Oscar Hillerstrom: No, this is the first time we’ve worked with Richard. But, at the same time, I had a chat with him yesterday and I found him remarkably candid, very thoughtful, and a straight forward actor. It’s really interesting when you talk to him just as a normal human being how you see the qualities of Thorin onstage come through him. But, at the same time he’s just a regular guy who is very interested in the craft of acting, and that kind of thing really comes out on stage. I think he is fascinating.
When the Popcorn Taxi pre-interview with Mr. Armitage came out today, I thought of the post-interview with Oscar Hillerstrom. And, in fact, OH mentions that he “had a chat” with RA the day before. Interesting. So the day before when RA was doing all those interviews in Sydney, Popcorn Taxi/Oscar Hillerstrom also interviewed him. That interview http://bit.ly/10D7DdC there, (but it doesn’t seem to be working properly, so from RichardArmitage.net:
There is a lot in this interview that is interesting. The silly bit about “Well, I don’t think they’re all ladies”, obviously meaning that some of his fans are men. And his assessment that his fans are well-educated and well-read. And that he “tries to look after them (us)”. How does he look after his fans? Curious. Is it that he tries to keep a low profile so we won’t be ashamed of him? Or is it that he picks parts “we” would approve of? Or does he work very hard so we will be proud of him? I don’t know.
I think he needs to do a little more internet research into his fanbase. He will find that many of his fans are not the well-educated “ladies” he thinks they are – and definitely no insult meant by that! It’s just that he is a world-class star now, and his fanbase is very broad-based, not just the North & South ladies he seems to think about. I guess that will be a big leap for him. He is so self-deprecating. I guess that is his way of dealing with all the attention.
But now I understand what Oscar Hillerstrom meant by RA being “candid”. The pre-interview above certainly shows RA being brutally honest about the way he feels about himself. I don’t think many actors would be that honest. They probably would give glib answers about fans, and getting the role of a lifetime. But dear RA is as honest as he can be. Sweet man.
Thanks to RichardArmitage.net for the Popcorn_Taxi interview.