If Not Poldark’s Ponytail for Richard Armitage, Then What?

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Note: Perry is expressing no opinion in this post as to whether Richard Armitage should or should not play Poldark.  She leaves these decisions up to him.

In May,2013, The Mirror  reported that BBC’s six part Poldark miniseries is in fact going to be filmed in Cornwall “this year.” I’ve heard from some readers that Cornwall would be quite inhospitable weather-wise for fall or winter filming, and “this year” leaves only three more months.  ( BTW, the finished product is scheduled to be released in 2015 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first series’ premiere, which means we in the US and perhaps other non UK fans won’t be seeing it until 2016).

While it makes perfect sense that Richard Armitage is growing his locks long to reach a length long enough to tie it into a ponytail with a ribbon, or at least he needs enough length for some Guy-like extensions – what if it’s not for Poldark at all?

What other period drama do we know about that’s on the verge of starting filming ( or staging)? (I mean, how long can this man go without a haircut?) A pirate? a Samauri? a Viking?  a Game of Thrones character? A Shakespearean character?

If not a a period drama, than what  modern role might require Brad Pitt style long hair on Richard Armitage? Hell’s Angel?  Aging rock star?  Hippie? Eskimo?

What film, TV show, miniseries or play is currently or very shortly busting out the cameras, building the sets, and is just about ready to roll?

Are we where we were a week ago, watching Richard Armitage’s hair grow? The question is not really what roles that we know about do we want him to be cast as – but rather- why the long hair?

53 thoughts on “If Not Poldark’s Ponytail for Richard Armitage, Then What?

  1. Of course we can’t know but the waiting is killing me 😛
    Matthew Clairmont has long hair too. And why not Richard III? If he has some project I suppose it will start next year, since he will be busy in promoting TH from end-Nov till mid-Dec. Hair can grow more during these 3 months. Who knows? I need some news, some official information, statement, announcement… ok, just kidding, but I’m really curious 😉

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  2. I’m really curious too. seeing with my own eyes how long his hair is, makes this all the more intriguing. I don’t think he would choose this hairstyle for his personal day-to-day living, so it has to be for a role, right? and he did say way back when during the dvd promotions that there were interesting things in the works. I want to let him surprise us, but my curiosity has been getting the better of me since I saw those recent pics 😉 by the way, I am the girl who will hunt down and unwrap the gifts if I know they’re in the house, and if they’re not in the house I will at least pick apart every single thing the gift-giver has let slip, and end up guessing the gift before I’m able to open it 😦 it’s a curse.

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  3. Frankly it could be anything and I’m not buying the Poldark thing at all. Would he really do a UK TV show now, when he has the chance to work on internationally visible projects? The chances of Poldark turning into a Downton Abbey or Sherlock success story are pretty low. Also, honestly – could the BBC even afford him now? Also he’s going to have a commitment to Hobbit promotion for several weeks over Dec/Jan. I read on the mammoth screen twitter feed some comments suggesting that at end of August they had done no casting, and that about 2 weeks ago they were still scripting. Overall it all seems very unlikely to me that the hair is for an imminent Poldark shoot, but it must be for something because otherwise I’m sure it would have been cut off for the “untitled tornado movie” pickups.

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      • Considering this project was announced about the same time as Poldark, I assume it to be in a similar stage of development so my arguments about Poldark really apply the same to this project. But I know nothing! Everything is possible!

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        • Wow, that’s one of the best books I have EVER read… I’d love to see it made either with or without RA. Preferably with, obviously. 🙂

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    • I don’t think working for BBC or ITV would be a back step for RA. He always said he want to vary his commitments and in the past he did almost everything an actor can do. He expressed several times his desire to go back to theater, he did voice work for ads and documentaries some weeks ago and I think he’s too smart to seclude himself on cinema industry. What if this adventure turns out a failure? None could take him back if he disdained TV or other means. I think he should be cautious and take work he’s pleased with, irrespective of cinema, TV, or other.

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    • A year ago I would have said no way he would go back to TV and that the BBC couldn’t afford him anyway. But as nothing else has materialized by now? The big breakthough doesn’t happen to everyone and he might be glad to be offered a role in a TV series. As long as we don’t learn anything I take the lack of announcments as a sign that he is not in demand.

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      • I agree. Hope I’m wrong, but I stand by my doom & gloom prediction of a few posts ago. P. Jackson can be the kiss of death. BTW is it a bruise on his right shoulder, or am I seeing things?

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        • I think it didn’t help that the Hobbit got a mixed reception. He should have worked on something apart from the Hobbit and the tornado movie during this year and he should have stuff listed for 2014 and 2015. I don’t think Hollywood royalty is very eager to work with him.

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          • Agree again. If you remember, in the “Stephenson interview” he said something about “wanting to carve out a character” and you can’t do it in “a six lines part”. Perhaps this attitude, wanting to be the main character instead of taking smaller parts, has been the problem. I hope he goes back to TV, besides it seems to me that the best writers now work there.

