Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 18 Richard Armitage 31 Day Challenge

A Favourite Quote About Him

“Its strange, because in real life he’s so quiet, and he’s very unassuming and shy, and yet you put him in those boots and that coat and give him a sword, and he immediately assumes an incredible authority . . . He always walked like Thorin on set, and when he’s Richard, he walks in a completely different way.”

 New York Daily News, December 2012, Peter Jackson on Richard Armitage

“We auditioned the role of Thorin and saw many, many actors and Richard really managed to capture for us the very important sense of nobility because he is essentially playing a king, but also the conflict as to whether or not he has the ability to lead these dwarves on this very difficult quest, a small number to fight a dragon, to reclaim a homeland, it’s a very noble thing he’s trying to do but he doesn’t really have the resources. Also, with the character, there’s a sense of honour, the quiet honour that Richard carries which I think is absolutely superb. As an actor, Richard is one of those very rare actors in which he uses stillness and he uses quiet to draw your eye. There can be a lot of things happening on the screen, there can be many characters on the screen, and yet Thorin in his stillness draws your attention. It’s a very, very rare skill and he’s somebody when he’s on screen your eyes go to, you want to watch.”

Peter Jackson, Press Conference in Japan for The Hobbit:AUJ Premiere, Dec 2012 

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