This is the second time, in under five minutes, that a clip of Richard Armitage acting has so completely impressed me. The first was last October 31, when while Internet surfing in the early morning hours I came across the Old Vic Crucible trailer (here). It was a minute long and when I finally got to sleep, I had really vivid nightmares. The next day I googled the cast and for the first time really “saw” Richard Armitage. I’d seen him in a few other things, but that little clip of his performance in The Crucible moved him from being another reasonably attractive British actor who plays action heroes and has the kind of voice that librarians love to hear on audible books to an entirely different level. Here was an actor who was interesting beyond his looks. Here was an actor who might be a force of nature.
Now this. This puts to rest any fears that all of the talk about his upcoming performance as Francis Dolarhyde, aka “The Red Dragon” on NBC’s Hannibal, was hyperbole. Said talk is not hopeful projection on the part of the show runners and fans. This is disappearing so completely into a character that you forget the actor playing him. This is chilling.
If you are a producer or director, give this man any damn part he wants. He can deliver.
Any. Damn. Part.
Sign him and then get the hell out of his way.
If if you run a film festival? Screen “Urban and the Shed Crew”, would you please? It needs a distributor, and we want to see it. I want to see this force of nature unleashed once again.
Scroll down here to see the video clip that was shown at Comic Con today.