I am watching a repeat of the Hugh Jackman interview on the 60 Minutes tv show and thinking again about how much he has in common with Richard Armitage as an actor. In the interview, Hugh talks about how he transforms himself for his roles. He says his body is one of his “tools” as an actor, as is his voice. Which is clearly the way Mr. Armitage also views his “tools”. (Wait, that didn’t sound right…)
Richard Armitage as Lee in “Cold Feet“
I can’t find the interview right now, but I remember that Richard Armitage talked about how the script for Cold Feet called for someone with a “6 pack” abdomen, so he felt he had to produce one.
Developing the voice as a “tool” of an actor is also something both Armitage and Jackman have in common. Mr. Armitage has spoken about how much work he put into creating Thorin Oakenshield‘s dwarf voice – see this interview .
As actors, Jackman and Armitage speak about their craft very similarly. As people, they couldn’t be more different. Jackman is a family man, through and through. He is very close to his dad and siblings and he tries to never spend more than 2 weeks apart from his wife and children. Armitage is a very private man who doesn’t ever speak about his private life, except to occasionally mention his brother’s family, and his love and respect for his mother and father.
I have been thinking about how actors transform their physical selves for their art, and how difficult it is for me, as a non-actor to transform my physical self for any reason. I have been struggling for months to lose weight. So far I have lost about 30 pounds, but I have at least another 30 to go. Phew! It is so hard! How the heck do these actors have the ability to lose and gain weight and muscle on such a regular basis?? I tell myself that if it was my JOB to lose weight, I guess I would be able to do so more easily. I guess that’s why I’m not an actor. LOL!
Do you find it easy to transform yourself in any way in order to accomplish a goal? I sure don’t.