Sorry for inflationary posting today, but I am pretty sure this will interest you. I had two spies at SDCC, the fabulous Mimi Cruz who has been tirelessly working behind the scene of the con for many years and who is right now doing last preparations for her Secret Origins of Good Readers literacy workshop for educators, and the wonderfully calm-in-the-eye-of-the-storm Kathy Jones who has been on Green Room duty for Mimi. Kathy managed to get into the Hannibal panel and did not go to bed last night before shooting off a report of the highlights to me, based on notes which she took on her phone!! She has given me permission to pass it on and to write it up for you.
According to Kathy, the panel was clearly an event dominated by the Fannibals – which is kind of natural. However, “as far as I was concerned, it started badly with the Entertainment Weekly reporter introducing RA as Armitaaaage. The French way. Oooops”, says Kathy. Armitage fans were few and far between in the audience, which was reflected in the fact that not a single question from the floor was directed at Armitage. When Armitage spoke, it was because Bryan Fuller or other panel members addressed him. For instance, in the discussion on the panel Fuller teased RA about his rather short briefs in the show, and RA said “Yea, they were a little too short.” He kind of laughed but seemed more of a listener than a speaker at the whole event, not just in this interchange. Fuller said RA would have a bare bum in the DVD version. RA said he wore his tattooed skin like clothes for the character.
Sounds as if Richard’s cheeky side – pun fully intended by Guylty – came out in force. Reports Kathy: “Richard said his most memorable time was spent in the make-up truck, naked, having two girls paint his backside and butt crack and then having to scrub it off.” Aha! *gulps* I can vividly imagine…
— Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) June 22, 2015
As for the collaboration on the show, Richard said that although he came on board in the middle, he felt welcomed into the family. Hugh Dancy laughed and said “Yea, a family that kills you.” RA was not personally inspired by Blake, but used the Goya Saturn painting to inspire him, which he has used for other roles. He did not specify which ones. Fuller said Richard was very collaborative and had his back.
About the flower crowns worn by all, Kathy reports: “Richard asked Fuller why he was wearing a flower crown on this head, they all were, and Fuller explained it was a tribute to Fannibal fans (who were also wearing them). RA also had a small stuffed red dragon on his head which he removed halfway through the panel.” After the panel finished, RA jumped off the stage and gave his crown to someone (who it was, Kathy did not see). “That was really nice. Then he got back up there and walked off with others. He seemed at that point happy and glad to be out of there.”
My thanks to Kathy for going out of her way and writing her personal account for me – which I have paraphrased a little bit here and there – and for all our fellow fans. I expect there will be more photos and reports coming in over the next few days, but for a collection of tweets and pics check me+richard, as well as Armitage Agonistes. Ali from RichardArmitageNet has already updated her page with plenty of official reports here, and Jollytr has started compiling a link list on her tumblr here. You can find a comprehensive collection of gifs of the trailer on PreoccupiedwithArmitage.