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Hobbit star Richard Armitage's Irish film made him sick to his stomach - here's why...

He’s the star of big budget epics like The Hobbit and the upcoming Ocean’s Eight with Sandra Bullock and Rihanna, but all Richard Armitage wants is to make a movie about 19th century witchcraft in Ireland. It may sound like a leap, but it’s nothing for an actor who has turned his hand to everything from musicals to Shakespeare to his new role as sadistic medieval knight Raymond De Merville in new period thriller Pilgrimage.

A tale of obsession and vengeance, Pilgrimage follows a group of Irish monks as they attempt to bring a sacred stone relic to Rome in 1209. Unfortunately for them, they run into De Merville, who wants to seize the holy stone for himself and is prepared to go to any lengths to get it, as one particularly grisly torture scene proves.

Pilgrimage is shot partly on location in Ireland, and Richard (45) says he fell in love with the west coast and can’t wait to return. “We were largely out in Connemara and while the first few days with no phone signal were a bit frustrating, I just thought, ‘Stop trying your phone and start enjoying the amazing food, the incredible skies, driving around the little roads, the sunsets!’

“It’s such an amazing place to shoot, I hope to come back and film again in Ireland very soon. I read a script set in Ireland 15 years ago and I basically became obsessed with it. Hopefully we’ll start filming it soon.” The script is for a film called Bridget Cleary, the true story of the last woman in Ireland to be burned as a witch in 1895. 26-year-old Bridget was burned to death in her sick bed by her husband, who insisted she wasn’t his wife at all but instead was a changeling left by the witches. Her killer husband, Michael Cleary, grabbed Richard’s attention.

Richard hopes to film in Ireland again next year

“I think the story is not about the outside world at all, it’s about a man floored by his own paranoia.” He didn’t pick up a cupla focail while in Ireland — “Absolutely nothing! I was always enchanted by the sound of the Irish language, but I picked up none” — but the Hannibal star may just be one of our own. “I believe I do have Irish roots. My mother traced our family tree, we thought we were originally from eastern Europe, but there are Irish roots there. For one thing, where my father is from in the north of England, so many people have red hair and blue eyes, there has to be Irish blood there.”

Richard’s clearly not afraid to go to dark places for his art - he was waterboarded for real as part of his performance in BBC drama Spooks - and in Pilgrimage, his character tortures a monk by using a primitive weapon to yank out the man’s intestines. “For the torture scene, the special effects team were spectacular,” he says. “They made an entire intestine out of sausages, when I pulled it out it made such a realistic squelching sound I threw up a little in my mouth. You can actually see it on screen, he looks like he’s disgusted by his actions.”

It seems only fitting that De Merville meets a grisly end later on in the film. “For the death scene, we had just half an hour of light left,” Richard says, “and the prosthetic girls had to put a special neck on me with a prosthetic pump to shoot out the blood, so in the end we had just five minutes to do the shoot — thank goodness we’d rehearsed! It made me sick to my stomach but I had to be truthful to the reality of the time.”

He’s not the only big star to appear in Pilgrimage. Richard shares the screen with Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in the new Marvel reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. He reveals they were filming together when Tom, 21, auditioned for the role, and says he was never in any doubt his young friend would make a terrific web-slinging superhero. “Tom was fantastic. He was auditioning for Spider-Man at the time we were filming but he wasn’t just waiting around to hear back, like many actors do, he was so positive about it. He is a gymnast and an incredible acrobat and he was great to work with, I know he’ll be fantastic in the role.”

Next up for Richard is Ocean’s Eight, the all-female reboot of the crime caper series. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, it’s a film Richard is proud to be part of. “Ocean’s Eight was incredible to film, it came very quickly and out of nowhere. To work with those people, idols I’ve looked up to for years, was fantastic, and I’m a big fan of the Ocean’s series. I play a role that’s dark and funny at the same time, it was a lot of fun.”

It’s just the latest step in a career that’s covered everything from live theatre to small screen drama to Hollywood blockbusters. But while switching between characters like Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit to convicted witch John Proctor in award-winning stage production The Crucible has done wonders for his career, Richard laughingly admits it hasn’t always helped his bank balance. “I always chose roles by going for something I’ve never done before, whereas most people want you to keep doing the same thing. It’s great as an artist but it’s less fruitful for your bank account! But I’ve always chased the role over the financial side.”

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Coming Soon / The Shape of Water - Fairy Tale - Dec 08,2017
« Last post by genie on July 19, 2017, 05:09:01 PM »
 An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Director: Guillermo del Toro

Coming Soon / The Greatest Showman - Dec 25, 2017
« Last post by genie on July 19, 2017, 04:55:25 PM »
You should full-screen this one.

Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by Luce on July 17, 2017, 12:30:21 PM »
We've boarded our ferry. The weather is warm and sunny - yes, Oso, you read correctly.
For Wednesday, the forecast is rain, unfortunately.

Genie, I know Douglas and the Shetland series very well from BBC One. I like it extremely well.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by genie on July 17, 2017, 09:50:52 AM »
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by genie on July 17, 2017, 09:47:18 AM »
Say hello to Douglas Henshaw. Tell him he's got a fan in the US. It's possible they may be filming right now, as season 4 is due sometime in 2017. Even though he was born in the UK, his Scotish accent is every bit as heavy as the others in the show.


 Airs on: United Kingdom BBC One (2013 - now)
Schedule: Sundays at 21:00 (60 min)
Status: Running; returning 2017
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama Crime Mystery
Episodes ordered: 6 episodes

Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by Luce on July 17, 2017, 01:18:37 AM »
Lucky you.

Are you going to Skye?

There's a Shetland mystery I watch when it's on.  Very lovely place. Thier accents sound very heavy out there.

I was on Skye in 2012 when we first visited Scotland. Skye was one of the loveliest places I've ever seen. It's west of mainland Scotland, while Shetland and the Orkneys are quite far northeast. We are on the ferry from Aberdeen for fourteen hours before we reach Lerwick, Shetland's  capital.
Coming Soon / Re: Nath - this is for you
« Last post by genie on July 16, 2017, 04:26:33 PM »
That would be excellent.
Coming Soon / Re: Nath - this is for you
« Last post by Nath on July 16, 2017, 04:05:05 PM »
Wow, this is really dark! Especially the second movie!
Genie, I have not watched either on them. Maybe some day, when I feel ready for horrors!   zombie2

LOL.  I've just never seen any horrors come out of Russia.  You have a great epic coming though.  I hope they put it out with subtitles for those of language-challenge people.  I'll find it, but it isn't the one below.

'VIKING' TRAILER  I think I would watch this one.

I hope this new horror movies will be up to the international standards. As for dubbing - nowadays they've managed to bring it to perfection. Usually even the voiced fit perfectly well. So in case the movies are good, they must be dubbed, not with subtitles.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Going to Scotland
« Last post by Oso on July 16, 2017, 10:18:05 AM »
I went to the Orkney Islands!  Be sure to visit Twatt! 
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  • post Dunkirk: power, patriotism and Harry Styles on screen ? discuss with spoilers - 21 July
  • Does Dunkirk?s claustrophobic intensity earn it a place in the pantheon of war movies? Should we read it as a Brexit allegory? And how did the boyband singer turned actor do?This article contains spoilers
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  • post Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life review ? radiant tribute to a cinematic maestro - 21 July
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  • post Bryan Cranston: ?I would go to malls, sit near arguing couples and watch them? - 20 July
  • The Breaking Bad star?s new film Wakefield is a study of a man who vanishes, only to spy on his grieving family. Would his years of pre-fame voyeurism come in handy?Hi, Bryan. Where are you today?
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    One of the things I?d done, just after the end of Breaking Bad, was to create a production company to produce television projects. One of my projects is called Philip K Dick?s Electric Dreams. [1] We?re shooting here in London. We have five episodes and I?m acting in one of the episodes. It?s an anthology series. Continue reading...
  • post Dunkirk and City of Ghosts: this week?s best films in the UK - 21 July
  • Christopher Nolan delivers a visceral war epic, while brave citizens in Isis?s ?capital? risk their lives to shed light on the treatment of the city and its people Nolan marshals the troops, the fleet and the Spitfires but strips out the dialogue and bombast to create a war epic like no other. Solemnly viewing the Dunkirk evacuations from three intersecting perspectives, it?s an intense, visceral experience, enhanced by non-CGI action and a throbbing score. The star cast ? including Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles ? almost disappear in the mayhem. Continue reading...
  • post Big-budget films receive increase in tax relief to almost £600m - 21 July
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