Because I’m Missing Sir Guy

In October, in honour of the 10th Anniversary of Robin Hood, I started re-watching Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne in BBC’s Robin Hood.  I find myself once again mesmerized by that smoulder, that smirk, and that tortured soul as only RA can play him.  In the midst of a show that is comic-book like (reminds me in some ways of the old Batman series without the POW!), RA is able to bring a thoughtful characterization to the Sir Guy role.  I am taking my time this time – I binge-watched it the first time – and I’m listening to the episode commentaries as I go.  I love behind the scenes stuff – it makes it that much more astonishing that this soft-spoken guy who giggles at the juvenile banter amongst his cast mates can convey that stern commanding presence on screen.

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Re-watching the show has made me want to spend more time with Sir Guy, and so last month, I downloaded and read Manna from Heaven by Zeesmuse, a fanfiction starring Sir Guy and an original female character.  The story has a feisty modern-day woman, Genevieve, being transported back to medieval times to have a think on some of her problems.  Wouldn’t you know it, but she literally drops right in on Sir Guy and may help him with some of his problems too.  The voices of the familiar Robin Hood characters are true to the series and the modern woman gives as good as she gets. (Advisory for strong language and explicit sexual content.)

I love a good story where people are put into unfamiliar times and situations and, not only does Genevieve have to deal with the backwardness of Sir Guy’s times, but Sir Guy has to deal with the modern devices that have found their way to his time along with Genevieve.  This fanfiction is well-written and entertaining and kept me turning the pages (swiping the screen) quickly to the end.  (Manna from Heaven)

The great thing is that Zeesmuse has two sequels that each have a number of chapters posted and are continuing works in progress.  The Shepherd explores some of the events in Sir Guy’s and Genevieve’s story that were not fully explored in Manna from Heaven.  And Aside from Heaven takes Sir Guy’s spirit through a number of lifetimes, as he makes his way towards Genevieve.  I’ve enjoyed both of these fanfictions so far and can’t wait to see what else Zeesmuse has in store for us!

Check out what Zeesmuse has to say on her blog about writing Manna from Heaven.  A link to the fanfiction can also be found there. Jump to her post here: Zee’s Muse — It’s a Challenge!!!!

18 thoughts on “Because I’m Missing Sir Guy

  1. [Jeepers, I hope you don’t think I am pestering you, jumping straight onto each of your posts to comment… Sorry!]
    Oh Sir Guy, yes, always missing him. I think you described RA’s contribution to that – anachronistic and rather simplistic – series so well. Is it my skewed perception, honed in on RA because he’s my favourite, or is Armitage *really* the only actor from that series who went on with roles of note, beyond RH? Deservedly so, of course. – Strangely, Guy gripped me even *before* I ever watched an episode of RH. The power of YT and tumblr, so to speak. And I never had the patience to watch the series in its entirety; I always fast-forwarded through everything. But maybe it is time to do a real re-watch. The commentary you mention, sounds interesting. Must get my hands on a used box set somewhere.
    As for Zee’s “Manna” and spin-offs – big favourites of mine, too, and it is great to see it mentioned and praised here.

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  2. I still have all three on DVDs after getting the series out of the library. One thing I noticed is in series like Robin Hood, or even Merlin, everyone played the drama seriously and the comedy as written. It made those ‘tea-time’ shows not only fun to watch but set apart from their American counterparts. (Although Atlantis made me scratch my head.)

    Seriously, my first introduction to Richard went something like:

    Good Friend: Hey, I just saw this BBC production of Robin Hood. Kind of corny but Richard Armitage is hot.

    Me: Who?

    The rest is history.

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    • Yes, I found that too, as he would talk about the acting or the appropriateness of the music etc. But I actually really enjoyed hearing the camaraderie amongst the cast too. When RA was trying to be serious, sometimes someone would make a comment, like Gordon Kennedy saying something about RA needing to prep by listening to loud hair bands, or talk about Lucy Griffiths saying something like “Get that thing out of me!” during her final scene. And then everyone, RA included, would laugh or giggle, not being able to help themselves. I find those unguarded moments really endearing.

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      • My recollection: I honestly felt like Armitage was way more professional than the rest of them except for Lucie Griffiths, and I didn’t get the feeling that they had a very solid sense of camaraderie — it seemed apparent to me at the time that the people in Robin’s band had a lot of injokes and those who were not in that group were not included as fully in the talking or the laughter. I also remember at least one occasion where Armitage kind of had to prod them to actually comment as they’d just been making in jokes and then fell silent. But it’s been years since I’ve watched them — maybe I should listen in again, and maybe my perception would be different.

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        • Now that you mention it, some of the jokes (e.g. prepping listening to hair bands) did seem to be directed at RA, not exactly laughing with him. But I think that Lucy Griffiths and RA seemed to have a good rapport and I think I heard him say to her, “You looked pretty hot there for someone who was just dead!” after the Night Watchman’s recovery from Guy’s curved blade.
          Sometimes, too, I find it hard to figure out which one is talking. Wish there were subtitles!

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  3. Yeah, she really loved working with him. She said he was the best scene partner she’d ever worked with and he’d do whatever she needed him to do to make her comfortable. Here’s a transcript of an interview she did with some extremely complimentary remarks about him: http://robin-hood.forumactif.com/t707-interviews-de-lucy-griffiths

    I wasn’t a fan at the time, but what I read about the production afterwards suggested that either it wasn’t the happiest set or the show was made under a dark star. Tapes of the first series were stolen, Armstrong broke his foot during a stage fight with Armitage, Armstrong’s statements and behavior suggested that he was unhappy with the series at times. There were rumors that Armstrong didn’t like Griffiths. I saw one interview of Armitage’s where I thought, hmm, I wonder if he and Armstrong get along. Armitage was a bit older than most of the actors in the band except Gordon Kennedy, and he probably spent more set time with Keith Allen anyway.

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