#RichardArmitage Plays Another Short Guy

The irony that Peter Jackson cast 6’2- 6’3″ Richard Armitage to play a dwarf under five feet has been the fodder of interviews and fan talk for years.

Now he’s set to play Wolverine in a pod cast audio series.

Funny thing, that. It turns out,  the “real” comic character, Wolverine is only 5’3″ tall. One of the potential pitfalls in casting Hugh Jackman for the role, was that he’s about the same height as Richard Armitage. ( In both cases,  reports of the exact measurement vary).



Here    is a discussion of how the directors handled the disparity. My research revealed that many comic book fans were outraged that Wolverine was going to be played by an actor of  over 6′ in the X-Men films, because his height was integral to his character. Sort of how angry Hobbit fans were about Richard Armitage being cast as Thorin (impossible!)

The film-makers thought a very short Wolverine, towered over by female actors,  would not be sexy enough for the film, so they didn’t take much care in making Jackman look  shorter after a few films.

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Guess I’ll Have to Dig My Claws Into Wolverine #RichardArmitage

Guylty’s got the goods.

I think I watched the end of one Wolverine film. Plenty of time to bone up on the character before this Spring. What do you think? Do you know the first thing about this mutant superhero?

A new #RichardArmitage audio performance to tide us over?

It’s Tuesday!

Parabolic is just the studio. Perhaps this is work for Bolinda, which is an Australian audiobook publisher with a UK branch or subsidiary.



Esther and Daniel? I have a Cold Feel.

I want to yell out, “Remember what almost happened last time?”

From Spooks/MI5, Lucas North and Sarah Caulfield

Lucas North reacts to assassination of Sarah Caulfield

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#BerlinStation Inside Joke on Last Night’s Black-ish

I love the ABC TV  comedy series Black-ish, which is easiest to explain as a show about a wealthy African American family that tries to negotiate life as Blacks in America – they’re often conflicted between asserting and defending their race, and at the same time, engaging in the same conspicuous consumption as many wealthy Americans.  Episodes frequently touch on very serious topics affecting Black Americans, but with a comic twist. The episodes on Martin Luther King Day ( the family went on a week-end ski trip) and Black Lives Matter ( a comi-serious debate about the issue that addressed all sides) are not to be missed. Last night’s episode shared some important facts and statistics about the American criminal justice system and the disproportionate effect on people of color.

Last night, in a conversation at the father’s  (Anthony Anderson) workplace, a very white advertising agency, Dre’s white bread,  racist boss was bemoaning the circumstances of a current employee who had a criminal record. The guy spent his time at a country club prison, which was just horrible. Steaks that were ordered “medium rare” were always well-done, there was only doubles tennis and, the only premium cable channel available  –  EPIX!

I laughed, but I wonder how many viewer “got it.”

As they say, any publicity is better than none.

Pithy New Den of Geek #RichardArmitage Interview


Lots of new take-aways from this interview.

While the interview was a promo for Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde, the conversation touched a number of subjects and projects.

Of interest to me was the hint that Richard Armitage might have a substantial role in promoting Ocean’s 8 along with the all star female cast.It was also good to hear ( even if not completely true) that he has learned to enjoy the promotional aspects of a big film.


 I worked on Ocean’s 8 at the beginning of this year, which will be premiering in June next year, so I’ll be back in that cycle of a big movie junket. It’s interesting because you put as much effort in to working a film, as you do making a film and I used to really dislike that side of it, but I actually love it now, because the time when you actually get out and come face to face with the fans – sometimes with independent movies they go to festivals and they get a limited release and you don’t always get to sort of meet people and talk about the project as much, so in that respect I could talk about The Hobbit for the rest of my life because I had such a good time doing it.

Also, it looks as if Macbeth with Yaël Farber is no longer a consideration because of the swell of Macbeth productions, so, good news ( I think) they are back to considering something based on an ancient Greek play. While working with Farber again seems like a definite plan, details seem vague and unformed as yet.

Also the news that he was seriously up for a role in Peter Jackson’s  production of Mortal Engines.

  I was  very close to working with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh this year on Christian Rivers’ latest movie (Mortal Engines), but I couldn’t quite make it work, because of Berlin Station, but I know that I’ll work with them again in the future and I’ll be back in New Zealand at some point, so The Hobbit has left such a legacy with me, that it’s sort of a little beating heart that I’ll always be grateful for.

Unfortunately ( very) Berlin Station got in the way.

It seems like his Bridget Cleary project is still just a future dream. He also says he’ll be filming in Moscow, though I couldn’t figure out which project to which this referred.

I also wonder whether another Mike Bartlett piece might be in the works. By all accounts, it seems to me that the two have developed a friendship and they have the success of Love,Love,Love to ground them.