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          • I still can’t understand why he didn’t work after Black Sky. I mean, any other TH actor did something, even many things while he stayed totally quiet. I suppose it was a choice of his, so no critic intended. But it’s weird he didn’t spoiled the big exposure to promote himself. It’s like he chose to stay away from the set. It’s a strange behavior. He could have done anything, though, studied, or simply went skiing on every single snowy mountain he could found 😛
            And about PJ and the kiss of death: it doesn’t appear Martin Freeman or BC have any problem. Graham McTavish is very busy too…

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        • I must have missed the opinion that P.Jackson can be the kiss of death, but I’ll look back for it. Re; bruise: do you mean the light blue mark just above his collarbone? I thought it might be from the photo- but he might have had some physical work finishing black sky.

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  4. I would have no problem with him doing television along with movie roles (more Richard more often 😉 ) but I think at this stage he’s gotten a taste of movie making and so I see him wanting to pursue that. I also don’t see him disregarding projects based on tv vs. movies though, so if something really interesting in television pops up I think he would grab it 🙂

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  5. Ah, the best laid plans. I was hoping this post would be a lark for a while, imagining what sort of characters would need long hair besides a retired redcoat. Not to stifle the conversation ladies – never unless it gets ugly for those posting ( or me), but if anyone else out there wants to chime in with creative musings on the question at hand- what types of characters would need long hair- please check in.

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  6. Well, he mentioned he’d like to play Bono Vox. 😀 The hair’s almost right!
    Seriously, why would PJ be the kiss of death? Did it happen to someone on LOTR?

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      • LOL! Not Bono please, even worse than Batman! 😛 About PJ: I suppose there is some ostracism towards him. If you work with him, they don’t want you in their movies. I read something similar some time ago but can’t remember better.
        About long hair & roles: I really have no idea.

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        • btw, some weeks ago USA producer spoke out against Australian cinema industry, saying it was ruining everything. Money, money, money… there are no new ideas, Majors are struggling not to fail and they aren’t probably glad about PJ working exclusively in NZ, creating a strong reality there. TH Dvd save a disastrous trimester for WB. American Film Industry is in deep crisis (just look at the next big movies and you can convince yourself: only Comics and sequel or cover). I’m not an expert but I dare to say they’re all in big troubles.

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          • It was actually the new Mayor of Los Angeles who said that big films locating to places like NZ where they get tax breaks were killing Hollywood- even thought LA and CA don’t give the same sorts of tax incentives.

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  7. With “kiss of death” I mean that not all the actors in the LOTR went on to have a great career just because they were in those movies (Sean Astin was in every scene), and being optioned for years for promotions duty can be a problem. Micra is right, but she’s also proving my point, saying that Freeman, Cumberbatch and McTavish are working. Martin is back to BBC, Ben and Graham accepted also minor roles. Aidan Turner is exactly in the same situation as RA. As I said in another comment, I think he’s taking it easy, waiting for a big role, but as Jane said, I don’t think that Hollywood is his friend.

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    • Sean Astin did a nice job narrating Meerkat Manor, My cat loved it. Also his physical appearance makes him hard to cast imo. Freeman and Cumberbatch, especially BC were much bigger before TH. McT is doing the same sorts of things he did before, and he wasn’t the star – but regular work, he seems to have. Same with Aidan.

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  8. Hippie?

    I think I can speak for all of the members of The Richard Armitage Old Lady Commune when I say that “The Corsican Brothers” is in dire need of a remake. Plus brownies.

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  9. I have no idea what RA’s ambitions are, but to echo the sentiment from another blog – whatever and whenever his new projects may be I hope he’s happy and content. It still puzzles me that TH might work against him, but that’s probably me being a bit thick (or too much of a fan).

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  10. Maybe there is no part- Maybe he is just messing with our heads!

    Oh what larks- let the hair grow out a bit and watch the fun on twitter. Maybe he has a partner who wants to run their fingers through his silky locks- and who wouldn’t?

    Back to the BBC. I think gone are the days when TV is films poor relation. Downton was the biggest thing on the planet a couple of years ago. We are changing the way we access media and perhaps Hollywoods star is on the wane. It seems to me that for the last few years most of the stuff produced there is nothing more than a cynical exercise to make as much money as possible ( I’m looking at you Tom Cruise) which is fine, as long as a proper arts industry can be developed elsewhere. As long as we take the view that independent movies and TV are inferior and working outside Hollywood is second best, that’s going to be a struggle.

    I tend to agree with the poster who suggests Hollywood is not that enamoured with RA – for reasons I have never figured he remains invisible to a majority of people. Maybe not in the UK but here in Oz, the name Richard Armitage still is often greeted with a blank look and even a flash of a photo gains little recognition. And if all the producers want is a name that puts bums on seats ( rather than a superior actor) RA is not going to get the gig.

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    • As to the second thought in your comment, I think we all agree that if wants more recognition, he needs to be in more widely disseminated work., and that’s what he’s working towards.

