No one knows what Richard Armitage is going to look like when he portrays Bernard Hare in Urban and the Shed Crew. Frenz is teasing that he’ll be bald. I don’t think so, but he could be blond. Looking at these photos, I can see it working. And I like Armitage in glasses. But we really don’t know what Bernard Hare looked like in his younger years. We could even see a plump Chop.
And, what are we going to call this movie for short? Urban? UATHSC? Urban/ShedCrew? I’m curious to see where that winds up.
But, looks and nicknames aren’t what I want to talk about. I want to talk about method.
All Richard Armitage fans know that he likes to write back stories for his characters: biographies that tell him where this person has been and how he got to the place where we find him on screen. What about now? This is the first time that Armitage is playing a living person. How is that going to affect his method, I wonder? What extra pressure or responsibility will affect our favorite actor in this situation where he knows the real life embodiment of his role is out there watching? He’s playing a man who has opened up his past, his secrets, his soul to the world, and has been praised for it. ( Yeah – I only read the synopsis – No Kindle – otherwise I’d be half through). And, Bernard Hare is going to be watching.
I think Richard Armitage will spend as much time with Bernard Hare as he possibly can, soaking up his essence, his speech, learning what made him tick. He may be there now. But no matter what, the best first interview question to ask Richard Armitage when he’s promoting this small film is, ” what was it like to play a living person,” and “how did playing a character with a set back story and biography affect your method?”
Interested people want to know.
Oh – the Hassler photo – the toughest/street person looking Armitage I could find ( well there are the ladder shots).