I think I must be the only costume-drama-loving-female in all of America who did not see the 2004 (2005 USA) adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South – where my head was that year I do not know – and add to that a further confession of never having read the book! – I am ashamed of myself! Can I have lived this long so in the dark? Are my English degrees so worthless in the light of this omission?
I have a good number of Gaskell’s books on my shelves, but there they sit awaiting that future day to begin my Gaskell immersion. But all this endless chatter on the airwaves [as well as a few friends imploring me to see the movie – largely a Richard Armitage thing…], I finally broke one of my cardinal rules – I saw the movie before reading the book. There were advantages…
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Its good to have the heads up, negative as it sounds, it tries you own estimation of the project. I admit my bias and i will let the story speak for itself. I have no hidden agenda, except to admire Richard’s work, every work I can lay my hands on. Perhaps . I will like him anyway, until they kill him off…it sours the story for me, but casualties are inevitable. Richard seems to welcome those dying scenes or the producers wish it so. He is not the kind to walk out of the set in a tantrum, he is very thoughtful before accepting the project, an inveterate improviser, and perfectionist as well, but humans are subject to errors, so I am prepared for any mishaps: admiration does not alter when alteration finds. It’s a misquote, but just trying to be joyful in every category allowed. I like his views /philosophy in life of hard work, total immersion in the role and how he makes it easy to look at. I count myself fortunate to have seen North and South, a love story , I could have wished for myself, only wish , but not to materialize it, such boundaries as they are. Sleep nicely in your bed chamber , Sir, you need to recharge for tomorrows endeavors. We look forward to your work. I was sad my copy of UK amazon [hermitage] did not work, perhaps i have to wait for US amazon copy. Sign off time…
sights and sounds the food of life:Where could we be without them?Nowhere in Particular.
I’ve always been interested, an often critical of hw RIchard Armitage manages different accents – especially his American accent. I’ve only skimmed this article so far ( have to get out early today), but I think it’s a fun and useful read for those of us who have the same interest. ALl about how dialect coaches work and the importance of naling the accent. I’ve given you the whole article in case you can’t get to the New York Times ( or don’t want to use up your 10 free articles!)
Why should I trust you?” Dominic Cooper said to Samara Bay, his dialect coach. “Trustya,” she replied, crushing the words together. “Why should I trustya,” Cooper repeated. The actor and coach were standing in the driveway of an old stone mansion in New Orleans’s Garden District, on break from shooting a scene for the AMC series…
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School days from High School to University to work are of a piece. Perhaps the experience is made particular by the chosen discipline and it curbs some inclinations and enhance others. Its pretty much about luck in the best of times. We are fortunate to have Richard in our time line.
LAMDA at Tower House
I first moved to London in 1995, when I won a place on the Three-Year Acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). During those next three years, I got to know West London pretty well. Earls Court, High Street Kensington, Hammersmith – my fellow students and I owned those mean streets. We strode down Chiswick High Road in our baggy dance trousers and character shoes, talking too loudly about David Mamet and Alexander Technique, confident in the belief that in just a couple of years, we would be far too famous to get around without security and a smoked-glass Range Rover.
But there was one place we got to know better than anywhere else. From our first audition to the very last performance, all the most significant events of our time at LAMDA took place at the MacOwan Theatre…
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