, when he's on the screen that your eyes go to that you want to watch.
I couldn't agree more, Mr. Jackson. Richard Armitage is a very rare actor indeed. But I counter that even though he does have an innate sense of nobility and honour, he was definitely drawing on that natural ability to the nth degree in this role. As for using stillness and quiet, that is exactly what he does so admirably! I have never seen an actor that can speak such volumes with the merest flicker of an eyelid!
This reminds me of one of my favourite fanvideos which was recently updated for RA's birthday.
Here is GiztheGunslinger's second fanvideo to the tune of Filmstar by Suede.