Richard C. Armitage Quotes

  1. I’m not much of a show-off.
  2. I don’t think actors need to go on pedestals. I don’t buy it.
  3. People get to know me slowly and over the course of time. I’ll probably still be a newcomer when I’m 60.
  4. Often you find the character through the things they say. How they talk about other people, how they describe themselves – which is very rare.
  5. I was an estate agent for three years. That was pretty grim.
  6. Personally, I’m not interested in getting more money for what I do; I’m just interested in more money being put into the production.
  7. You’ve got to have baddies that you can boo.
  8. If you’re used to being a maverick, then people don’t get surprised when you start acting strangely.
  9. I kind of got lost down a road of TV and film, so it’s great to come back to theatre.
  10. As an actor, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I want that phone call from Peter Jackson saying, ‘You’re my first choice for Thorin Oakenshield.’
  11. Some of the mail I’ve had has been weird. When I played Guy of Gisborne, a woman crocheted a mini-version of me.
  12. Give me a character that has an heroic quality, and I’ll go there.
  13. Te Papa Museum is brilliant.
  14. Small, slow growth is the best I expect from an investment. I’m a real saver: frugal – like my parents.
  15. I wouldn’t want a tattoo at all. They’re difficult to cover up.
  16. I never like to go out of character when filming starts. I fear that if I do, I might not be able to pick it up again.
  17. To survive in a profession like this, you have to have absolute discipline and commitment, and I did not quite have it for musical theater.
  18. My mum will not speak above a low whisper in public because she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself.
  19. Since real spies are so good, you never really know what actual spying is. But I do think spying is a lot more dangerous than we are led to believe.
  20. I am just not a water baby. I can swim, but I just don’t.
  21. I do believe in pensions.
  22. I didn’t become an actor because I thought I’d make lots of money.
  23. There’s a very strong force in Tolkien’s characters.
  24. When I told my mom I was going to audition for ‘The Hobbit,’ she said, ‘Well, you’ve always loved Tolkien.’ And she was right.
  25. I have been to the theater more since I have lived in New York than I ever really did in London working on a television show.
  26. Once you don’t smile on film, they say, ‘Let’s have that bloke who doesn’t smile.’
  27. Do people really think that about my nose? I spent my whole life hating it, so it’s amusing that people like it!
  28. I’m a late developer in everything. I have a fast mind and fast metabolism, and I’m an intense worker, but in terms of life development, I’m way behind.
  29. I’m not interested in building wealth, which is kind of naive and probably frowned on, living in America. It’s something that people don’t necessarily understand, but if I die poor, I die poor.
  30. Monet was like a conductor. He painted with quite a straight arm and used bold strokes.
  31. It fills me with dismay sometimes when you look at the scripts that do come to you that are primarily focused on violence. There are so many other things to play around with.
  32. I can work hard and be disciplined like a soldier, but I could never reach their level of fitness.
  33. I suppose I’m a bit mean. My face on camera doesn’t lend itself to happy nice guys. I think it’s just that my bone structure looks menacing.
  34. I think that when Tolkien created Gollum and the ring, he even expressed in his biography that he never really knew what he created until he went back and looked at it.
  35. Adults will not necessarily laugh at the same thing as their children.
  36. I have a visual mind, so when I read a book, I get an instant picture in my head and it’s very clear.
  37. Everyone loves a good baddie.
  38. I don’t really like making too much of a statement with what I’m wearing.
  39. I have an accountant, obviously, because I’m self employed, and I use an independent financial adviser. I trust my accountant because we have worked together for a long time now.
  40. My instruction to my parents is that I would rather they enjoy their retirement than leave me anything when they go. I am much happier watching them enjoying life.
  41. I think that internal conflict works very well, because, after all, all the best drama is fuelled by conflict.
  42. I went into musical theatre, which I’m not really cut out for – I’m not as skilled at it as other people.
  43. Tolkien was, I believe, writing about his experience in the First and Second World Wars, where he would have spent a lot of time without any female contact. He was part of the fellowship of men who went to war, and I think, really, that’s what he’s writing about.
  44. I can’t bear shopping. I can choose clothes for my characters, but not for myself. I’ve got no dress sense. Or I’ve lost it.
  45. I’ve never been that cute kid that was forgiven for being naughty.
  46. Trying to please everyone can be very hard, but, like ‘Shrek’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Robin Hood’ manages to entertain adults and children at the same time, but in different ways.
  47. I’m not a massive fan of 3D. I’ve seen some good 3D, and I’ve seen quite a lot of bad 3D. I think if a film is created for the shock effect of 3D, then it’s a certain type of film that I’m not massively bothered about.
