TheVine: You have a huge Twitter following!
Richard Armitage: I know, I know. And I don’t Tweet, either. [Laughs] Did you post: ‘come and ask questions?’
Oh good! And what was the response? [Laughs]
TheVine: Someone asked something about a grey sweater. Was that from Spooks or something?
Richard Armitage: Maybe. I’ve got a number of grey sweaters…yeah they can have them all.
TheVine: Another question was quite striking:
@alicetynan qu for Richard-if you could have asked Tolkien a question about Thorin what would it have been?
— RichardArmitageNet (@RAnetdotcom) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Gosh. That’s interesting. About Thorin [I would ask Tolkien] “Was there ever a lost love?” Because he seems to be someone who is so without that kind of personal love. And I sort of did create that for myself in the biography; that maybe there was somebody – a princess or someone – in Erebor that got lost when the dragon came. Because he doesn’t really have that romantic relationship in his life. It’s not a very dwarf thing – there are so few dwarf women.
TheVine: And they have facial hair, no?
Richard Armitage: They have facial hair, the women do, yeah. But I also imagine, if you’re a prince, that it would be sort of prerequisite that you needed produce an heir, and so I just wonder if there was that part of his life that had ever existed and had maybe been lost. So I wrote it in for myself. So that’s probably what I’d ask Tolkien
— Meri (@merilyn066) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Do you know what, I dream about being good at comedy. I just don’t think I am. I don’t think I have a face for comedy. I think I look a bit too mean. I dunno. I would like to do more comedy. I workshopped a production of The Rover which we were going to take out on tour – I still dream that it is going to happen – which is a Restoration Comedy.
TheVine: So watch this space.
Richard Armitage: Yes. Watch this space. What other questions came through?
@alicetynan Q for RA:If you were offered the role what rock or pop star would you like to play?
— Jacqui Coinyard (@Miss_Coinyard) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Oh god! I’d quite like to play Bono, I think. [Laughs
@alicetynan Q for RA: How would you describe Thorin’s relationship with Gandalf? Who is the real leader of the company?
— Cora Triton (@coratriton) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Well absolutely Thorin is the real leader of the company, and I think he would describe Gandalf as an antagonist. [Laughs]
@alicetynan Q for Richard:What quality are you most proud of in the character of Thorin?
— Almond T (@Oatsalm) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: His nobility
@alicetynan Now that u’ve fulfilled ur dream with Thorn r u thinking about settling down maybe start a family or stay with the acting gig?*
— A• (@PortlandOreUs) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Both! Yes. Both
@alicetynan for Richard: Is there a genre of film or type of characters you, at the moment, aren’t comfortable with (won’t consider playing)
— Veronica O (@Chimerari) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Do you know what, it’s interesting because this is something that comes through a lot. I actually am not comfortable with horror. I don’t really watch it, but I would also find it difficult to go in everyday…it’s different with fantasy – battlefield stuff – but when there’s lots and lots of blood, and guts and gore, I would find that very difficult.
@alicetynan Lucky you 🙂 send him greetings from Austria/Vienna! my question: Do you like to cook & what is your favourite recipe?
— mszahorik (@mszahorik) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: I do like to cook. What’s my favourite recipe? What am I really good at? Oh, I’m pretty good at…what’s that French meal where you cook chicken with literally a bottle of red wine with it?
TheVine: Coq au vin.
Richard Armitage: Coq au vin! [Laughs] Yeah that’s my favourite.
@alicetynan Although playing Thorin was your dream role, what other character, in any other book, would you like to play in a film?
— Sarina Damen (@SarinaDamen) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Oh I can’t tell you! But put it like this: if it comes through, the fans will be pleased! They’ll be pleased, but it may not happen, so…
@alicetynan Q for RA “Would you like to visit Russia again andmake a film there on Russian classics?”
— Ольга Ванина (@olgarodeo) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: Yeah I’d love to.
Yes well we already know that you want to hear Thorin speak Russian!
@alicetynan Ask him what is his dark streak? He likes finding it in his characters so we would like to know his. 🙂 thank you. Enjoy!
— Monika S (@nordicdreamer) April 28, 2013
Richard Armitage: What is my dark streak? I don’t know! [Laughs] It’s too complicated! I don’t think I do have a dark streak. If I’m really honest, I don’t think I do.
Yet another Richard cooking favorite – Coq au vin?? Really??? LOL
AND so many new pretty pictures from the Sydney Q&A….