About this time a year ago, I held a poll asking blog
readers to vote whether or not they'd like Richard to "go Hollywood,"
or in other words, appear in blockbuster movies and become better known.
You can see the original results post HERE, but to sum it up, these were the results:
Mixed Feelings: 44%
Yes- I want to see RA on the big screen: 30%
No- I'd prefer BBC/low-key roles: 25%
I wonder if the results would change if I asked the same poll question now
that RA is bound to become more popular with the news of his casting in "The Hobbit."
Last Friday, those of us who opened Yahoo's homepage had this image
plastered on our screens with a link to THIS page.
Welcome to Hollywood publicity, Richard.
Several RA buddies of mine have expressed concern or at least mixed feelings
about Richard's biggest break. (Suddenly he may not be such a novelty outside of Britain
and therefore, not feel like he's "our" secret to share with others. Will popularity taint him? Etc.)
If you feel like this, I can see your point of view. However, I am thrilled by this great opportunity
Richard has been given (partially because I've been excited to see this movie before knowing of RA's
involvement) and to possibly ease your mind, here are a few of my thoughts on the subject:
First of all, one thing we all love about RA is that he seems to have
his head on his shoulders. He's not some naive, 19 year-old spring chicken making his
first film. I doubt we'll see his face appear on tabloids due to his buck-wild antics
caused by fame-induced craziness. (I may be wrong since I don't know the guy personally, but
he just doesn't seem like the type.) Secondly, Thorin the dwarf isn't some teen crush heartthrob.
(Although maybe some of you will suddenly think dwarfs are hot.) This is a character role,
where Richard will be covered in a big costume and beard, causing him to use some of his best assets
(his voice and eyes) to express emotion. He may even wear tons of makeup to help him look older,
so I wonder if non-Tolkien movie buffs will even recognize him off screen?
My hope is that Richard gains enough limelight and credit for this upcoming role
to be able to pursue any other role he'll want in the future. I'd love it if he specialized in character roles,
keeping him busy and a familiar face in the public eye... yet not overly exposed. Kind of like Paul Bettany-
I think he's a wonderful actor, handsome, and have seen him in tons of movies (all sorts of genres and
characters) yet he's not really a household name and I've never seen him on a tabloid.
Anyhoo, those are just my 2 cents.
What are your thoughts on the subject?