リチャード・アーミティッジBerlin Stationインタビュー2018/10/13 04:09




リチャードのBerlin Stationが英国チャンネル4で放映されるというニュースにすっかりうかれておりますが、このインタビューも見つけましたので、貼り付けますね。

Who do you play in Berlin Station?

I play Daniel Miller. Daniel has quite a complicated backstory. When we start the story Daniel has been sent in as a mole hunter. There’s a whistleblower at large  called Thomas Shaw and Daniel has been brought out of administration – he’s  been a desk analyst for ten years. He’s brought out by Gemma Moore, the CIA  Chief of the moment, to come to Berlin Station to figure out what’s going on and who’s doing it.

What kind of person is Daniel?

Daniel was born in the US in Virginia. He moved to West Berlin with his military father when he was five.  His mother was killed due to a very complicated affair. Subsequently they moved back to the US when he was about twelve years old. He then joined the military so he was in the first Gulf War. He came out of the  military and went to university where he was recruited by Gemma Moore. He has an interesting mix of somebody who has a vested interest in their country, a   political mind. He’s seen military action. He’s seen his father in a military    position. But he’s also got a taste for a European sensibility. He’s got an eye on  European politics.  So it’s very interesting for me to take on as a British guy who lives in the US. It’s been quite useful to have my mind within that character.

What drew you to the role?

I had been hunting for a television show for a long time. When television is at its best it’s fantastic because it gives you the opportunity to play long character arcs which you can’t always do in two and a half hour movie. Unless it’s The Hobbit which is nine and a half hours! So I’d been looking for a television show. I didn’t want to play fantasy or fairy tale, but something relevant and political and    current. And the Berlin Station script fell into my lap. I looked at it and     thought it was kind of exactly what I was looking for. I got into a conversation with Olen Steinhauer who’s work I’d read. I was very very interested in his mind and his eye because I think it’s quite a unique eye in an over saturated genre. He doesn’t make these characters James Bond characters, they’re very ordinary. He doesn’t have proficiency fetish.

A lot of the characters in Berlin Station have a lot of complexity. You don’t  know who to trust. Is Daniel trustworthy? Does he have a secret, or a dark  side?

I still don’t know! I said all along Daniel needed to be somebody who was    essentially a patriot, but was having it tested in every encounter. He’s having his base morals fractured I suppose. He is a trustworthy person. I think he speaks   the truth when he sees the truth but a player who works on the chessboard of espionage ultimately has to wear many masks. There are occasions when you’ll  see Daniel operating an asset, interacting with a colleague whereby he can’t pass information to them. They have to be trustworthy and untrustworthy.      But essentially at his core he is a good person.

Tell us about Hector (Rhys Ifans) and Daniel’s relationship.

The history of Hector and Daniel is so interesting. They’re like two opposing   metals that were fused together in a furnace which was an event in Chechnya.  They were on an operation together that went terribly wrong. They’ve been kind of bound by this event. Their friendship is rooted in that but at the same time  Daniel can sense that there’s something amiss with Hector. It’s really complicated to play that – I wouldn’t say they necessarily liked each other but they find    themselves in one another’s company a lot. They collaborate and they work    together and it would seem on the surface they are very good friends. But   there’s something, like a metallic taste underneath, that neither of them can    identify.

Let’s talk about your relationship with Esther (Mina Tander). You start off   adversarial but you warm up a little bit…

It’s interesting. Esther was one of the very last characters of the first block and  one of the last actors I worked with. It was the last day of the shoot before we  were going to break before Christmas.  We’d all had a big quaff of Berlin Station so we thought we knew the kind of show we were doing. Then Mina Tander   walked in as Esther and kind of changed the game for Daniel and for me            actually. She is his counterpart really, his equivalent in the German BFE. She’s a smart lady, she’s fiercely patriot and she has the ability like a cat to                  metaphorically slip under a door. She can run people. She is working Daniel and he knows she’s working him and he lets her work him.    It’s a very complicated relationship of “I see you, I see you see me , I see you see me see you, let’s just   look at each other.” He’s desperate to look under the mask but he doesn’t want   to take it off. 

What sets Berlin Station apart?

I was involved in a really great spy genre for the BBC called Spooks. At the time one of the great tools the spy had was technology. At the time we laughed at iris scanner and fingerprint scanning and facial recognition on CCTV. Of course now it’s everywhere – we’ve got it on our phones. At this point in 2016, it’s suddenly  that the technology arena is no longer safe. Phones can be switched on and        listened to more than we could bear to realise. We have to move not back but     sideways into a new area of spy craft rooted in here and now. Berlin Station is    the sharp tip of American activity on the global stage which means it becomes    the focus on Shaw’s activities. There’s nothing retro about it.

It’s authentic too. I read as many novels as I could on the genre, on the CIA, on East Berlin, on West Berlin, on what life would be like growing up through that   route that Daniel took. I’ve been haunted by going onto my newsfeed every day  and seeing before my eyes storylines we are talking about in this. 

Why do you think people enjoy espionage stories like Berlin Station?

One of the things I was going to say in reference to acting and spies – one of the things that attracts audiences to the spy genre is because I think they enjoy the  possibility of disappearing. If you asked anybody, what superpower would you    choose, many many people would say invisibility, the ability to disappear. That’s at the root of why we enjoy espionage so much. These people can somehow       disappear or step outside the parameters of society and operate on another level. It’s something we all fantasise about a little bit.

In the show there are a lot of colourful agent names like ‘Joker’ and              ‘Swingset’. If you were an agent, what would your spy name be?

I’ve got to think of something witty now! I can’t think of anything… maybe         ‘Eyeball’?


RAのインタビューがイスラエルの雑誌に登場2016/12/31 14:48

早いものでもう大晦日。『ホビット』シリーズが終わってしまって以来、管理人の怠慢さに拍車がかかり、今年は「リチャード、ごめんね」という感じのブログ運営になってしまいまして、申し訳ございませんでした。

年の締めくくりに、RA.netにあがっていた、珍しい(初めてですよね?)イスラエルの雑誌に載ったリチャードのインタビューです:




英語訳はこちら:

リチャードは『ホビット』でトーリンという複雑なキャラクター(映画で実現されたキャラクターの深みの表現)を演じることが出来た喜びを語っていますが、でもファン・コンベンションは行きたくないみたいです。サインをしてお金をもらうのとか、嫌だそうで、リチャードらしいですね。(^0^;)

『ベルリン・ステーション』は、スパイ物ファンの彼は楽しい仕事だったようですが、共演者がすばらしく、特にリチャード・ジェンキンズのことは俳優としても人としても大絶賛しています。

ホラーはやりたくなかったリチャードがなぜ『ハンニバル』に出たか、それはキャラクター(リチャードが演じたフランシス・ダラハイドも含めて)が心理的にとても複雑で単なるホラーではなく芸術の域に達した作品だったからとのこと。ただ、短い撮影期間ではあっても、夢でうなされたりけっこう辛かったみたいで、今後はもうやらなさそう。よかった。(^_^;)

それから、アメリカ暮らしを始めたリチャードですが、イングランドに戻りたくなっているようです!!
特に大統領選の結果を受けて・・・ということのようですね。
家族や友達もイングランドにいるし、やっぱり故郷が恋しいみたいです。
是非またイングランドで活躍してほしいですね〜!うれしいニュース!∈^0^∋

ではみなさま、どうぞ良いお年をお迎え下さい!

リチャード・アーミティッジのLove, Love, Love2016/10/22 07:09

ニューヨークRoundabout Theatre Companyで上演が始まっているリチャードがケネス役を演じるLove, Love, Loveについて、リチャードをはじめとするキャストや演出家などのインタビュー動画が見られます。(プレビュー観劇なさったEmmaさまに教えていただきました。彼女のレポもお読み下さいね)
お稽古風景も少し見られます。



リチャード、このRoundabout Theatreを英国のNational Theatreに匹敵するような文芸コミュニティだと評価していますね。きっとリチャードとっても、ブロードウェイでこの劇場、この作品と出会えて幸せなことだったに違いない!と聞いていてうれしくなりました。
私も遅ればせながら、原作の脚本を読んだのですが、1960年代のビートルズに代表されるフラワーエイジを生きたケネス(リチャードは19歳のオックスフォード大学の学生役!)とサンドラのカップルの1967年を描いた1幕、1990年の彼らが結婚して家庭と子供を持ち、自分たちの理想と現実の軋み、親子のすれ違い、夫婦の危機を描く2幕、そして2012年、リタイアした二人と、子供世代を囲む世界の変化、ベビーブーマー世代の功罪を問いかけて、無駄のない台詞が家族の悲喜劇を軽妙に描いた素敵な作品です。
ああ、観たかったな、リチャードの舞台!

リチャード・アーミティッジ、Urban and the Shed Crewについて語る2016/04/28 21:32

リチャードがBernard Hare原作のUrban and the Shed Crewの共演者やこの作品について、また扱われているストリート・チルドレンの問題について語っています。

日本での公開、実現してほしいですねえ!!

リチャード・アーミティッジのインタビューon David Copperfield Audio Book2015/12/22 22:43

ディケンズの『デイヴィッド・コパフィールド』のオーディオ・ブックが、リチャードの朗読により、Audibleでもうすぐ(2月9日)発売されるにあたって、リチャードがTwitterでのファンからの質問に答えてくれています。

質問に答える時に、必ず質問者の名前を言ってから答えてくれて・・・私も質問すればよかった!!名前リチャードに呼んでほしかったよお。(^0^;)

リチャードのブルーの目が美しいです。表情豊かな眉の動きも。