A new picture of RA as Father Quart on a plane is as good a
reason excuse as there could be…
It comes from a Deadline Hollywood article reporting on the comnmencing sales of the film through German media company Palatin Media. No other notable info in there. I am just smugly pleased to see the wording in the DH article: “…world sales on Richard Armitage thriller The Man From Rome” and “…an ensemble cast led by Armitage (The Hobbit)” as well as the headline “… Launches Sales On Richard Armitage Pic ‘The Man From Rome’”, giving Richard the star
treatment acknowledgment and highlighting him as the main attraction of the film. In German, we call the driving force of an endeavour or star of a show the “Zugpferd” – literally the “draught horse”. It’s the name that will attract the attention, and possibly also the artist who will carry the biggest load of the production on their shoulders. That may be a heavy burden for Richard – but in itself it is also an acknowledgment of his bankability, his “star power”, and his abilities. At least that’s how *I* would like to see this…
While I am here, I also wanted to mention an article I came across last week. It comes from a site called Book Riot which writes about and reviews books. Their post is entitled “Listening Pathways: Richard Armitage’s Audiobooks” and praises Richard as a top audio book performer and then gives three listening recommendations for his audio work: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Jane Austen Society and The Velveteen Rabbit . They don’t really go in depth about his individual performances in the listed audio books, but basically summarise the cited books. Except for one choice. For The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, Richard is commended for bringing all characters alive with distinct voices and emotions.
“In-te-res-ting” choices, imo. They cover all genders and ages with the choices – thriller, (slightly historical) novel and children’s book – and all three books are probably equally easy to listen to. I say “probably”, because I have not listened to The Velveteen Rabbit –
to my shame. I am simply not really interested in a children’s book at this stage in my life. They probably represent the audio books that the author has listened to and deems the most interesting/easiest stepping stones to approaching Richard’s audio oeuvre. In terms of performative abilities, I probably would’ve listed other works, even if they are not my absolute favourites in his catalog of voice work. David Copperfield comes to mind (for the sheer number of different characters voiced) or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (for *two* very distinct voices and the way the transitions between the two are handled). Neither is a particular favourite of mine, though. And granted, such a list is difficult to compile, and subjective to boot. After all they also reflect our personal interests and preferences when it comes to our own choice of reading (listening) material.
If you asked me to compile such a list, I would probably include one of the Jackman/Evans books – because I really enjoy them, partly for the bonus visuals the main character evokes in me. For the variety of voices I’d actually go back to the very beginning and recommend one of the Heyers – I remember gasping with joy at the way Richard performed the young heroines and their rakish suitors. And for variety I’d throw in his Love Poems.
What do *you* think? What are your three listening recommendations and why?