When the news spread about Richard’s first post-Hobbit project, I was less than thrilled.
I’ve written a post about the Category Six before, making light of it, but I found it difficult to express why I was a tad disappointed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll go see it with an open mind.
It just that I wanted… more.
A while back I saw, and wrote about, “Van Gogh. Painted with Words”, with the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch playing the part of Vincent Van Gogh.
It inspired me to search for other projects he had been in.
Cumberbatch is hailed as the hottest actor around, appearing in both independent films, but also being scooped up by the big name directors.
It would seem that appearing in blockbusters and playing ambitious parts is not mutually exclusive.
On my British Actors high, I also started collecting films with James McAvoy, and yesterday I watch him in, what the critics call, one of his best roles.
“Inside I’m Dancing” also known as “Rory O’Shea Was Here”, came highly recommended by Joanna.
We both have a thing for British actors (who in their right mind wouldn’t?), and she suggested I give it a try.
As open-minded as I am, I sometimes feel prejudiced against some books or films, especially when the subject matter isn’t something I would ordinarily pick.
Michael (Steven Robertson), who suffers from cerebral palsy, has spent all his life in residential care.
He has spent his whole life at the Carrigmore Home for the Disabled (“a special home for special people”).
His life is structured and safe, and he’s sheltered from everything that is happening beyond the walls of the home.
In comes new resident Rory (James McAvoy), a rebel determined to gain freedom and independence despite his Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Rory and Michael become friends, and eventually persuade the authorities to give them a personal living allowance.
They create their own ‘cripple heaven’, with the help of a beautiful personal assistant Siobhan (Romola Garai).
The story has you laughing out loud, crying like a nut, but it also makes you pause and think what freedom and independence really means.
It was this film that summed up why I was disappointed with RA’s new project.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that Richard is testing out international waters, and he probably chose the part with care, but I would love him to be able to play such a challenging character.
The much loathed season 9 of Spooks proved that Richard can play a character unravelling, falling apart at the seams, and this was with some extraordinary dodgy writing.
We all know he can do it, as he attacks each part with an intensity, and ends up adding a third dimension to a character that would ordinarily be as flat as a pancake (Porter, anyone?).
Maybe producers and directors see him as an action hero, but I don’t doubt he would be able to give any character the vulnerability needed.
How about giving Richard Armitage a chance to be more than that?
Anyway, as always, YT gives you the opportunity to see “Inside I’m Dancing”.
Here is the first part.