Richard Armitage is currently filming some additional scenes for the movie now called Into the Storm, a movie about a tornado’s impact on some high school students and their families. The action takes place in Oklahoma, U.S.A. This means that RA must have an American accent.
I must admit that the idea of a tornado film doesn’t thrill me. Not that I don’t like disaster movies – I really do. But I find this role for Richard Armitage somewhat disturbing. In the first place, the American accent. I love Mr. Armitage’s Britishness. I don’t want him to be an American.
Then, there is the suburban Dad aspect. Again, somewhat disturbing to me. Richard Armitage is an actor. He is an artist who creates characters. I find it a little odd to have him, Mr. Richard Armitage, inhabiting a role that could be someone I know. I mean, a spy? a soldier? a henchman? a dwarf? – not gonna meet any of them in RL. But a divorced teacher with teenage sons? Hey, I know him!
An actor inhabits different characters. It strikes me as odd that Richard Armitage would inhabit the character of an ordinary person. What I am trying to say is that the thought of Richard Armitage pretending to be someone who is an everyday character in my life is WEIRD! It’s the thought that his RL is so different from the character he would be portraying is kind of creepy to me. Why is that? It makes me feel like he is light years in a different direction from my life. Not easier to relate to – harder. Am I nuts? (Well, I already know I am, but….)
Now, someone commented somewhere that the suburban Dad aspect made fantasies about him in RL easier. For me, I prefer his more exotic characters for fantasy. Mmmm, Thorin. Mmmm, John Porter. Mmmm, Lucas North. Mmmm, Richard Armitage, actor and urbanite. 😀