Interesting comments & artistic renderings of RA as Thorin from the onering.net website
Comment #1 >As for yesterday's Hobbit press conference, I was just thrilled to see Bilbo and all the dwarves together. The enthusiasm and the camaraderie was wonderful to see. Some look kinda dwarvish already!
I'm really geeked about Thorin, though. Richard Armitage looks very regal and stern, and when he was on screen, I just felt like I was looking at the King Under the Mountain.
I'm not as concerned about his age as some. First, he'll be in makeup and prosthetics. Then, Thorin isn't supposed to be an ancient dwarf anyway. He was very young when Smaug attacked the Lonely Mountain. I just finished reading "The Annals of the Kings and Rulers" from the appendices of ROTK, and I think I remember reading that he became king at age 95, upon the disappearance of his father. So while he's not "young," neither is he supposed to be elderly.<
[Ricrar: Next one is actually about Sean Bean as Boromir in LOTR with high hopes for RA to have an equally fine performance. IMO, RA’s acting is on the same skill level as SB's. I’ve enjoyed almost everything both actors have been part of]
>Sean Bean - okay, I really liked him. I have often argued in the RR that Boromir was both good and actually highly intelligent - and it was great to see that in the movie. I hope Richard Armitage will do as good a job with Thorin.
I wrote once a fairly long post regarding what I loved about the way Boromir was portrayed, and I find that after two years I still agree with myself. So I give him a 5.<
Artist Donato Giancola's rendition of Boromir..
Ravenry's heavily bearded vision of Thorin..
Coley's imaginative Thorin - makes one wonder if Richard's hair is currently very short in order to fit a skullcap over it? YIKES! Please NO! :)
During an interview RA was once asked how an actor prepares for scenes requiring smolder. His reply were words to the effect "you gather as many loving thoughts and feelings possible towards your partner in the scene." Some early pics caught a master craftsman honing his skills...
See link below to a very informative Hobbit article with an RA mention...
Article stating THE HOBBIT is not a prequel...refers to *nerdgasms* hahaha
Press Conference uploaded to youtube by bccmee...
RA interview: RH, The Siege
Somehow the following 2005 interview managed to fly under my radar..perhaps it did yours as well...
Richard was asked what a 6'2" SAS operative(Ultimate Force) would be frightened by and he again mentioned water. Quote: "..in my next role as Monet I'm going to have to dive into a river. I think at that moment you're supposed to feel bad for him because he's trying to commit suicide!" That scene must've either ended on the cutting room floor or was written out of the script before filming. Was surprised to learn Monet had attempted suicide.
REVIEW of THE EAGLE: Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell..
Time for a trip back in history with a different actor...What?? you say..how can this be?? :) It can be when another actor is starring in a film about a Roman Centurion who dares to travel beyond THE WALL...no not the wall of China;) nor Game of Thrones 700ft high wall of ice. This time it's Hadrian's Wall, which at the time was considered to be the end of the civilized world. Well, as civilized as the world was when all roads led to Rome. The actors are Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell as the restless Roman soldier and his seething-with-anger Brigante slave. The centurion is determined to restore his father's honor and his slave is equally as determined to be free. It's an extremely exciting adventure into the unknown wilderness where face-painted, ferocious picts lie in wait around each of the thousands of glens.
THE EAGLE cinematography is spectacular...gorgeous misty mountained landscapes. Found myself examining the authentic looking costumes--in particular the woolen garb worn during frosty windswept scenes of what was meant to represent the Scotland highlands (have yet to learn if the shooting locations were actually elsewhere). Both actors gave excellent performances expressing passionate loyalty to their ethnic roots. The movie is sprinkled with well placed battles, including the factual Roman military exercise of using their shields almost as early tank protection. As Uhtred of LOTN uttered on nearly every page - "the shieldwall!"
A few photos and a very interesting interview with the film's director - Kevin Macdonald..
Attended the movie with my two fav RL men - DH and son. Whereas going to the film was my suggestion, was relieved that they both very much enjoyed it. As we walked toward our cars together, I decided the time was right to take action - said "let's come back on July 22 to see CAPTAIN AMERICA." Our son looked at his dad, then said "she's serious...OK - it's a date." Plans made to see RA in 3D...check!! Yay! ;)
Past Post of the Day: Apr 15, 2010: Strike Back Premiere photos and links...