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Warner Bros Aust interview with Richard Armitage


May 7 2013, 1:30pm

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Warner Bros Aust interview with Richard Armitage Can't Post

WB Australia asked fans to submit questions to put to RA during his stay here, they've finally posted them to their site here

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May 7 2013, 2:02pm

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A HA! Here's the bit about his bloody lip. [In reply to] Can't Post

...one of the most difficult scenes was in the prologue when Thorin is fighting at the battle of Azanulbizar, try spelling that one. We had a stunt double and a scale double fighting in the same fight, I had to fight seven orcs at the same time and I hit myself in the face with the shield and put my tooth through my lip but there was not time to stop so we had to keep going and so I did it with a bloody, bleeding lip and that was pretty difficult.

Also exciting to hear that his next project might be based on a work of literature and less high tech. He has said in other interviews that he has been reading novels. I wonder which one?

Thanks for posting the interview, Kel!

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May 7 2013, 3:05pm

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Very Complete...Best Possible Questions & [In reply to] Can't Post

WayCool answers...
We should all be
proud Pete
Picked him!



May 7 2013, 3:38pm

Post #4 of 11 (342 views)
Nice interview, he always seems like such a genuine bloke...but I'm not overly fond of him as Thorin(!) [In reply to] Can't Post

Whilst I won't deny he is a talented actor, I found the whole young prince born into suffering thing a bit cliched (I always liked the fact Thorin was an elderly, well older at least, warrior in the book, and personally I would have found his character traits much more believable in an older actor-GDT certainly had no qualms about an older leading man), visually it was more like seeing Aragorn's cousin running around than a noble Dwarven lord, and to me he came across as trying a little too hard in the earlier scenes.

I won't deny he was a more forceful prescence than in the book (Though I really don't get where tha Hate for book Thorin comes from-sure he's a little grumpy but hey He's an elderly king landed with a fat Hobbit-I personally found him quite likeable, and always treat The Thorin of The Hobbit (written for kids) as differnt to the Thorin of the Appendices/UFT (which to me remain notes to LOTR, not The Hobbit) but at the same time I wish PJ had cast someone someone a bit less conventional in the role (Ironically Billy Connoly as Dain, and Armitage as Thorin are cast the wrong way round to what I imagine when I read the book...)

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May 7 2013, 3:38pm

Post #5 of 11 (318 views)
As always, thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love reading all the interviews with him. He's a great interviewee (is that a real word?). Smile

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The Grey Elf

May 7 2013, 7:38pm

Post #6 of 11 (272 views)
OT: could someone explain what being a bloke means exactly? [In reply to] Can't Post

Other than describing someone of the male persuasion. It's been used more than once in reference to RA in a way that seems to suggest more meaning than just him being a guy.


May 7 2013, 8:28pm

Post #7 of 11 (274 views)
Hmm, the associations of "bloke" are quite subtle I think, Grey Elf. [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's the Urban Dictionary definition:

"Bloke is simply a British slang term for 'man/guy', with perhaps slight connotations of masculinity, and used only in an informal setting. Unlike 'guy' it is not normally used vocatively, as in 'hey you blokes'."

I would agree that there is an implication of masculinity, someone who is interested in sport and one you could have a good natter with down the pub. I also get connotations of likeability and decency and you often hear people use the expression, "He's a good bloke!"

If it is used in association with RA, I would say that people are implying that he appears to be nice, decent and ordinary; not some stand-offish star but someone we'd all like to meet and who would be easy to get along with.

The Grey Elf

May 7 2013, 8:55pm

Post #8 of 11 (245 views)
Thanks so much for the explanation, Shirehorse [In reply to] Can't Post

I always knew the term was British and Aussie slang. A comment from Philippa Boyens is the first time I read of Richard being referred to as a "bloke." It seemed to be a compliment. And it is if its meaning is consistent with your definition and other descriptions I've read of RA as a person. Always a pleasure to hear that about someone you admire who has plenty of reasons to be egotistical. Smile


May 7 2013, 9:38pm

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Nice thing I've noticed about Richard Armitage [In reply to] Can't Post

…is that he doesn't engage in the type of antics that many 'celebrities' get up to – including swearing – and that he is modest and always praises other people involved with the films, rather than going on about how wonderful he is, etc, etc.

I must leave these boards – spending far too much time on them. That's the trouble with working freelance on one's computer…

(This post was edited by Glorfindela on May 7 2013, 9:39pm)


May 7 2013, 10:59pm

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Second Everything [In reply to] Can't Post

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…is that he doesn't engage in the type of antics that many 'celebrities' get up to – including swearing – and that he is modest and always praises other people involved with the films, rather than going on about how wonderful he is, etc, etc.

I must leave these boards – spending far too much time on them. That's the trouble with working freelance on one's computer…

you said. I love how self-effacing RA is in his interviews. He tells the same stories over and over again but never sounds as if he is bored. Is that swearing comment a reference to MF who can't seem to get through an interview without using the f-word?

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May 8 2013, 6:55am

Post #11 of 11 (208 views)
RA gives great interviews [In reply to] Can't Post

always very modest, very honest, very insightful



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