Because it is Monday and since we have been remembering the anniversary of NS hitting the screens in 2004, I thought I’d recycle some of the lovely comments I received on the round-up post on Saturday. I asked for legacy fans’ memories of how they reacted to Mr Thornton appearing on screen, and you did not disappoint.
I don’t know about you, but I love hearing the “testimonials” of other fans. I’m always curious to know how they realised they had come across a pretty special actor. And hey, any excuse to post pretty pictures, eh?
Yep it’s my 15-year RAniversary, which began with N&S, although the beginnings of my obsession started a week later in the 2nd episode. I hated RA in the first, ridiculously glowering and sharp-featured and blue-eyed, but something got to me by week 2 and I’ve been smitten with Armitage ever since. I watch N&S every year around my birthday and it (he) still packs a visceral punch.
Yep, Thornton really wasn’t very appealing at first, all violent and abrasive.
Zigzag stuck with RA, even through times of drought:
I remember watching N&S when it first came out in 2004. I stumbled across it channel surfing on the terrestrial TV on a Sunday November evening. I was hooked after the first episode – loved the tension between John Thornton and Margaret, the smouldering glances, and the arrogant air of the cravat wearing Northern mill owner. Oooooh! I was fascinated by RA’s strongly angular features and his mouth and wonky bottom row of teeth!
I remember being very restless at work the next day, couldn’t concentrate, spent time surreptitiously trying to google info about RA. Haha! I went and bought a copy of N&S, speed reading it to find out what happens, and realised it was not going to be a bodice ripper! (Explains why I enjoy reading N&S fanfiction).
My interest in RA has fluctuated over the years; I was never a member of the Armitage Army. My interest was rekindled in 2014 after coming across N&S fanfiction online.
Most of RA’s other characters he’s portrayed I’ve found unappealing and insufficient to maintain my interest in watching a TV series or movie just because he’s in it. I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed by his performances in both Berlin Station and Ocean’s Eight.
John Thornton remains my favourite RA character. I wish RA had played more romantic leads in his career (I get the impression he’s actively not pursued those parts). That said, I remain ever hopeful that one day he will star again in a Victorian period piece drama, and we will get to see him wear a cravat and top hat once more, plus side burns. 😆
The wonky teeth – an interesting observation at that point. Even when watching NS nowadays, the teeth are not a feature that would put me off that otherwise so uniquely handsome face. In fact, I’d almost prefer them – because the imperfection is something that balances the handsome looks, in the best of ways. I also find it interesting how fan fiction had an influence on Zigzag’s interest in RA.
I’ve been circling NS on Netflix for a while now, thinking I would like to revisit it. Re-watch?