Kristi Poquette (@KristiPoquette) September 11, 2012
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.
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,
a spy with a secret past,
a soldier and father,
a smily accountant that likes striped sweaters,
a leather-clad baddie of a shell with a love-starved boy hiding underneath,
or an industrial era cotton magnate.
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.