I was feeling very sad about the Hobbit Fan Event when I thought about how uncomfortable I perceived Richard Armitage to be. Looking at pictures of the Event, some of them show a happy Richard Armitage and most of them show someone withdrawn and seemingly uncomfortable. Some of the reports I’ve read say that the person thought Mr. A. was happy, some have said they thought he seemed like he was wishing he was anywhere but there, some thought he seemed tired or ill, some said he seemed shy, some said he seemed comfortable but just naturally introverted.
At first I was sad because I thought he was uncomfortable and I hated that he was forced into situations that made him uncomfortable. Folks wiser than I said Hey, he’s an adult. He chose to be there. No need to be sad for him. It’s his job, after all! And you know what? Those folks are right.
I have come to feel that RA was as comfortable Monday as he ever is at events like that. I was too close to it. I was in the second row and had expectations that were not incumbent on RA to fulfill. He was perfectly fine as himself. Perceptions that he is a human being, with complicated reactions to life are probably correct! But when I see the fan photos of him after the event I think, he’s just FINE!
Go for it, RA! If you want to work in serious U.S. tv, you should. If you want a Hollywood role, you should get it! If you want to try theater in the U.S., WOW! You are a GREAT, no exceptions, actor. You MUST get a role worthy of you. Hopefully you have something signed up. If not, I’m sure you will get something soon.
p.s. Please be somewhere I can shake your hand sometime soon, Mr. A. 😀
Thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com for photos.