SAG-AFTRA BS Q & A – Thoughts

More disagreement re : moral compass and other issues, between Leland Orser and Michelle Forbes. D they mean their characters, or themselves? Not so clear.

Richard Armitage – cute answer ( tone of voice) on whether Daniel Miller had really been an analyst behind a desk for 10 years.

Talk about Berlin – Richard Armitage remembered that he’d been in Berlin for one of the Hobbit Premieres – like we could ever forget?

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Richard Armitage cops to musical theater background – now knows he didn’t have the knees or ankles ( not sure I heard this before). Said he shut it down, but it paid for him to go to drama school. Very aggressively knocks it.

Michelle Forbes played a schizo psychologist from Venezuela on a soap opera.

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19 thoughts on “SAG-AFTRA BS Q & A – Thoughts

  1. I heard that as him saying he didn’t have the knees / ankles for classical dance. I knew he had had a short scholarship for ballet lessons at Pattisons, but it’s always been said that he want there for the musical theater course.

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    • Oh – I never would have thought of that. I assumed he took some ballet, but I just thought he meant dance in general, or injuries or something. I dunno – is or was there a 6’2+” male ballet dancer? Most I’ve seen are on the shorter side. I love watching male ballet dancers. The athleticism is tremendous.

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      • Roberto Bolle is 187 cm tall, and he is a principal dancer Etòile, so I suppose the height for a male dancer is not a big issue, whilst I heard it is an issue for female dancers.

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        • I’m not a ballet expert, but I had some subscriptions in the past and never noticed a very tall male dancer – but that was just because none was in those companies, I guess. Also, like in sports, younger people are basically bigger than older people. Humans just keep getting bigger.I think a taller dancer might have adjustments to make in terms of leg stride, and other factors. Am now interested to see a vid of Bolle at over 6’1″.

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          • Sounded like classical to me but ankles and knees indeed take a much stronger wear and bashing in classical than any other dance bar prob Irish dancing. For same reasons jumping and buffering. He would have been good tho i think with his body type. It surprised me last time i saw one if my fav Ed Watson who is also tall how similar in body type he is. Tall and lean is ideal for ballet for men if your body can makr it through. Bolle is superb, so is Ed and Koborg who retired recently was also on tall side as is the amazing Eric Underwood . There’s quite a few among younger soloists at roh. Also the men in Danish ballet which is excellent also tend to be taller and more athletic but they are fantastic. guess the difficulty is that sometimes bigger build comes with the fantastic athleticism of a rugby player which is not that great for ballet. But tall and wiry like say runners or swimmers can work well. Actually longevity comes often apart from great technique also for those with more developed upper body because they survive carrying the weight better. But it does all start at knees and ankles.

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            • Yeah, I would say most male ballet dancers in the Royal Danish Ballet are rather tall. There have been a few female dancers who come up to 5’7”-5’8”, but generally speaking the female dancers are very petite.
              ‘Wiry’ really describes the ballet dancer’s body well, and dancers must have very strong tendons and joints. When children seek admission to the ballet school, their legs and particularly their ankles are the first to be examined.

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  2. Allegedly not knowing how to tap dance also contradicts something that’s been canon a long time — that his mother started him dancing in tap classes to address pigeon-toes: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1218824/Me-sex-god-Spooks-star-Richard-Armitage-army-female-fans.html I suppose he could argue that he wasn’t good at it, but this interviews makes it look like he’s really trying to hard to distance himself from that entire phase of his past. Around 2010, there was also a picture of him on FB posted by a classmate (that has since disappeared, and I don’t think I kept a copy of it) saying something like “a long way, huh Rich?”. It was a picture from the side and wasn’t definitely identifiable as him, but the person in that picture was definitely doing some kind of tap dance — i.e., it seems to have been a staple at Pattison College.

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  3. 42nd Street is a musical that is all tap dancing and he referenced the 42nd bit a few weeks ago when he was getting off the subway at 42nd Street when he was rehearsing LLL.

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    • Yeah, it’s all tap dance, but there are such huge numbers in the chorus line that you don’t have to be a good tap dancer to be in it. Put the strong tappers up front. Tall dude who can sing? Stick him in the back and he can approximate the moves with softer shoes. This happens all the time in musical theater where there are so many fewer males than females. The males don’t have to be great at what they do to get cast in the ensemble.

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      • Given the multiple evidence related to his experience in dance (winning dance competitions at school, doing dance demonstrations, anecdotes from contemporaries at school who say they admired him, being cast in important productions once he was working, working with at least three important choreographers that we know of, his apparent capacity to dance in multiple roles in CATS believably), I suspect this is more a rewrite of his personal narrative than an objective evaluation of his skills. At some point he decided he didn’t want to be dancing, and he re-assessed his previous experiences in light of that insight. I also think, frankly, there are other reasons right now why he might want to explicitly reject that milieu and the associations people make with it.

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        • You are probably right. He could have had the techniques of tap down just fine and didn’t care for it, so now it’s “I couldn’t tap.” He could obviously dance ballet and modern quite well to get the work he did. It’s all the distant past to him and not part of who he is anymore, so yeah. . . he undoubtedly has a different spin to things now. After all, I don’t talk about directing ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ when I was 24 with my fringe festival artists all that often. 😉

          And in some ways, the same can be said for Forbes’ and Orser answers. Forbes seemed embarrassed at first that she was on a soap, but spins the discipline learned from doing that work. Orser avoided talking about doing a small part on a sitcom by highlighting Bea Arthur. (I actually saw him on an episode of Deep Space 9 the other night. He had one line).

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          • I realized sort of all of a sudden last night where I remember Orser from: ER, which I watched pretty faithfully after 1999. He was that obnoxious chief of surgery. A vivid character, but the kind that fades; I guess that’s why they call him a “character actor.”

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          • To some extent, that kind of question (“embarrassing moments of the past”) relies on incongruity, so they are always going to pick the thing to ask about that seems most at odds with whom the person is in the present — which means that the person asked is always put on the defensive, not because any of those things are necessarily problematic, but because they really don’t fit with who the person is now.

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      • In a way, if we look at the pattern of interviews, “musical theater” is becoming the new “circus”. He used to get asked / teased about the circus. Now that seems to be abating, so he gets asked / teased about musical theater. If he makes another huge professional leap, I predict the next thing he gets teased / asked about will be Robin Hood (in a few more years).

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  4. From what I remember, MF was on The Guiding Light @ mid 80’s. She started as one character, Sunny. As time went on, she developed a split personality, Solita, the evil, sluttier version. Eventually, I think it came out that it was her dead twin sister. She was nominated, and possibly won a Daytime Emmy. That was her beginning, if anyone is curious.

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