Podcasts may have the disadvantage of being for the ears only, but what a pleasure they can be! Red Production Company published their podcast episode of Richard and Shaun Dooley in conversation with a young interviewer yesterday, and it was such a pleasure listening to these two industry veterans talk. Oh, but *ooops* – maybe the word “veteran” wouldn’t appeal to Richard. The podcast reveals that aging is definitely a fact of life that he has his problems with. Don’t worry, RA, so do a lot of us! Let me just say that a) you seem to have good genes and/or the years have been kind to you and b) your audience ages with you, so your appeal matures with us! But that’s a spoiler. Listen to the podcast first:
I have to admit that I always enjoy it a lot when celebs disclose little bits and pieces of their private life or their childhood. It makes them more relatable, knowing that they went through the same experiences like everyone else. And there is the added amusement of imagining 4-year-old Richard tap dancing. Not so amusing is hearing that he was bullied – presumably for being into dancing as a boy. Yep, growing up in the 70s and 80s was tough, and it took strength to be “different”. (Watching my children grow up, I have the impression things have moved on a little bit. But maybe that is also due to the middle-class bubble my kids grew up in.) All the more kudos to Rich for persevering. He mentions again that he gets even more motivated when he is told that he *can’t* do something. The challenge of conquering an obstacle?
But my-oh-my, did Richard just reveal the nickname that he refused to mention in another interview many years ago? Concorde. That is indeed cruel – and I can see how it would hurt having yourself compared to the droop-nosed aircraft. But, well, Richard, look at it this way: Concorde was the undisputed most gorgeous and handsomest aircraft ever, truly unique. Super-sonic in every way. And her droop nose was raised high when she flew. Concorde soared! And so do you! Nuff said.
Also interesting: Richard was in the scouts! Nice.
The podcast mainly discussed Dooley’s and Armitage’s paths into acting, and I found it interesting how Richard insisted that he always believed that he would be a theatre actor. Reason: His face had “no place in film”. That’s something we have heard before, and I am still struggling with understanding that properly. Whether you are acting on stage or on film and telly, and completely ignoring the fact that Richard totally misinterprets his own physical attractiveness, there would always be the need for so-called character actors. Not that he really fits that description. Even without my rose-tinted fan glasses on, I can see that the man is not “conventionally unattractive”. He may not be “conventionally handsome” – but that is *exactly* his advantage imo. He has a very distinct look. No candy-sweet, smiley, smooth beauty, but a darker, more intriguing handsomeness. It’s a face you look at twice.
As he had said elsewhere, if he hadn’t become an actor he would have been interested in a career as an architect. And set design is an area in his industry that he is fascinated with. Interesting glimpses in his interests. Combined with his love for literature and music, it looks as if he is attracted to all art forms – visual arts, words, and sound. It makes me wonder what his flat looks like and whether he takes an interest in the aesthetics of his environment.
I also loved that he endorsed drama school and said that he would love to go back to drama school to impart *his* knowledge of the industry. Paging LAMDA!!! Here is your chance to bring back your alumni and have him teach young, aspiring actors!
So, a nice podcast with Richard. I really enjoy this format because they always go deeper than the usual interviews – possibly even radio interviews. Is it because there is no camera there that distracts and intimidates the speakers? I’m sure it also helped that his co-star Shaun Dooley was there with him, as it was clear the two had a great rapport, worked closely together on TS and enjoyed chatting. Dooley came across as a very down-to-earth, easy-going chap, and their discussion of the way TV acting and prep differs from theatre was fascinating to listen to – even though I have no intention of getting into acting 😉
Update: So much for me assuming there were no cameras…