  48. I’ve done an awful lot of skiing all over Europe: I’ve done Italy, Austria, France. I skied loads in New Zealand – I did pretty much every ski slope I could find.
  49. I wouldn’t even dare to sing like Ed Sheeran.
  50. The interesting roles have only come since I got into my 30s. But I didn’t know that was going to happen.
  51. The narrative that Peter Jackson has put into ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ it stands alone as a film. Rather than just finishing off the story, it’s like a whole new adventure all of its own. I’m very excited about it.
  52. I know what Twitter is; I don’t use it. I don’t use Facebook, so luckily, it does zero to my ego.
  53. I think insanity is the hardest thing to play.
  54. People like continuity, and the good old cliffhanger every week is something they enjoy. I enjoy it – I don’t want to dip into just one episode when I turn on the TV.
  55. I have a bit of pride, which is always my downfall.
  56. You can spend a bit of yourself when you give yourself to a character. At the end of a job, you have to remind yourself who and what you are.
  57. I was in a production of ‘Macbeth.’
  58. I’d like a bit of a crack at some kind of anarchic comedy, but whether or not I’m skillful enough at it all, we’ll see.
  59. I’m looking forward to getting fat and old.
  60. I did quite a lot of menial jobs. I was a waiter, an inventory clerk touring round properties listing cups and saucers, and a laserquest marshal.
  61. I speak some dwarvish.
  62. Someone told me a woman bought a dog so she could take it to the same park where I go running, but I’m hoping that’s rubbish.
  63. Whatever I lack in talent I have in stamina.
  64. I try to keep at a non-obsessive level of fitness. It’s not about looking great, it’s about just feeling good. So I do a lot of yoga. Bikram just blows my mind. It’s mental as well as physical; if I don’t train, I get very depressed.
  65. You can’t reject anything in your life as an artist. Everything has its use.
  66. I think most five-foot-two people would be quite offended if they were to be called dwarves.
  67. You fight for certain roles, and you realise they’re being filled by television and film actors, because theatre is constantly fighting for survival and they need names and faces and ticket sales.
  68. I’ve become one of those actors who find it difficult to say ‘no’ when things are offered.
  69. I read everything that Tolkien wrote, and also read biographies of him. I was fascinated by his experiences in World War I, which includes the loss of life of some of his very, very close friends. I think he writes about that a lot in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
  70. I’d like to live off-grid.
  71. You know, to an extent, Method acting feels occasionally lazy.
  72. A charity donkey is where you sponsor a donkey in a sanctuary and give them three pounds a month to have some donkey nuts or something.
  73. Light, trivial comedy does not appeal – it is not something I go to see.
  74. I’m probably not very good at rom-com, being funny on demand; I’ll leave that to the comedians.
  75. When you already have a following, people are more likely to employ you.
  76. I want to be strong enough to cope with the roles, but I don’t want to be cast as the guy that takes his shirt off.
  77. I’d like to act in a film without special effects.
  78. I think my fighting skills have certainly been improved by working with Peter Jackson.
  79. I feel like my imagination was crafted by Tolkien. He seemed to tap into that childhood intrigue of secret doors and hidden worlds.
  80. I come from very conservative parents, and we weren’t particularly wealthy, but we were comfortable.
  81. I think if I had come out of drama school and been an instant Hollywood superstar, I would be taking long, leisurely holidays.
  82. It’s bloody annoying being shy. I’ll spend a whole evening at a party asking everyone else about themselves. I’m not being self-deprecating; it’s because I’m too shy to talk about myself. So people come away from the evening actually having learnt nothing about me.
  83. Tolkien made dwarf sign language because, you know, it’s too loud to talk in the mines.
  84. Being thought of as sexy makes one employable, but it’s not going to last forever, so I try not to think about it. It’s like something that exists outside of me.
  85. In school, I was a beanpole with a nose I hadn’t grown into.
  86. The scariest stunt I’ve ever done was on ‘Captain America.’ We were doing some underwater sequence. I was in a submarine, and Chris Evans had to break the glass, and the water had to fill up quickly in the submarine.
  87. It is possible to work out of New York on film and television and still not lose your connection to theater.
  88. I want to live in Middle-earth, actually.
  89. I confess I’ve got a yearning to go to Los Angeles, but I can’t work out if it is because a lot of British actors seem to go or because there’s this perception that the bottom has fallen out of British drama, so therefore, it’s the place to head for.
  90. A full beard looks cool.
  91. I love being grungy and dirty.

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