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    • I’m with you, Bolly. I tend to think it’s either him not wanting to be groomed, or a partner who likes the longer locks. I don’t see it as being grown for a role. There are wigs, after all. As to why he doesn’t have any announced projects – I think it’s by choice. He’s either being choosy or he has something he wants to do that’s not ripe for announcement.

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      • Why would you think he doesn’t want to be groomed? I mean, we’re just talking about a haircut. He’s recently been in three cities where they have some of the finest salons. It’s an hour out of his life. He, himself says he’s vain and that he doesn’t like to fuss- so why choose a hair style that takes so much time and product to make him look presentable. You’d rather see him in a wig?

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          • Think of it from a man’s point of view, or anyone with very short hair, which requires more frequent cuts than medium or long hair. The sides,for instance – he’s got to get them to stay swept back over his ears, otherwise he’ll start looking like Prince Valiant ( now there’s a role we haven’t thought of), Then the top. Without a cut- the layers grow in so how’s it supposed to stay back without too much of a pompadour.And parts are out because of hair will cover the ears. And the weather- we’ve seen his hair get “bigger” in weather. So yup, I think it’s a lot more work to make it look as effortless as he managed to do. I think it’s OK now- but how much longer can he go?

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          • It looks like a good cut to me and in my experience a good cut requires very little attention. Wash in the shower, towel dry and then scrunch a bit of product in as he walks out the door.

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      • If it would just be that he or his partner prefers the longer hair, it would have been cut for the sake of tornado continuity. Every actor knows that he has to adapt his appearance and how important continuity is. They will have to hide it somehow or hope no-one notices and no doubt among those that notice there will be an outrage how careless and idiotic they are. Continuity errors are usually a sign of laziness and thinking the audience is too stupid to notice and a part of the audience, including myself, doesn’t like that lazy appoach at all.

        And naturally long hair or extensions on reasonably long hair is always a better choice then a wig. Any wig that is not an Oscar-worthy masterpiece like the Thorin wig and costs $10.000 is visible as a wig.

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    • I guess here in Australia, if you’re not an ABC watcher then you wouldn’t have run across him- Spooks, Strike Back, N&S all broadcast on channel 2.
      I think Warners could’ve done a lot more to promote him when he was in Sydney- a decent mention in print media other than a free afternoon newspaper would’ve been good.

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    • The reason why he is still no household name? He isn’t in the press enough. He has never been nominated for anything and he doesn’t play the celebrity game. It is a huge step forwards that sites like Just Jared and papers like the Mirror and the Daily Mail finally bother to mention him and print his picture when he appears at an event (they used to ignore him when he attended the TV BAFTAs), but imagine how much more buzz he would get if he were nominated for something and could be “linked” to some hot actress. Much more than he could gain with a thousand interviews with movie websites.

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    • Or the Scarlet Pimpernel.

      I thought Jenna Louise Coleman ( latest assistant on Dr Who) would be good as Demelza. Angharad Rees was beautiful but I alway felt Demelza should be darker and that, along with a sparkle in her eye, is why I see JLC playing her so well.

      I think I might have read that Timothy Spall could be Jud and personally I’d like to see Rupert Penry Jones as Francis but that’s just me being greedy.

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      • Other than RA, I’m having trouble seeing past the original cast. The Poldark Appreciation Society members have all had a go at nominating their dream cast. Jud’s a fun role for a character actor. Elizabeth, and George Warleggan are the other two they must cast well to have a successful production, I think.

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  11. Though I love imagining that he’s growing the hair for, say, Poldark or Clairmont (either of which I would be thrilled to see him in), in the Cinemax 60 Seconds interview, he did say, “I miss the long locks.” So maybe he’s just doing it for himself because he *doesn’t* have any projects lined up. It does seem odd that he hasn’t worked on anything major since Black Sky, and I wonder if perhaps the whole Hobbit experience – 18 months of filming and a brutal schedule of travel and promotional work – was so monumental that he just decided he needs to sit back and reflect, and bask (or wallow) in it. I can imagine that the whole thing was massively overwhelming for someone who is shy and values his privacy, and everyone reacts differently to those sort of life-changing events. And I seem to recall him saying in a recent interview – can’t remember which one – that he wants to get back to British TV. Hollywood is notorious for chewing people up at breakfast and spitting them out before lunch – could be he’s decided that’s not the direction he wants to go. I dunno – I just hope he’s happy and fulfilled.

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    • Found you – and welcome! Let me start from the bottom up – we all hope he’s happy and fulfilled.I don’t recall an interview in which he said he wants to get back to British TV specifically,or instead of Hollywood,but I can imagine him saying some really nice things about it. But I am not as familiar with all his interviews as others are. He’s not the type to site back and reflect, but I agree, the whole Hobbit thing seemed grueling.
      I think the long locks he missed were the Thorin really, really, long locks.
      From hints he gave as reported in a recent interview, there are some projects waiting to be announced, but we’re all frustrated and waiting, waiting waiting.

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