I was on the phone with Linda60 last night when she passed on the good news that the new project RA was hinting at, has been announced.
Grrr, can I just say that I wish Red Prod. could find a better picture of Richard? That old thing somehow doesn’t look like him. Shouldn’t they have plenty of yum pictures of him on file from TS? Not to mention that that would be double the promo for his *new* and his *old* Red Prod. produced shows? *tuttuttut*
So another Coben thriller with Richard in it. Reading through the blurb, I am actually excited: Richard plays “Ray, the once promising documentary photographer, now stuck in a dead-end job pandering to celebrity obsessed rich kids”.
Edit: Just found a blurb of the Coben book with a tiny bit more detail:
*ugh* – a paparazzo? Meh. That kind of makes me cringe – despicable creatures that are tainting the reputation of a whole section of the photography industry. So we already know from the out-set that Ray initially is not going to be an easily likeable guy. Well, perfect fodder for Richard then, right? But, ok, a photographer!!! Yay!!! Mind you, could be a double-edged sword for me – if Richard doesn’t hold the camera right, I’ll be miffed 😂. Here’s hoping that he’s watched his photographers well enough when posing for photos himself…
And can we talk about the name? Ray. Raymond? It really is funny how Rich has a knack of playing characters with the same name.
Ok, all jokes aside, it’s good news to hear that Richard is going to be seen on a huge, international platform in a multi-episode show again, soon. Think of the Coben thrillers what you will, but so far the Netflix series have been largely commercially successful, so it’s a good move. I initially wondered whether it was a bit “old”, working within the same constellation again. But then again, maybe it is actually a rare but pleasant opportunity for an actor to work with a team that they already have had a relationship with. Easier to slip into an efficient and effective work mode? Surely it also means that Richard has built a strong relationship with whoever is making the casting decisions – whether it is Netflix or Coben, but they obviously have him on their list. So, looking forward to this new project – while wondering what is happening with the other projects that had been announced in the last months. Are Man from Rome and Now and Then off the table? Postponed? Richie keeps us on our toes…
Also – here is a new must-watch interview, also courtesy of Red Productions. Previously only seen in snippets, here is the unexpurgated Red Production Company podcast where Richard and Shaun Dooley talked about acting, actors and the industry.
The interview starts off with an absolute gem. My new favourite reaction gif – fan service for you:
Couldn’t resist giffing this myself. Mainly because I love the easy banter displayed by Armitage and Dooley. I think we discussed this before, but the two of them obviously had huge fun working together.
Otherwise not really hugely new things there – tap dancing classes, “smile as if you are enjoying it”, circus, equity card, musical theatre hoofer, back to drama school. And while for a long time I refused to believe that he *really* was a victim of bullying in school, I now suddenly understood what and why: his reply to the question “What has changed in the industry since you started”. There is obviously some trauma there, if that is what he spontaneously decides to mention. And there’s a bit of a theme there – the changing of body and face seem to have occupied Richard for a while now, gently deriding himself for “dad bods” and claiming that it is painful to see oneself on telly with a young face.
Not entirely unrelatable, even for people who are not immortalised on screen. Happens to me every time I look in the mirror and that horrible old hag stares back at me 😂 So I am beginning to believe that he is actually *not* coquetting when he says he’s looking forward to stepping back away from the limelight in his dotage. In the meat business, it must be hard feeling that you cannot as easily keep up with your previous look and body… However, I hope the day won’t come *quite* yet. Let’s hope that photographer Ray gets some nice exposure on Stay Close.