I’m having problems with new meds and posting on two hours of sleep. It does wonders for judgment. Just sayin’.
I still have a jumble of semi-coherent observations about The Hobbit tour bouncing around in my head. Naturally, Richard Armitage’s interviews have been foremost in my mind. While he’s evolved over the years in presentation, I’ve noticed one aspect has always remained the same: his head movements. Initially I interpreted these delicate nods and dips of the head as indications of shyness and many did following his early interviews. Over time, I’ve come to believe he’s not as shy as he seems (for reasons requiring a whole ‘nother post). Yes, I think the degree stated by fans is a trope. However, I do think he’s retained the mannerisms of much earlier years. Notice the earlier days of mostly looking down and peering through his lashes, gentle head bobs and tilts. (With the deluge of interviews, it’s been hard to find a snippet that exemplifies what I mean).
Here’s one from three years ago.
Here’s another from December past.
He reminded me of some one. But who? At first, I thought it was Princess Diana, famously known for her introverted looking through her lashes interviews. But then I recalled she didn’t move her head much. So, who else was famous for the very delicate, almost placed, little graceful nods and bobs? Then I remembered – Topo Gigio! I kid you not folks, look at this. Notice the dreamy eyes and graceful head dips and bobs.
For the those not of a certain age, Topo Gigio is a famous Italian mouse who I adored when he appeared regularly on the Ed Sullivan show back in the stone age (read: 1960’s). Little Topo became an Italian and Spanish cultural icon. He seems to have seen better days now; the last I saw him, he was pitching spaghetti sauce on Italian television in 2005. Now, it’s not a bad thing that RA reminds me of an adorable little puppet. It just tickles my funny bone.
I’ll go lie down now.