Comfort Food for the Soul

I posted this on twitter the other day after a long day at my stressful workplace.  I have also been dealing with some health issues and an important decision to make regarding an impending surgery.  These factors have left me feeling inordinately drained for the last month.  The last three nights I have come home and wanted nothing but some rice or macaroni and cheese (my go to comfort food whenever I’m feeling low) and to watch North and South.  I figured I just wanted to lose myself in some sort of period drama.  For a while it was always Sense and Sensibility (I loved Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Colonel Brandon), but this time it was all about Richard.


Kate Winslet & Alan Rickman in “Sense and Sensibility”

When I started to think about why I crave Richard’s works when I’m down or ill, I realized it’s more than just the fact that he is a pretty face.  Don’t get me wrong, he is VERY easy on the eyes, but he is so much more than that.  The man is a very talented actor as so many of his fans know.  He can convey so much feeling and emotion just with the raising of an eyebrow, the motion of a hand, a smirk or scowl, or the look in his eye.  He convincingly portrays various characters covering a large spectrum whether it is

a shy, vulnerable, & socially inept young man,

John Standring – Sparkhouse

a spy with a secret past,

Lucas North – Spooks (MI5)

a soldier and father,

John Porter – Strike Back

a smily accountant that likes striped sweaters,

Harry Kennedy – Vicar of Dibley

a leather-clad baddie of a shell with a love-starved boy hiding underneath,

Guy of Gisborne – Robin Hood

or an industrial era cotton magnate.

John Thornton – North and South

The ability to convince the viewer that he IS John Thornton or Guy of Gisborne or John Standring is just a testament to his research into and/or creation of a detailed back story for each character he portrays as well as his acting talent.  His attention to detail enables us to get lost in the story that we are watching and escape the stresses of everyday life.  He is like macaroni and cheese for the soul.

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7 Responses to Comfort Food for the Soul

  1. jasrangoon says:

    I love how you describe him as “mac and cheese for the soul.” There is just something about watching one of his characters that really does seem to make me feel better when I’m ill or just feeling down. Sending thoughts and prayers your way as you continue to deal with your health.

    • triski73 says:

      Thanks! I don’t know what it is – maybe his voice? – that just has some sort of calming effect. All I need is a glass of wine, some mac and cheese and Richard! heheh 😉

      • zan says:

        His voice will do that! 🙂 I often use his audiobooks on long drives, to ease the stress and, well, just because I could listen to that voice all day long! 😉

        Richard’s chaRActers are where I go when I need to feel better or decompress or relieve stress. There is so much about him that, even when the story isn’t “calm” (as Lucas or Porter, for instance), his effect on me is calming. Maybe it is his ability to pull us into, and make us feel, the emotions of the character, so that we put our own situations on hold. What ever it is, I like it! 😀

        Thoughts and prayers coming your way for your health issues.

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  3. Teuchter says:

    “Mac and cheese for the soul”! What a perfect description that is!! Richard is frequently the cure I turn to for whatever ails me and no-one else will do. 😀 Wine with the mac ‘n cheese? Now your talking, triski73! 😉

    Lovely to read your blog! I look forward to new posts!

  4. april73 says:

    Lovely post Triski73. 🙂

  5. The Queen says:

    I’m with Teuchter! Love “macaroni and cheese for the soul!!!!

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