Richard Armitage has said several times lately in interviews, including the Popcorn Taxi video of the Q&A in Sydney above, that he “fantasizes” about being the romantic lead in a film, but that his face is “too mean”. His Army, of course, begs to differ. We can most definitely see him as the romantic lead in a film! Why did the BBC message boards crash when he appeared on screen as that most romantic lead, John Thornton?? He even admits he “got the girl” for once in that show. If he could do it then, why not now??
Romantic leads are not always pretty boys. RA is surely not a Leonardo DiCaprio type pretty boy. He has a man’s face, not a boy’s. He has a no nonsense look about him, that is, in my opinion, heroic, if not beautiful. He does look tough. He looks like he can kick some ass. He has certainly proved that by playing Thorin, Porter, and Lucas North. To say nothing of Guy of Gisborne, who is the bad guy and certainly not the “romantic lead”. But he brought more romance to his bad guy than the so-called lead brought to his good guy.
Why does he keep saying this, though? I wonder if he’s just teasing. In the Q&A video he says to the audience “You agree?” and then the interviewer says “I think you’re right. You do look inherently evil”. And he says “I do!”. Like he’s trying to convince us, but he knows he won’t.
Seriously, though, I bet he does have a hard time with casting. Also, he’s British. American film makers like to case Brits as the bad guy. Like Benedict Cumberbatch in the Star Trek movie. And Sean Bean in just about every movie. You’d think casting directors would be a bit more adventurous.
Thanks to YouTube for the video and RichardArmitageNet.com for the Lucas picture.