I wish WordPress provided me with the option of adding a sub title. Because that would be…
Or: Smelly Dwarf and Smelly Doctor
But I am jumping ahead. As the header says, we have a new article about Richard. Before I comment, here is the info: It’s a one page interview in a “sixty seconds with…” format, appearing HERE in today’s Metro UK. I think it is basically on the occasion of Uncle Vanya‘s release on DVD. For your convenience, here it is:
A few notes
First of all, hooray for the DVD release. Not only does it provide a tangible memory of the play, but it also gives opportunity for this short interview with Richard. It feels like a long time since he was featured in the media
but that may only be *my* impression because I didn’t follow the Castlevania release very intently. Of course, short Q&As like this only scratch the surface, and the questions tend to be general ones which superfans like us already know the answers to, but since Richard is always very good at giving something new to every interviewer, he’s sprinkled a couple of gems in there.
“Patient, obsessive and silly”
Hehe, I like his short self-characterisation, and from where I have been watching him for quite some time now (…), it seems pretty apt. Patience goes with his generally quiet demeanor. The obsession probably kicks in in his professional life. And silliness often shines through when we get to see behind the scenes. All in all very likeable, I have to say.
“Happy to be a smelly dwarf”
Richard is slightly muddying the waters here. He likens himself to a hobbit but is happy to be a smelly dwarf? And, interesting insight, “I’m not ethereal or up my own bottom enough to be an elf.” Hm. Ok, I get the not up his own arse enough bit. He doesn’t strike me as arrogant. But I think he comes across very elf-like ethereal sometimes. But maybe that is just the bubble that celebs end up living in, by default, in order to defend their privacy. Fwiw, I think he could’ve made a splendid elf king himself, what with the pale skin and icy stare.
The smelly theme continues
This was an interesting tidbit: Richard’s back story tool box also includes scent! With Astrov a character from the early 1900s, Richard was aware of the somewhat different approach to hygiene. Hence the modern scent of freshly washed laundry would’ve disturbed his method for becoming the character – so he decided to overpower it with a scent. Now, I would *love* to know which scent exactly that was. Was it a commercially available scent? ETA: Cawira on Twitter has just pointed out that RA basically tweeted a picture of the scent.
And how considerate of him to make sure that Astrov’s socks smelt nicely of this scent so Sonya did not inhale any obnoxious foot odours on stage 😉. – Jokes aside, this is just such a small thing, and I would never have thought of adding scent as a tool for a performer to create a character. But trust Richard to figure this out. I *do* find that impressive.
Celebrating new chapters
“When I finish a project I like to get my hair cut or do something completely different so you can leave the character behind.” That chimes with me and reminds me of the old strategy often used by women. New chapter in our lives, new hair style. Spot on, Richard.
Quotes like this “If I haven’t done a hard day’s work, I just feel like I haven’t really been present”, I always associate with a very protestant work ethic. Besides obviously defining himself through his professionalism and professional successes, it also has a spiritual dimension in that an individual’s soul only has a chance at eternal salvation if their life has been spent in toil. It’s not so much about (monetary) success, but about being busy, always working, being efficient. I find it interesting how strongly this idea still prevails in times when the influence of church and religion in many Western societies is waning.
No wonder, though, that it still exists; it very much befits modern capitalism.
Audiobooks and mums
No, I am not going to take the bait. Oh, wait, I just have. Well, I won’t say anything else. Richard is definitely a master of giving answers that fit the question yet also afford him the opportunity to tempt the reader’s interest. So, White Boar Productions has optioned C.J. Tudor’s The Taking of Annie Thorne? Did we already know that? (I think I was only aware of the Jackman and Evans series by Joy Ellis.) But hey, Richard, lots of hints, and so far we haven’t seen any evidence of all your writing/producing! Sounds like he has really helped himself to a humongous pile of bits from the great big buffet of film-worthy material. My mouth is watering already. Also – Richard never misses an opportunity to compliment someone else. Very much to his credit. And – although not planned that way – particularly effective at the end of an interview! Ah, Richard, you are just lovely ❤️.
So, there we are. It’s nice to see something, anything written about Richard in the press. Now I am only hoping that our UK-based fan sisters will head out there and grab some of those Metro editions. Cos the next auction is never far away… Just sayin’.