Let’s make hay while the sun shines – and continue on with the RA Challenge. I am uber-pleased that my little distraction has received an enthusiastic response. If you haven’t yet, please also check the answers to Day 1 on other blogs:
- Herba hasn’t yet posted her own answers, but is offering her blog to host guest commenters, both in English and in German. (I’d also like to add here that it was actually because of a chat I had with Herba, that I started looking for a new fandom challenge.)
- Luscinnia is answering the challenge in blocks and has already gone through questions 1 to 7.
- Servetus is kindly offering her blog for guest posts on the challenge
- For German speakers, Nellindreams is answering the challenge in German and has already picked a few random questions for her first response.
- In a combined post, Zeesmuse not only finally finishes watching BS, but also recounts how she first encountered RA.
- Over on tumblr, Queenoferebor1204 has responded to Day 1 of the challenge.
- Mezzmerizedbyrichard has not answered yet but promises to answer the challenge in gifs – that could be really interesting!
- Totallyradioactive15 goes through Qs 1 and 2 – I’m glad to see she didn’t “recognise the greatness” at first sight, either ;-).
Hope I haven’t missed any other responses. And now to my #2.
♡ #2 The Moment That Made Me Fall In Love With RA
Hm. I think I am going to answer this in moving images, again.
Hard to pin down the *exact* moment. Mind you, it could have been this:
I would like to say that I saw greatness in the acting, or was struck by how kind and friendly the actor communicated with his friends. He was and did all that, and I recognised that eventually, but the thunderbolt moment was simply a matter of raw emotion: I just totally fell for this tragic character, and the video above is extremely good at compiling the scenes that reveal Guy’s inner yearnings and hopes, usually buried beneath leather, a sneer and a bloodied sword.
However corny RH the show was, Richard played Guy as a character with several layers beyond the cardboard cut-out henchman/baddie of the piece. And it is always in the silent moments and split-second, almost imperceptible movements – the flutter of the eyelashes, the barely open lips, the slow tilt of the head – which give away the other side of Guy. Sure, the outward attractiveness of the actor, who lends his face and body to the character, greatly helps. And the script that calls for a conflicted character, does too. But all of that would fall flat if it wasn’t for the capabilities of the actor. I don’t think I consciously recognised this – I just emotionally responded to the details.
Hm. Maybe this is the wrong answer to the challenge question. It looks as if I’m describing how I fell in love with the character, not with RA. Ahem, a frequently encountered fangirl-fallacy. Guy of Gisborne ≠ RA. Character ≠ actor. So when it comes to RA the man, I guess the moment I was completely smitten by him, is this:
This was virtually one of the first pieces I reblogged on tumblr in April 2012, and what I wrote then, describes pretty accurately what it is I fell for:
- I love the way he smiles so mischievously with his eyes. Ha! What else with? The man is half-hidden under his beard. And he isn’t even in costume *rofl*.
- His voice!!!!!!!!!!!!! Particularly when he says “Would you like to be a bit more specific?” He goes down two octaves, it seems, and his voice hits me right in my belly (or possibly a few inches lower *blushes*)
- Total onslaught: Combination of deep voice with *that* crinkled brow and look from under the lashes when he says “I’ve got forty years to talk about!” *thud* The man is a coquette! He enjoys being 40 (coquetting with it!) and brandishing his age around – because he knows he’s still as hot as he was seven years ago.
- The encouraging, friendly smile he gives to the journalist after he has just taken the piss out of her. Soooo nice – just shows such a sensitive awareness of what he has just done, namely cut across her and made her look like a bit of a fool, but he is taking it back, acknowledging his cheekiness and making it extra easy for her to ask the question again. How sweet is that???
- He does come across a bit more masculine than during Spooks time – he has more of the John Porter bulk than the Lucas North sinewy strength. And I like that. I am not a beard fan AT ALL, but it suits him with the strength and confidence he is showing at the mo.
- The way a shadow of relief passes over his face when he feels the interview is over – he really is not a fan of standing in the lime-light, it seems, and that makes him even more adorable than he is, anyway, because his modesty is a great credit to him.
Again – some outward attractiveness, but also a lot of what goes on behind the handsome facade. The cheekiness, the shyness, the wit, the mixture of fun and earnestness, the desire to please, the obvious pleasure when receiving a positive response… And a lot of innocent fangirling on my part. Take it as a historic document 😉.
I could go on, but I think that’s enough.
On a different note – I am quite excited today because this afternoon, some RL fangirling may commence. Our wonderful fellow fan Helen is coming over to Ireland for one of her bead/glass working workshops, and she will stay with me for the night before travelling on to the “Wild West” where Pilgrimage was filmed. Lots of things to chat about – it has been a year since I last saw her. I better get cracking then – I suspect I won’t have time to compile tomorrow’s weekly round-up later tonight 😇.
Now over to you – any thoughts on the “thunderbolt” moment when RA love struck? Blog, leave comments, write a guest-blog! Looking forward to hear your “aha-experience”.