Yet another interview with Richard has appeared in a UK-based magazine. As RT’d by the man himself, he was interviewed by Total Film magazine. After finishing some urgent work today – funny how the jobs come in when you already have more than enough work – I ventured out to get my paws on the mag. Alas, Ireland has not yet received this “Jungle Edition” of Total Film. I came back empty-handed
but at least I had gotten my daily walk in.
The good news is that Astrovian over on tumblr has been luckier. She bought the mag, took a picture of the article and posted it with a transcript on her tumblr.
Fabulous – and many thanks for the fan service to Sammy! So now we can comment on yet another few tidbits from our favourite. As there are…
Luck vs Talent
So Richard believes that it is all down to luck that he has come as far as he has. Oh, Richard, no. Seriously, without talent, all the luck in the world would not have got you where you are. But well, it was probably said a bit tongue-in-cheek, and maybe also in context with the next answer about fears. Yes, failure is scary, and must be even more so when one’s job plays out – literally – in the public eye. I’m not sure whether failure as a thing actually exists. Is it not simply an experience where plans do not quite work out, or an attempt that does not reap the results as hoped for? If anything, failure is an opportunity to do it better/differently the next time. At least that is how I prefer to look at it.
I find it quite interesting how he is coming back to his profession as an actor in so many of these questions. He could’ve kept it general or superficial, but he applies the questions very specifically to his life and job as an actor. Maybe it is on his mind at the moment – with such radical changes to our lives in the last 18 months, jobs and work have been impacted. Particularly in the entertainment sector. Or maybe he does so in order to avoid more personal insights? But then there are exactly such personal insights – like being moon-struck. I’d love to see that “naughty, dark side” 😈!!!
Oh dear, as a fan, I am going to try very hard to forget that Richard doesn’t like being looked at. No doubt he doesn’t mean that in relation to his performances. It’s his job to perform for the purpose of being seen by an audience. But 😬, I can see that as a sledgehammer hint in relation to other times when he is not a performer but himself. *coughs* Such as a SD. Or any time he is out in public on a private mission. That kind of sentiment chimes with how I have perceived him at such public occasions where he always seems a bit hesitant, if not uncomfortable. Wait. One second. Didn’t he just say in a different interview that his heart warms when a member of the public pays him a surprise compliment? Hm 🤔… inconclusive.
It amuses me that in his response to the last question he did not say that that was a direct Thorin quote. Modest as ever. But it was good to read that being Thorin, and filming the trilogy, has been such a life-changing experience for Richard. I also think that his work on TH elevated not only his public profile but also his art. His work prior to TH was fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but many of his performances afterwards were really outstanding. Dolarhyde, Proctor, Chop, to name but a few. All roles for a mature actor in full possession of his dramatic powers. That wasn’t just luck. That was talent and craft. So, rest easy, Richard. You have earned your position and are deservedly cast and admired. And sep, I’m definitely following another time…