Hooray, I have work. But before I start on my translation, there is another hooray. A sign of life from Mr A. It popped up late last night, and like everyone else I have to say that it is just lovely to see a clip of him right now.
- Focussing on the *most* important part first (…), the #RomanticHeroHair is still there. Well, I guess the hairdressers are in lockdown in the UK, too. Interestingly, more than a month since UV was taken off stage, Mr A is showing no signs of grey (or otherwise natural hair colour) roots. How does he do that when hair grows about 1.25cm per month? L’Oréal?
He’s certainly worth it.
- Contrary to what others have said, I actually think his hair looks freshly washed – feathery and unstyled. Just like – come out of the shower, rigorously rubbed hair dry with a towel, went about his day. And I love the look. It wouldn’t do for the red carpet, or for the stage (although Astrov doesn’t exactly strike me as a regular groomer, either), but now, during lockdown, that’s all that is needed. Especially for Mr Low Maintenance. Also, it’s not just the look that is cute. Despite his own admission that he is vain, I actually think it has an adorable lack of vanity about it. It’s certainly something relatable, in these times.
- The stripy shirt – oh Richard. I mean, sure, it looks nice, but *eeek* I am feeling hypnotised! It looks like it has a life of its own.
Maybe its a hundred thousand fangirls virtually stroking his chest underneath that shirt?In case you are interested: This optical phenomenon is not called the “Armitage effect” but the “moiré effect”. It’s an often seen issue in photography when the subject wears a thinly striped or otherwise intricately patterned piece of garment. The reason we get a strangely three-dimensional efffect is because the intricate stripes on Richard’s shirt are basically competing with the grid pattern of the camera’s sensor. In a still, the two competing patterns create a third pattern, the moiré. In moving images, the pattern constantly changes with the movement of camera and/or subject, and the changing moiré can almost look three-dimensional. It can be made even worse when looking at the image on a conventional laptop/computer that adds another grid pattern via its screen. (I remember the picture on the right displaying a very strong moiré effect when I first saw it seven years ago. It now doesn’t seem so bad at all – but that could be because I am now using a Mac with their Retina screen tech. Click to enlarge). Anyway, the upshot is – Rich, please no more thin stripes when on camera 😉. You are mesmerising as you are!
- The memory recounted itself is a nice, personal insight. A cleverly chosen story to share in the context of a Roundabout promo. It was not entirely new to me because I remember very well when he posted it, accompanied with a picture on IG that morning. Nice to hear more of his thoughts on that little epiphany. He had come “full circle”. Stories like this give some emotional depth to the otherwise rather elusive actor. He keeps the mystery alive by carefully curating what he discloses. This little intersection of professional and personal life felt quite precious. And the message at the end is very welcome, too. In fact, I think many of his fans had been waiting for RA to add his voice to the many other celebrities’ voices who are using their platforms to entertain, distract and advise their audiences. Or to spread a little bit of hope by looking to the future. It’s not strictly necessary. But personally I appreciate the efforts by my favourite celebs to connect during this extraordinary time. It means that they have looked out of their ivory tower for a moment, and that we are all actually on par in face of this virus. Nice to have RA here with us mere mortals, too.
- Anyone else intrigued by the artwork behind him? Or by the floor lamp? (I actually didn’t have RA down for graphic art like that. I’d have put him into the “poster” camp. I like the minimalist look of the pictures and the lamp. Question is, is he still in London and staying in a rental, or is he back home in NY?)
- Overall it looks as if he is good form. And that is simply nice to know. Plus, the beard has been kept in check. I’m grateful.
Stay well and stay safe yourself, Mr A!