Let’s make this a two-post day: Mooseturds on Twitter has just tweeted the link to an article by writer and director Mark Murphy. He writes about getting one of his stories onto the screen. But his piece starts with the story of how one of his projects *nearly* got made – and then was cancelled literally at the last minute. We are talking about Mid-Life Crisis – a film about a group of middle-aged men who revive their teenage rock band – in which Richard had been cast as one of the main characters. And the insight we get hurts me to the bottom of my heart.
With a heavy heart and on one of the worst days of my life, I had to announce to cast and crew that the plug had been pulled. As I listened to original songs written and performed by Gary Barlow, and an amazing rendition of Richard Armitage performing Radio Ga Ga, on my computer – sadly never to be heard by the public – I was reminded of the nefarious producer of those few years ago.
Read the whole article HERE.
What a crying shame! When the project was announced, I think there was a collective sigh in the fandom. The thought of Richard playing a musician – and actually singing (and dancing?!) was a dream come true. Especially as the lovely man had so often said he wasn’t going to sing and dance publicly ever again. What’s more, the film sounded like some lighter entertainment – neither action nor the dark material that Richard had become almost synonymous for. Oh, I would have loved to see this – and I know that most of you would’ve too. And Richard seemed to be into it, too. Remember this:
Yep, thorough as he is, he had already started preparing and was practicing on a guitar. Double sigh.
What a shame. May those fraudulent producers rot in hell. The world would’ve been a better place with Richard singing Radio Ga-Ga and strutting his stuff on the stage. And boy, does he like the guitars…
Now that it is out in the open – Richard, please, do look for another project like this again. Please! A guitar would look really look good on you.