We know he doesn’t like cats and water, but does Richard Armitage have another deep-seeded fear that we’ve yet to explore? I think he might. I think Richard might suffer from gynopogonophobia – the fear of female beards. At the same time, as is often the case with phobias, I think he’s a little drawn to the objects of his fear- a little obsessed – so there’s a corresponding touch of gynopogonophilia.
You will recall that Armitage got heat from Evangeline Lilly and some fans for what he said during the Cinemax Final Cut interview, when he said that a woman in a beard was ” not a good look.” Now, some thought he was poking fun at fans in cos play, but I think not. I think he was commenting on the look of women in beards. Decide for yourself. It comes at the beginning.
My in-depth research has uncovered a heretofore never discussed gem – a primary source. Richard Armitage expressed interest in bearded women much earlier than we think. In his 9/16/05 message to fans he cautioned,
Just returned from France shooting The Impressionists, having a brilliant time, but a word of warning ‘It’s a bit of a hairy show, and that’s not just the blokes!!!’
Will get round to answering all your brilliant letters and birthday wishes (was out clubbing in Paris with the cast and crew on 22nd!) If I ever manage to untangle my arms from this giant beard that seems to have a life of its own!
Loads of love and internalcardiothorassictamponading massage,
He seems both propelled and repelled by the whole idea of females in beards. He even suggested that maybe his Armitage Army should sport beards as part of uniform)
We know that he attributes his fear of water to a childhood incident when his stroller, with him in it , rolled into a pond. So, what incident from his youth is the cause for RA’s gynopogonophobia/philia?
Where and when could young Richard have encountered a woman with a beard? Of course! Can there be any doubt?
Yes! Richard ” ran away to join the circus” when he was a mere lad. ( forgive me, it can’t be helped – but maybe a new spin on an old boring interview question is what we need).
We know he slept near the elephants. Maybe the elephants were on one side, but who was on the other? And, he being the irresistible, adorable man/child he was at 16 or 17, I think the lady may have given in to her desires and sneaked into his tent for a little hirsute hankypanky – a hair ball? Was he appalled or appreciative? Only the elephants know for sure. ( Here’s a good prompt for an RPF if anyone’s interested).
Phobia or philia? Who can tell. But I’m not taking any chances.