I SAW SOMETHING FINE
After reading Armitage fans Judiang’s and zan’s accounts of attending the cast party for the Pinter/Proust staged reading at the 92nd St. Y, it has really been nagging me that Richard Armitage seemed so curious about them. They both report that he was very aware that they, acknowledged fans of his, were present. And that he kept looking over at them. What was he thinking??
Richard Armitage and Sheila, one of my favorite pics!
This is kind of along the lines of what occurred to me after Lady Oakenshield’s encounter with the man in Australia in May. She recently shared her story again HERE. At the time I was pondering the impact his fans have on him. What can you be thinking when a person comes up to you and says “You are so wonderful, just give me your signature on this, just take a picture with me, I love you, you’re great and thank you, thank you, thank you”? Do you just think, <sigh> let me get this over with? Do you think, Wow this is pretty nice? Do you think, Who is this person?
Lady Oakenshield with Richard Armitage in May 2013
It inspired me to write this POST called Dreamlover. I’m no poet, certainly, or a writer, but Dreamlover expresses what I think about the fan/star dance. It’s intimate and unknown at the same time. Let’s not fool ourselves, attraction is powerful. If I am attracted to you, it means something. Richard engaging with fans must feel SOMETHING. Based on descriptions and photos he doesn’t seem to be annoyed. He seems to be, well, happy! Is he playing a “role” – “movie star greeting fans”? Or is he being his normal self, engaging with people who happen to be fans in the same way he engages with people who may not be his fans? I think the latter.
Servetus has been thinking about something like this as well HERE. Of course, her exploration is about how she feels looking at Armitage engaging with fans, not imagining what he is thinking, which is what interests me. I find it fascinating to think about the experience of being someone who is beloved by strangers. If it were me, I would be so interested to know who these people are. Maybe he doesn’t think about it, but I imagine/hope he does.
This is all speculation and just my thoughts, but since I have been a fan so often, the interaction of fan with star is very interesting to me. I know Morrighan’s Muse has often said that stars are just ordinary people, but to fans they are not. We are in awe of them, we can’t believe it when they even look at us, we are happy to just see them in the flesh, to confirm their reality, to get their attention for even a brief moment. It’s an exchange of energy! Zap! Anyone who has engaged with their celebrity “crush” can attest to that!!
When I was interacting with Hugh Jackman back in 2004, any interchange I had with him was PACKED WITH POWER! The fact that he seemed to recognize me from one encounter to the next was pretty amazing. I feel that he acknowledged me and, although what the hell difference does it make?, it meant a lot to me at the time. I imagine a lot of the folks who interacted with RA last week feel the same way.
I am a big fan of Dorothy Dunnett’s “Lymond Chronicles”. Lymond is a 16th century hero. He saves France, Scotland, and Russia at various times, as well as friends and family. Many also die, sadly. He is a charismatic man with extraordinary abilities. And flexible morals. He is one of my favorite fictional characters. One thing that Dunnett has him acknowledge is that he believes that *ordinary* people interacting with him enriches that person’s life. So that, although normal life can be, well, boring, when one interacts with a charismatic personality, life becomes vivid and exciting. That’s what I think about interacting with *stars*. Even though it is business as usual for them, it is an exciting *moment* for those of us who are not privy to that level of energy. (The first book of the Lymond Chronicles is “The Game of Kings”. HIGHLY recommended, with the caveat that you must KEEP READING when you feel like giving up. It’s a challenging book!!)
OK, time for a pretty picture.
I saw something FINE when I saw Richard Armitage interacting with his fans – at the Pinter/Proust event, at the various DOS premieres, in Sydney in May, at last years AUJ events….and on and on and on. No one has ever reported him to be nasty or impatient with them. He is invariably polite and pleasant, although maybe more enthusiastic at some events than others.
Love you, Richard Armitage!! For all of us who have yet to *interact* with you – we all are wishing we have the chance! We, your *fans*, are so grateful for your gracious acceptance of our admiration. We want nothing more than to make you happy, because you have given so much that makes us happy.