Several days after Richard Armitage’s tweet, Digital Theatre and CinemaLive have confirmed that The Crucible won’t be released in cinemas in USA and Canada, and that the download will be available in 2015.
I know that the “how does he feel about it” is quite a useless activity, but frankly speaking is almost imposssible for me as well-wisher not to make it given this circumstances. Although download will be available worldwide (the question is “when”? Maybe after the Australian cinema released scheduled for February?), he [allow me the fangirl selfishness, I’m aware that many other people are involved in this project] has been denied the chance to show in cinemas, to an audience of several hundreds of thousands (?) people his best performance so far. And, I suppose that it must be something really frustrating to think that American audience has been able to see his Gary
Morris but not his John Proctor. To make a comparison, it is like having composed the most astounding five acts opera but being known for writing advertising jingles.
As I wrote in a previous post, I’ve had the sensation, watching some of his works, that he has always been ten steps above the jobs he was hired in. We all know that showbiz is a hard world, that unfortunately the list of underrated/unfairly unknown actors is huge. Moreover, step by step and working really hard he’s finally been able to show to the Old Vic’s audience what he’s capable of. Therefore, most probably, he has shrugged his shoulders and have given not a second thought to this; if he has not, he has the
whole only right to feel the wrath of the righteous.