I was so happy to open my mailbox tonight and see my copy of STAGED. We've all waited long to see this small gem from Richard Armitage's early career.
Truly a pleasure to see Richard in this basically two-character very short film. He's not playing a baddie or a hero, but only a man struggling with his career and his marriage.
Two actors in a play in search of a marriage.
Richard was already using his amazing eyes to express much more than the words in the text. There's one scene when as Darryl he's talking about being an actor, the joy and the price to be paid, that really touched me.
Jennifer Taylor Lawrence, who I didn't know before, plays her part well and reminds me of actresses with strong personalities of an earlier generation. Armitage was just at the cusp of his leading man looks here, and just developing his acting arsenal. He plays a softer character, despite flashes of temper, than he has in more recent work. I enjoyed the contrast and chemistry between the two actors.
Seeing STAGED makes me hope more than ever that we will see Richard Armitage in a more intimate film soon.
Thank you Darren Denison for the opportunity to add this small treasure to my Richard Armitage DVD collection.
Staged was written, produced and directed by Darren Denison and produced by Denison Entertainment. The DVD was available for a very short time in very limited release.
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