May 24, 2011

Those Smaller Roles Thurs + 4am Wake Up Calls + Wellywood Sign + King of Hearts Wednesday



    Lee of Coldfeet - skirtchaser extraordinaire - these were promotion pix for the show...


Sweet, naive John Standring - he loved her and nothing would change that..


Paul Andrews - a controversial role that keeps viewers wondering did he or didn't he?

    Dr Alec Track of The Golden Hour - he caused more heart palpitations than he ever cured..:)


 Last but never least - Ian of Ultimate Force..No doubt Laura, who visits this blog, would never be as foolish as his love interest of the same name...

4 am Wake-up Call& Ian McKellen celebrated his 72 birthday:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/press-communities/5054815/Citys-dwarf-spills-beans-on-Hobbit
A controversial sign in Wellington, NZ sits atop a hill mimicing the Hollywood sign..it of course says Wellywood.  Someone sent an alternative suggestion to one of the newspapers...
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5056455/What-about-Hobbitywood

                       O.K. fess up...who stole his last chocolate donut??



Reward after 2wks steady rain--view at our front door...

24 comments:

Musa said...

I love this, it's fun and the perfect subject !

Musa said...

I love this, it's fun and the perfect subject !

RiCrAr said...

Thx for the kind words Musa:)
I was tempted to put a crown on the king of our hearts - decided against it.

Perhaps the most popular RA characters deserve a slide show of their own. Just might need to find appropriate music to accompany each one.

Maddy Joy said...

Nice post i like this..........Holiday Gifts

MsG68 said...

Beautiful flowers btw! Alongside beautiful man... ;)

Sue said...

Lovely picture, and I see with a bit of jiggery pokery you've managed to edit Maya out of the barechested scene (quite right too!)

Laura said...

Hmmmm..... I can be pretty foolish. Are we talking "stupid" foolish, or "prankster" foolish? Or "silly" foolish. Because I've been all three. I'm just a little prouder of some than others.

Gorgeous flowers!! The rain helped, sure, but those beautiful blooms speak of lots of TLC. Nice job!

Sue said...

RiCrAr,

I must admit my garden is full of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. I used to go Rhodo bashing when I did conservation work, which is basically removing the Rhodendron pontii from woods (which are escapees from gardens which the Victorians are responsible for introducing). Being a passionate gardener I couldn't bear to see them dug up and put on a bonfire, and so yes, you've guessed it, I brought many of them home and planted them in my garden. I love the bright colours. I wonder who's looking after Richard's garden while he's globe trotting? Fancy doing a bit of house sitting girls?

RiCrAr said...

Laura,
In Ultimate Force, RA's character Ian falls for Laura - she's married to a combat vet who regularly tries to kill her in his sleep. (demonstrating a stereotypical political correctness when it comes to the liberal view of members of the military. Which is--they must be insane if they're actually willing to use violence to neutralize baddies;)

Anyway, Laura vents to Ian about her hubby's dangerous condition and the latter apparently has a soft spot for hysterical women. He declares his love and asks her to divorce her spouse and marry him. She flatly refuses..looking absolutely stunned that he could even hint she might leave a man who has more than once attempted to kill her. I won't reveal the ridiculous conclusion to the story without your go ahead. You might decide to see for yourself;)

RiCrAr said...

Know exactly what you mean about rhodies, Sue.

One side of a neighbors house is completely covered with the immense plants. The explosion of gorgeous blossoms is gorgeous right now, but we don't understand why he never kept them pruned to a more reasonable size. The row of plants visible in above pic is located along our front porch--IMO even they have somewhat overgrown..planning to trim them to a more manageable size. I've hesitated until now because they're bookended by globe shaped evergreens and you know how difficult it is to maintain that shape in the pruning process. Don't want the simpler square shape most gardners revert to once the global needs it's first haircut.

Doubt very much Richard had an trouble finding a female to housesit while he's in NZ. Remember his reply during the runup to ep 1 of SB? Interviewer asked him what he missed about home after 6mos in So Africa - he replied "nothing"..then added he was so obsessed with the Porter character he dreamt about him. Remember wondering at the time if that answer caused some upset in his personal life:)

Joanna said...

I like him(loveee him)but his greatest adventage may be his biggest fault.
He is obsessively devoted to his work and possibly very much self-centered. I belive that Richard is good human being but he is actor:)(that "Stanislavsky method"you know:D:D:D)

RiCrAr said...

Interesting comment Joanna,

Being obsessively devoted to his work is usually considered a positive, healthy personality trait. I understand perfectly the 'self-centered' observation. Isn't that for the most part the type of personality driven to become an entertainer?

In Richard's case, however, I believe the egotism, self involvement is kept to a minimum. He has already stated that he's aware of the shallow aspects of his chosen profession. It's really rare to find an actor with that amount of self awareness. The majority of them start to believe their own press and act it out with self-promotional gimicks to obtain the attention they crave. Richard doesn't do any of that, other than to sell himself in a professional sense in order to win a role.

Joanna said...

