“ We were always told, ‘don’t bring the character to you, go to the character’. I always preferred leaving lots of myself outside the room and exploring the world through the eyes and the body and the mind of a different person who is ultimately better than you are. Even if they’re a mass murderer, they’re infinitely more interesting than you are…And then you take it off at the end of the day and I slump around the streets with my shoulders hunched, back to boring old me.”
Posted 6 months ago
“I don’t think I’ll be saying goodbye to Middle-earth for a loooong time. Who wants to, though? I want to live in Middle-earth, actually. If there was a door in this room I could go through, I’d live there.”
“As an actor, Richard is one of those very rare actors in which he uses stillness and he uses quiet to draw your eye. There can be a lot of things happening on the screen, there can be many characters on the screen, and yet Thorin, in his stillness, draws your attention. It’s a very, very rare skill in some ways, it’s … he’s somebody, when he’s on screen, that your eyes go to, that you want to watch.”
“It’s strange, because in real life he’s so quiet, and he’s very unassuming and shy, and yet you put him in those boots and that coat and give him a sword, and he immediately assumes an incredible authority. He always walked like Thorin on set, and when he’s Richard, he walks in a completely different way.”
— Peter Jackson on Richard Armitage
Posted 10 months ago
I: But you’ll turn 40 next year. Isn’t about time you gave it some thought (family & kids)?
RA: Yes. That’s part of the problem, isn’t it, because I still feel like I’m 25 in my head. I always thought when I got to 40 it would be OK because I’d feel 40, but I don’t.
It seems I'm not the only one to have this problem...LOL
Posted 10 months ago
“Deep down I’m searching for another North and South. It was the first time I started to experiment on screen and take risks. I’d love to play Richard III or Machiavelli. I have fun with the baddies - I can really delve into my naughty side.”