Virtutes Romanae: Industria et Salubritas per Richard Armitage

Yes, I’m still alive…up to my eyeballs in a backlog of THDOS premiere and press tour materials.  I’m tired from just watching the video of events – I can only imagine the energy it must take to be an integral part of a tour like this.   Promotion is a huge part of the overall film making process these days, and it is a part that Richard Armitage has been less than enthusiastic about in the past.  Nevertheless, he’s really stepped up to the plate again, thus embodying the Roman virtue of industria.  Hard work, diligence, industriousness – all characteristics that can be easily identified in Richard Armitage’s approach to his career.   Over the past two weeks he, joined by many fellow cast members, has walked the red carpet at premieres on two continents, met legions of fans, signed autographs and posed for seemingly thousands of cameras…smile, smile, smile.

Richard Armitage works the red carpet in Berlin Source:  Guylty Pleasure

Richard Armitage works the red carpet in Berlin
Source: Guylty!!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg…in addition to the premieres, he’s also done countless interviews, press conferences , promos, “Hangouts” and Q/A’s.  Maybe it’s my indulgent eye, but it seems to me that he makes an effort to offer a bit more info in answer to oft repeated questions that must feel like a single song on perpetual repeat to him by now. daybreak interview It would be really easy for us to shrug this all off and say, “It’s all part of the job.”  This is a true statement,  but by his own admission, it is not a part of his job that Richard Armitage particularly relishes.  However, despite the travel, the fatigue and the reality of being “on”, not as a character but as himself, for two solid weeks, he doesn’t just go through the motions, he does it to the best of his ability.  Industria. So how does salubritas (good health, wholesomeness) fit in here?  Just look at him! Movie boyfriend is in fine form bringin’ the industria!!

*sigh* Source:  Guylty

*sigh*
Source: Guylty

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13 comments on “Virtutes Romanae: Industria et Salubritas per Richard Armitage

  1. fedoralady says:

    I really do admire what I see as the extra effort he puts into to all this. He shows up looking great, with that awesome smile on the ready, really gives his attention to those interviewing him, tries to give a new twist to responses to the same tired old questions, and is unfailingly polite and cheery with the fans. As you say, it’s not his favorite part of being an actor, but he does it with ever increasing ease and aplomb. You GO, Richard Armitage!

    • obscura says:

      I know that this is something we talk about a lot, but his commitment to the things he finds the most challenging really strikes me. It’s easy to do the things we love to do with a smile, but a different story to approach less favored jobs with such good will.

  2. guylty says:

    Yep. He really is doing a splendid job. And whoa – I wouldn’t want that job. The travelling. The strange and yet interchangeable hotel rooms. Eating restaurant food all the time. Missing friends. Being on the spot for interviews and at receptions, launches, red carpets. I bet that was not what he signed up for when he became an actor or when he launched his film career. He’s doing it with good grace. So much so that I am actually really curious about a seriously off-form Armitage. What would he be like? Monosyllabic, snarky answers? Unreasonable requests for roast parsnip crisps at 3 am in the morning? Talking down upon assistants? The whole God-like behaviour is almost too good to be true…

    • obscura says:

      I suppose that promotional obligations sort of go with the territory with feature roles, but this is a real juggernaut version that must be exhausting…even with posh accommodations, etc.

      I wonder if the worst one sees from him is the sort of tired, punchy, inadvertently suggestive remark about one handed weapons training or a refreshingly unrestrained radio interview? If he’s less than gushing every minute…thank goodness, I’d start to think he was a cyborg or something otherwise.

  3. linnetmoss says:

    Roast parsnip crisps? LOL. A truly mouthwatering photo of Mr. Armitage in Berlin, and the one in B&W is gorgeous too. I can just hear all you ladies singing Da mihi basia mille, deinde centum…

  4. katie70 says:

    He has looked great each one that I have looked at, but it can’t be easy on him. I will have to check it all out as I have missed a bit. Been off line the past couple days finishing up homework, just got done with my last night of class.

  5. richardiana says:

    That’s what I’ve been thinking about too (surprise). The more I see, the more I respect him.
    And yes, the off-duty RA… hopefully less perfect. Just a little bit. 🙂

  6. Marie Astra says:

    Richard will never be less than perfect. He is never wrong. He is in control. When graciousness is called for, he will be there. That is who he is. We who are fans may see the strain and tiredness, but he won’t willingly admit it. Los Angeles, Berlin, Madrid. He will do what he needs to do. Beautifully. Hope he gets some rest now!! 😀

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