This is the sort of material that sweetens up the downtime between Christmas and New Year. Richard is interviewed by Hey U Guys for Stay Close. It’s Zoom call together with Harlan Coben, but it’s 13+ minutes long and it goes in depth about Coben’s world-building. Before I get distracted by my own commentary, here is the clip.
Credit to Marina Roshchina on Twitter for unearthing this interview. The stand-out moment for me, of course, is the middle section where Richard is asked whether he has learnt anything about photography through playing a photographer. *evillaugh* Well, he can be sure that I will be watching his every move like a hawk… But in all seriousness, I was somewhat impressed/surprised that the props dept. came to *him* for details on the equipment to use. (And I find it very amusing that Richard apparently chose to hit them with a top-of-the-range camera that he knew they couldn’t afford 😂.) Is that down specifically to his reputation as a thoroughly prepared actor, or does the props dept routinely turn to actors (rather than producers) for such detail? I am also very intrigued to know that he has privately bought “very expensive cameras” in the past – yet we have not really seen much evidence of his personal interest in photography as such. He keeps it all private, I guess, which is fair enough. But yeah, that kind of stuff is really interesting to me, as you can imagine. Is he a Canon boy? Does he actually enjoy photography as a hobby? Does he prefer film to digital? Does he consider himself a hobby photographer? Does he document his holidays etc with a camera? Or is it more the impromptu camera phone photography these days?
He also mentions Tim Hetherington again as an inspiration for his portrayal of Ray. An interesting (and imo unusual) choice, which I will try and get into in a separate post. (Hetherington is a bit of a legend in (conflict) photography circles, not least due to the sad fact that he was killed when on assignment in Libya.)
Anyway, my title for this post refers to the fact that bespectacled professor Armitage almost looked as if he was taking notes while taking part in this Zoom call. 😂 Or maybe he was writing his Christmas cards during the sections of the interview where he was not addressed.
ETA: AND ANOTHER VIDEO. I won’t spam you with yet another post, so here it is added to this post: