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He says this sort of understanding is essential to his approach to acting.
“There’s a fascination from the actor’s point of view of, if I don’t experience that, have I fully understood the character?
“It’s a big mountain to climb every night,” he says.
“There’s a shattering of the character, and almost a reassembling of him towards the end.
So I remember actively making the decision, ‘I’ve gotta go and make a name for myself, in television or film, so that I can then go back and do those theatre roles that I want.’ But then you lose track of it, because it rolls and rolls.” His career in television has been assisted by the fact that women find him sexy. He traces it back to when he played mill owner John Thornton in the BBC’s 2004 adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.
That initial attraction has sustained itself over the years to the point that a quick scan of You Tube will reveal any number of montages of him in various roles, semi-naked or glowering to camera, set to overpowering love ballads.
“You can’t play this story without addressing sexuality in this particular society in this time, the masculinity of the men, the femininity of the women, the vulnerability of prepubescent girls.
I think it’s worth protecting – for everybody, not just high-profile people.” Does he feel protective of his sexuality? I just feel that it’s not relevant to what I’m presenting in terms of my art form. if I’m very, very honest, I’m a big guy, I think I’m at times quite a frightening person.” In what way? I can feel that there’s an intimidation that can happen if I own my full height, and speak at my full volume.
Anything else, any other talk, chatter, rumours, discussion, diverts from the discussion of the art form, and that’s always been my primary focus.” In the past, he has described himself as a shy person. So I’ve learned over the years to just tone it all down a bit.” He admits that being in The Hobbit does have an effect on an acting career.
Television viewers who associate him with double agent Lucas North in Spooks, nasty Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, or the character based on SAS man Andy Mc Nab in Sky One’s Strike Back would know different. Armitage is to play the tormented John Proctor in the playwright’s terrifying account of the 17th century Salem witch trials, in which Proctor’s adulterous relationship with a young woman sparks a vengeful chain of events that leads to the deaths of many.
The Crucible is an unfolding nightmare of accusatory spite that is seen as an allegory of the anti-Communist witch trials in Hollywood in the 1950s.He says he can still vividly remember the smell of the elephants and being permanently hungry from his circus days.