On August 24, 2014, Richard Armitage announced on Twitter his infamous #BeardBeGone competition. His words, copied and pasted:
So let’s talk Beards…….wait for it…. // On Weds I have a photo shoot for
@TheHobbitMovie but I have this Proctarian1692SalemiteFacialThatch #periodweirdbeard… //I need help to disguise or perhaps enhance the homegrown chin-rug #chinrugdesignideas // He is my idea…too@ladygaga ? // Please send me ideas….I promise the winning idea will be used at the shoot!!!! // On your marks // Get set // GO!!!!!!! // Ps. Shoot is as myself not Thorin // I need pics… // No shaving allowed, still got 3 weeks of the crucible@oldvictheatre left
He followed these tweets with a series of retweets, featuring a Lettuce Beard, a Hannibal Lecter Face Mask, a Beer Can Beard, a Holiday Tinsel Light Beard, a Knitted-Yarn Beard, a Cheapo-Plastic-Bag-Over-the-Head Disguise, a Ramen Noodle Beard, and an Upswept Beard and Sunglasses disguise.
I don’t know about you, but somehow, I got it into my head that he was going to go balls-to-the-wall, over-the-top corny with this theme. I mean, I knew that there would be nice, tasteful photos from Sarah Dunn for The Hobbit promo, but I really did suppose that at the end, they’d pull out the glitter, work in some dreadlocks, paste on snowflakes, or some such for the Twitter competition.
A few days later, he mysteriously tweeted:
@studiobaby has the beard pic….
… And I feverishly imagined all manner of weirdly dork-tastic images that might be forthcoming. I honestly can’t say why I thought Richard Armitage would be so silly as all that. Oh, wait. Yes, I can. I really did think something extraordinarily ridiculous was in the works.
Then, in a series of reveals… we were treated to these!
Two feature lovely Richard Armitage Hand Porn.
They have him dressed to the nines in very sexy attire.
They conceal the beard.
They show elf ears.
They show intense eyes.
One appears to be in motion.
One has a definite amused glint in his eyes.
They are all, in my opinion, quite tastefully done, as would be expected from Sarah Dunn.
But they are only on the edge of corny, and therefore, not what I was expecting! Were these ideas suggested on Twitter, or did he and/or Sarah Dunn come up with the “winning ideas” themselves? Light occupations, my Richard Armitage musings.
By the way, I’m not complaining. I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually want to see RA with a Noodle Bowl Beard. =)