First leg of the journey done, I arrived yesterday in Northern Germany.
Boy, that was a rough landing… felt as if the pilot crashed the undercarriage of the plane. After my favourite food (white asparagus with smoked ham and new potatoes *waves at Servetus*) I am now sitting on the terrace. It’s considerably cooled down since yesterday evening when we arrived into 32°C – but hey, anything that is dry and sunny is good in my books.
Anyhow, while Zee, Esther and Nellindreams have already started the challenge and have ploughed ahead to B, E, and M respectively, I have trouble even getting to B. Typical! So yeah, I want to get B out of the way before I am setting of on the second leg of the holiday journey tomorrow morning. So here goes…
B – Which of his characters do you think RA is most like? Which is he most unlike?
I’ll try to do a long answer and not just write down two character names.
What is RA like, anyway? Hard to say, since we obviously don’t know him personally. The picture that emerges of him through his own words, his interviews, tweets, selfies – and through the praise (!) we hear from his colleagues – is one of a very friendly, polite, eager to please man, often mischievous and cheeky with unexpected jokes, but also eloquent and bookish, occasionally verging on nerdy. There is an obvious interest in music and arts there, as well as undertones of left-leaning, liberal ideology. And then there is the humble, self-disparaging side of him, staying in the background, deflecting praise unto colleagues and collaborators, combined with an openness towards new genres and different types of work, from audio to stage. Negative characteristics? Well, veil of silence and all that, but by his own admission he can be moody and temperamental. I suspect there may also be a propensity to be single-mindedly self-centred – in the sense that he seems to concentrate on his roles or preparation for his roles so much that there is very little else he will make time for. That’s my very general reading of the man.
So RA once said that the character he was most like, was Harry Kennedy. Sure, nice one. A very happy, sweet man, our Harry. With humour, conviction, courage, patience. But for some reason I find Harry just a little bit to cheerful for RA. So here’s my unpopular (?) opinion: I think he’s a bit of a Lucas.
Lucas! Not that Bateman fella! Of course he’s neither a spy, nor has he been incarcerated and tortured in a Russian prison for 8 years. But the whole secrecy thing kind of does it for me. RA seems such a private man, carefully guarding his privacy. Spies are actors, like RA kept saying about BS, so there’s a bit of that, too. Plus, it seems as if RA has some strong convictions that he is standing up for. Not for the defense of the realm as his Lucas alter ego, but occasionally the political animal shines through. Lucas isn’t always deadly serious but can also be light-hearted, he is sometimes very caring (although rather misguided in his choice of partners). Ok, he’s missing the strong eagerness to please, but well – there can never be 100% congruence. So yeah, I am going for Lucas here. Gratuitous photo:
As for which of his characters he is most UNlike… I agree with the others that Francis Dolarhyde is probably top of the list. And some of the lesser known characters – sneering William Chatforth, that *awful* Craig in Doctors, or Lee in Between the Sheets. But here’s another suggestion – I haven’t even seen the film yet, but what about Claude Becker? Supposedly a slimy, arrogant, superficial snitch of a cad? As a “realistic” character (rather than a “fantastical” figure such as dragon-obsessed serial killer Dolarhyde) he might be the opposite to polite, decent, reflecting actor-with-a-conscience Armitage?
Well, I guess I’ll find out whether my theory holds when I watch the thing in July.
Until then – do let me know what your opinion on the matter is. It’ll pass the time ⏳. And don’t forget to check what Esther, Nell and Zee have to say – or pen a post yourself on any of the blogs which are offering guest post opportunity!