Richard Armitage at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA
This is my favorite picture of Richard Armitage at WonderCon so far. There have been lots of pictures posted, but this one..!
I am so happy for Mr. Armitage. This was a big deal. Lots of big names attended the Con to promote their movies, including Gary Oldman and Sean Bean. Two of my personal faves. Also Andy Serkis! Seemed like there was not a “The Hobbit” presentation at the Con. Richard was promoting Into the Storm and Andy was promoting the latest Planet of the Apes installation. The One Ring. net presented a panel about The Hobbit, but Warner Bros. apparently did not.
What question could he be answering here??
My thoughts following the WonderCon? Sounds like Mr. A. had a great day. Lots of fans expressing their excitement at seeing Richard Armitage in Into the Storm! He is a STAR!! Whoever the industry peeps were who were watching – keep an eye on this guy!! He’s got IT!!
When Hugh Jackman appeared for the first time on Broadway in The Boy from Oz, he had some reputation from the first X-Men movie and a critical approval and a theatrical community buzz for his appearance in the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s revival of “Oklahoma” in London.
Hugh Jackman as Curly in Oklahoma
His next move was to appear as Peter Allen in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz.
Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen
At that time, 2003-4, Hugh was far from a global star. Most people (outside of Australia) had never heard of him. Very similar to Richard Armitage, who until The Hobbit was known only to British television fans. When Hugh Jackman appeared as Peter Allen on stage in The Boy from Oz, though, all that changed. He was such a dynamic force on the stage that the industry took notice. Every night of the show there were celebrities and industry executives watching. I heard many stories where executives went to see him on stage and came away with the idea that they had to cast him in….something. He made a great reputation for himself.
RA at WonderCon
I think that this year could be RA’s year. He has the, so far so good, movie Into the Storm coming out in August. He has The Hobbit: There and Back Again (or whatever they decide the name should be) coming out at the end of the year in December. He is appearing on stage in The Crucible from June through December in London. That opportunity can prove to be his boost to superstardom, as The Boy from Oz was for Hugh Jackman. The press was amazed at what a force of nature HJ was on stage. I’m hoping The Crucible will provide a similar platform for RA.