Once again, guest blogger Micra investigates the Armitage obsession with leather jackets.
It’s time for part 2 in my Leather Jackets series. Still talking about Richard and his jacket in real
life. You can find Part I here.
During The Desolation of Smaug press junket Richard sported a new leather jacket by Diesel. He
wore it on ITV DayBreak, for twitter session promotional pic and during a couple of radio interviews.
Richard on ITV DayBreak, 6 December 2013 (source)
Richard ready for #AskThorin twitter session, 6 December 2013 (source)
Richard with British radio host Adele Robbins for BBC1Xtra interview (source)
Richard with Louise Molony for Kerrang interview (source)
In April -May 2013 Richard was in Sydney to promote the release of An Unexpected Journey DVD. Until 19 April 2014, after Part 1 of this series was posted, I didn’t know the brand of the leather jacket he wore in some of those Sydney based video promotions, radio interviews ot the fantastic Tracey Nearmy photo shoot. But when he wore the same jacket during WonderCon in Anaheim, the mystery was solved when Ilaria Urbinati told us it was a Diesel garment.
April 2014, WonderCon, Richard with Max Deacon (source)
My screen cap from IGN interview, April 2013.
I’ve seen some pictures and videos with Richard wearing leather jackets whose brands I have not been able to identify. If someone has any information, please tell me.
My screencap from The Hollywood Fast Lane Interview, December 2012
My screen cap from Entertainment.ie. interview , February 2013 . (According to the source the video isn’t isn’t available anymore. I suppose the correct data is December 2012)
Looking for every single leather jacket Richard wore in RL, I also came across this one he wore in an interview promoting the Robin Hood series.
BBC Breakfast interview, September 2007. My screen caps (source)
We know that Richard doesn’t care too much about clothes. In the MAX 6 Seconds interview he says he relies on his stylist to dress him, “hence the sh-t leather I’m wearing today” Not sure Todd Snyder was happy about that joke. 😛
But it looks like some particular garments have his approval, are favorites , and are worn and are worn more frequently. Lucas’s Belstaff jacket comes to mind. The poor thing had a hole where the button once was, but his owner was still wearing it in New Zealand while filming The Hobbit.
Screencap from An Unexpected Journey EE Extras (source)
And if it’s true that he wore leather pants for the most part in drama school, (Show Patrol, 23 May 2008) also leather jackets were on him since his very early stage and TV appearances. This will be the topic if my next post: Richard and the leather jackets of his characters.