…it pours. The Stay Close marketing machine has kicked into action. After yesterday’s video interview via Hello! Magazine, today Reader’s Digest follows up with a print interview. This is already available as a digital download via Amazon Kindle, and can be obtained as a print copy on the Reader’s Digest website. Advertised rather sensationally as “We chat to Richard Armitage, aka Hollywood’s shyest leading man, about his most memorable roles and the real reason he keeps his personal life private”, it doesn’t in truth provide that much new stuff. We get a look back on his career from childhood to switching from musical theatre to drama school; his stand-out roles (with some mistakes – he *has been* in other period pieces apart from NS); some thoughts on his method of method acting, as well as the affinity he felt with Ray in SC (“Ray also has quite an artistic brain and an artistic mind, which I related to and enjoyed.”) As for the revelations regarding why he keeps his private life private… well, he keeps the reasons rather private, too 😂. But I actually really like the simile he has chosen to explain it, not least because it is illustrated in the article with a yet unseen photo by An Le.
“A painter doesn’t paint a portrait, put[s] it on the wall and stand[s] in front of it. They get out of the way.”
Well, seen from that perspective, he is absolutely right. Mind you, I think the metaphor is slightly mixed, because the cult of celebrity is something that comes with TV/film acting, whereas it doesn’t so much with fine art. But I get his point, and it goes without saying that I believe in his right to an undisturbed and non-public private life.
Anyway, my thanks go to the kind “Northern Bird” @knittastically on Twitter for the screenshots of the article. For your convenience here:
As for the new picture… sorry, I couldn’t resist…