Okay, the blogger who is Perry has had a few earlier fan girl crushes in her day. Mild stuff- seeing the films, rooting for them if they were up for an award, reading an article if she came across it. Right up there, would be Robert Redford. I fell for him in the incredibly romantic film The Way We Were but my appreciation of both Redford and the film grew in subsequent viewings as I understood the relationships better.
Redford’s acting career waxed and waned, but he’s enjoyed a well-deserved status in the film industry as a director, producer, writer, mentor to young film makers and the founder of The Sundance Film Festival.
Still, after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the two The Sting films, he was a sex symbol, heart throb with a popularity that dwarfs our favorite, Richard Armitage. However, like Armitage, Redford jealously guarded his privacy, locating to a remote ranch in Montana and keeping out of the Hollywood spotlight.
Mr. Redford , now 77, is on the talk show interview circuit promoting his new film, All is Lost a one man film, which is getting rave reviews. ( If this film doesn’t sound like your thing, Redford has signed on with the Marvel Franchise,and will appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
I caught him on The Today Show this morning when he was asked about how he handled fame. His answer resonated with me, especially as a die hard fan girl now.
Redford recounted that after some undisclosed event or publicity, he found that he was getting a level of attention which surprised him and which he wasn’t prepared for. He said that he made three written signs, and tacked them up:
The first: He’s being treated like an object.
The second: If he’s not careful, he’ll be expected to behave like an object.
The third: You will become an object.
He took it as a cautionary tale and asserted himself to make sure none of that happened. In setting a course of his career, he decided not to look back and to try and gain momentum for focusing on the future.
Richard Armitage fans have discussed his status as an object more than he has, though he’s danced around it in a few interviews. Armitage may not have couched the problem in exactly the way Redford did, but I’ll bet he’s had similar thoughts. One might even think taking the role of Thorin was to him, in addition to everything else it could do for his career, an opportunity to play down his sexiness by in the role of an old, short dwarf. Peter Jackson had other ideas.
So, to Richard Armitage, follow the advice of a master at maintaining individuality: set a course for your career; don’t look back, try to gain momentum (now’s another chance) and focus on the future.