Where to begin?? What an amazing day it was! I got to the theater line at 12:00. Met Kellyduck and DeeJay. They’d been there since 11:00 and were freezing! So was I after an hour. Brrr. We were very near the front of the line. I was waiting for Julie who is one of the people who runs Richard Armitage Central. She had my ticket. Kelly was waiting for AwkwardCelebrityEncounters. Kelly had her ticket. I was hoping to meet up with Perry, but I guess she had other plans. I also was looking forward to meeting up with Ms.Gigglepants and NancyJonsson. Eventually we were all there except for AwkwardCelebrityEncounters who had to work. By three o’clock they had moved those of us who had won (or were guests of those who won) tickets from TORn that said “Front of the Line”. They moved us to well, the front of the line! We were right outside the front doors to the theater. Finally, AwkwardCelebrityEncounters arrived! Along with another member of the Army, armitagebesotted. We were all there. What fun we had telling our fan stories! Also whining and complaining about how cold it was. And how hot Richard Armitage is! Well, the Warner Bros. publicity people took videos of us yelling and screaming our excitement. They asked us if we had questions for Richard Armitage. They gave us wristbands. And we went inside to wait by the metal detectors. A very nice Warner Bros. representative talked to us for a while. More PR people came and took pictures of us waiting outside the metal detectors. We had to sign waivers in case they want to use our images in their advertising. Then we went in! Past the metal detectors and up the escalator. We were put in a line on the side outside the entrance to the theater. There were large The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug posters up around. They gave us commemorative tee shirts while we waited. As we waited – woops who did we spy but Richard Armitage walking behind the posters into the theater! Then we saw Orlando Bloom. (I didn’t really see them because the poster blocked my sight.) We got EXTREMELY excited!!
Finally we were let into the theater. We were so far up front of the line that we headed straight for the front of the theater and sat ourselves in the second row right in front of the chairs set up for the “artists”.
The chairs with Anderson Cooper pointing to them.
In just a few minutes, RICHARD ARMITAGE would be sitting in front of us in one of those chairs!! As Anderson Cooper came in we looked around – there was Richard in the doorway at the entrance to the theater, right behind Orlando Bloom. OMG! He looked amazing. Saw that profile and almost fainted.
Then Orlando Bloom was introduced. He walked up and took the chair closest to the audience. Richard came in and took the second chair. As you’ve seen, he was wearing jeans, a pullover shirt and a beautiful (looked like suede to me* Footnote in other pics can see it’s not it’s leather) jacket. Looked like blue to me boots with contrasting color sole. stubble, longer hair, but trimmed looking, not unruly.
There he was – Richard Armitage, right in front of me! I took terrible pictures. I was stunned. He looked so different from the pictures. Yes, the same, but different. So slender! Still, so handsome. Really, really handsome. It was a strange feeling.
Staring at Richard. Staring at Richard. He isn’t looking at the audience. Orlando Bloom is though! He is very interested in the audience! Occasionally Richard looks around.
The program begins. There were monitors in the front of the first row where Orlando, Richard, and Anderson Cooper could watch the satellite feed. I tried to take pictures of Richard, but they came out terrible mostly.
Blah blah London, Los Angeles, Wellington. I’m staring at Richard as much as I can. Orlando is bored and looking around. I feel like telling him – I’m not looking at you – I’m looking at Richard! But it is hard to keep staring at Richard when you are so close. It feels intrusive and rude. So I try to look out the corner of my eyes. A couple of times I almost catch his eye. He is very shy, not like Orlando! While RA watches the monitors he swallows, he picks at his cuticles. I stare at his hands. If you see my pictures you can see that my direct viewpoint was directed, well, to his left leg. Inner thigh, actually. I can’t help it – that was my sightline!
When Richard answered his question and his face was up on the huge screen I looked up and thought – there’s Richard! He looked like himself up on the screen! That’s the Richard I am familiar with. How can he look so different?
How weird to look at him and think about all the pictures I’ve seen of him, how many interviews. And there he was right before me, performing all those familiar gestures, raising his eyebrows, swallowing often, playing with his fingers. I couldn’t stop smiling. I sat there beaming like a smiling fool. I was so happy to see him.
The questions to the cast were hilarious. Evangeline Lilly acting like a girl. Lee Pace showing off. Orlando showing off. Anderson Cooper taking off his shoe and sock in solidarity with PJ! Shouts of “Take it all off”. “Only in New York”, says Orlando. When Jed Brophy, in response to PJ talking about how torturous it was for the actors to put on the prosthetics, says “I’d do it again in a minute” (or something like that) Richard leans over to Orlando and says “I wouldn’t”. LOL!!
When the film footage is about to roll, up gets Orlando and Richard and just leave. Nothing said. No thank you’s or good byes. Just up and leave. Richard goes over to Anderson Cooper before he leaves and grabs Anderson’s hand with both of his and thanks him. Then he’s leaving. We say “good bye Richard” and he’s gone. So so sad.
But then – the footage from The Desolation of Smaug. OMG! It is breathtaking. Simply outstanding. Wow. I cannot wait until the movie opens. Peter Jackson is more than a genius. Whatever that is, he’s it.
After the footage is over nothing happens. We sit there. No one says anything. I guess we should just go? Weird. Feels like there’s no closure. Anyway we get up to go. On our way out we pass an area set aside for press to interview RA and OB. They let me take a picture.
Armitage being interviewed. Tried to get a better rear shot. Sorry!
Then we left. They gave us posters and some of us got An Unexpected Journey behind the scenes books. I already have it, so I gave mine to a young woman who was SO grateful. Made me happy. We thought we would stand around to see if RA came out. But a very nice WB lady came around and told us that he was gone, so we all left.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Kellyduck, Ms. Gigglepants, NancyJonnson, armitagebesotted, Deejay, AwkwardCelebrityEncounters, and most of all to Julie and her husband Joe who gave me a ticket. I had a FABULOUS time with all of you! I hope there is another RA event for us to gather for again sometime soon. There is nothing like sharing with like-minded people. We could let it all hang out!! LOL! Priceless!!