Quotes from RA's latest interview in a Leicestershire newspaper: "..he erupts in laughter when asked if he ever feels like a piece of meat."(reference to his fan base) hee hee...[in fairness, we're always careful to apply tons of tenderizer:] He continues "You can't tell people what to like, but I can control how much I let that influence me. I just leave them to it. I'm glad to have their support but at some point, I'm going to do something they hate and they've got to accept that. "
[might he be referring to the John Porter role?? Sort of remember some grumbling when the announcement was made...certain factions looked down their noses for awhile at the novel's genre. But, somehow the criticism faded away once Strike Back premiered.] Quoting the interviewer "Armitage does indeed make an impressive figure. The former Brockington College pupil is tall, about 6'2", muscular and boasts the dark floppy hair and features that belong in a period drama. It might explain why, as an unknown actor, his appearance in the lavish North and South in 2004 caused an online message forum to collapse with fans breathlessly craving more details about the TDH actor."
Reporter continues..."But while Armitage may love his time on the show[Spooks] and revel in his role as the tortured Lucas North, the actor is feeling an urge to lighten up. Richard quote: "I'm trying to find a gap next year to do a bit of restoration comedy, that would be great." Last but definitely not least is RA's sweet remark about his fan base "I talk about them as if they're one person but they're so diverse," he adds, laughing. [Thanks for noticing, Mr A:]