I agree RiCrAr,but he is so utterly perfect that I wonder"is he real?".Maybe my romanyic brain create him from A to Z (woman have a tendency to do that quite often:))

RiCrAr said...

Well, we know, Joanna, that no one is perfect and after discussing the type of personality drawn to show business, his greatest fault might be a stronger need for attention than the average person. Richard already said he's basically a people pleaser.
Also in the not perfect department, he's admitted having a nasty temper when his patience is tested.

On the other side of the ledger, you have a celebrity, who far more than his fellow actors, shuns the limelight other than in a professional sense. He's considerate of his supporters and is compelled annually to express his gratitude directly to them. The man's physical attributes are far above average, he's eloquent and possesses an admirable strong work ethic. All in all, Joanna, I'd say you've found a worthy object for your affections. Enjoy!! We're all swooning along with you;)

Laura said...

Hmmm... hysterical, huh? I can totally do hysterical. In fact, I was completely over the edge this afternoon. I beat the crap out of my lawn mower with a hammer. Didn't even dent the beast. But it made me feel a WHOLE lot better.

If RA ever asked me to leave a nutball hubby for him, snap your fingers, I'm gone!!

yeah, go ahead, provide the "spoilers"... I doubt I'll be able to see anything he's been in before RH/Vicar anyway. Those things are hard to come by in the middle of Iowa (especailly when you're basically living the life of a Flintstone).

Laura said...

Oh, wait. N&S was before RH/Vicar, wasn't it? Ok, I'll probably never see anything prior to N&S. I don't think any of that stuff is available through Netflix.

Sue said...

Richard's character, Ian, in Ultimate Force, looked a little snidey for my taste at times. It was totally unrealistic that someone like him would possibly consider setting up house and taking on someone elses kids after only a few meetings - only one being "intimate". Looked good in his combat gear though I must admit!

As for RA being self-centred and work obsessed. I think that's probably true of most actors if truth be told. They're like a children that refuse to grow up, constantly playing at life. As for Richard being perfect, I'm sure nothing could be further from the truth. As for him having a temper, I can see him getting frustrated at times when the going gets tough workwise, but throwing things about? Now that is a surprise. Personally I would have put him in the box of being rather docile, who after suppressing his irritability at someone elses behaviour suddenly explodes and tells them what he thinks of them, chapter and verse.

RiCrAr said...

Laura, the husband of Ian's much-adored Laura kills our darling towel-wrapped adonis and stuffs him in a chest-size cooler. There's a screencap of RA - looking quite dead and covered with cold beverages..haha. Will post above asap.

Interesting Sue - our different takes on Ian. I found him to be of fine character - following the code of conduct necessary for military units, while the other members seemed to be goof-offs who I'd never trust to cover my back in a battlefield situation. They ridiculed Ian's by-the-book military style while I found them rather lackadaisical about their duties. Perhaps his towel had me mesmerized;)

Of course, clean cut is definitely my type and always has been -- believe it's one of the reasons I was drawn to Richard. He has a bit of an altar boy, idealistic quality to his personality - love that!

Yes, Sue your description rings true of RA not rocking the boat until someone pushes his limits and then his temper flies. He said he considers that type of temperament useful on the job - certainly put it to good use as Guy of Gisborne, didn't he.

Laura said...

Hmmm... don't think I could achieve that level of hysterical... I'll save my fits of rage for vehicles and appliances, thanks.

Joanna said...

My brother has that kind of temper-He can be quite scary:(
He can dance,eat,work all day and night plus he has wacky sence of humor:):)
Hmmm..interesting..

Sue said...

I used to explode like that when I was much younger. I think as you get older you tend to let things flow over you otherwise you will drive yourself insane by the slightest niggle.

It was Ross Kemp that shot our delicious Ian, the sergeant and friend of Laura's hubby. I think the friction between Ian and the rest of the SAS team was because he was a Captain (an Officer and a gentleman perhaps?)who are usually judged to be upperclass plonkers by those that have come up through the ranks.It's all very well going by the book but when you are on the ground getting the hell shot out of you it's not much use, you just have to do what you can to survive and fight like with like.

RiCrAr said...

I understand the point, Sue, about military officers sometimes not having the right attitude towards those under their command.

It's probably not fair of me to judge whether Ian's men warranted holding their grudge against him - I've never seen the entire episodes...only the RA scenes that can be viewed on youtube.

The impression from those excerpts for me was Ian as a responsible officer who tried to maintain a pleasant relationship w/his men but they found him 'uppity' from the start. His military bearing/attitude never looked overdone to me. But, as I've mentioned before, many members of my family served - in fact my aunt(mother's sister) was an army nurse who retired as a major.(her last position was in one of the most prestigious hospitals at that time - Walter Reed in Wash,DC. She was in charge of the nursery. It was recently closed. Aunt Anna always walked shoulders back, tummy in..straight as could be - the training never wore off.

Joanna said...

I don't like Ian beckause he uses to big towels:]

Sue said...

Joanna,

Yes, I agree Ian's towel was far too large. Would have preferred he had donned a hand towel instead, less towel more Richard!