What project does he want to shout from the rooftops? I thought as I read Richard Armitage’s Christmas message about a project he couldn’t mention yet. Inevitably, come fangirls will sigh it will fall short of some standard they set for him. There are some Armitage projects I don’t own like Pilgrimage (note to self: finish that post about the film) or audio projects like The Snowman. I have not subscribed to Superchannel to get Berlin Station. It’s a case of so many things, too little time, and if the project turns an artistic crank on his end, who am I to say ‘why are you not doing this-or-that project?’
Suddenly, something emerges setting my crank to situation critical, something I have not experienced since Nathan Fillion. That, my friends, involves handsome actor playing a Catholic priest. In Fillion’s case, he played so many priests he might as well pick an order, even something like St. Stanley’s Brotherly Order of Geeks. However, news has slowly emerged Richard Armitage will play a character named Father Quart in an adaptation of the Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Sadly, no cassock (rats!), not even a clerical collar (double rats!) but he at least gets two out the three priestly attributes namely celibacy and obedience. (The character likes to wear expensive suits so vows of poverty seems a little shaky here.)
Something tells me this project turns a few of Mr. Armitage’s own cranks namely thrillers (seems to like them) and based on a novel (the author wrote Club Dumas, a book favoured by those who in my bookselling years who don’t want to read fiction but literature, I think I saw his latest book in literature the last time I went to McNally Robinson. (Note to self: don’t you have a gift card from there, sending silent pleas to get spent, even a little bit?)
Reading John Leguizamo’s name attached to the project also made me rub my hands in glee. Besides his large body of film and television roles, I love this one-man shows. If you have Netflix see Latin History for Morons for thoughts on colonization and racism as well as laughs. Fingers crossed on scenes between these two. Scratch that, fingers crossed on all of it since Mr. Armitage has done pretty well with one little known religious vow-silence. Plus, I hope he’s reading Father James Martin’s work if he’s boning up on Catholicism, especially if can find his early book In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity and Obedience or my favourite A Jesuit Off-Broadway.
A girl can dream but a woman must work. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many posts of 2019.