Lovely Twitter peep Karina Oure met Richard Armitage on Wednesday during the premiere in Madrid for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
Congratulations, sweetheart. You did good.
Without further ado, here is her story (unedited from Facebook). With pictures, of course.
|Karina's Twitter: Yes, he is signing
my photos of him here.
I still start shaking looking at this
So as some of you may know I have been impatiently waiting news of a
European premiere or event, determined to go this year. When I heard
about Madrid I got so warm and happy as I have lived here nearly 20
years ago and always felt so at home here, loving the people, the
language, the atmosphere etc. Perfect combination; my second home by
heart and Richard
As I was planning to go and had ready tickets, hotel even a Danish
friend to come join me, well I got scared. Scared to hope for too much
and be dissappointed beyond repair. I am quite emotionel you see. And I
had wondered what kind of reaction I might have. I did not cry in his
face, so there goes my worst fear, haha.
Second worse fear;
arrive to late and it would be full of people and we'd only get a
glimpse if that much. No need to be so damn scared! My amazing friend
was ok to go at noon and spend the day there. We made some super cute
friends there, 3 young Tolkien fans who sort of became my saviours or
angels Bless them.
First they were warned that the cameras would be in front of where we
were standing and told us as well, so we got time to move to a greater
spot. Second save comes later..
7 hours later, well it did not
seem like it. I think they went by pretty fast and as it was near I had
my photographs of him ready, pinned to my iPad cover, my little present
for him (as the key to Erebor is keeping me company it seemed fit to get
him a keychain also, a dark blue glass piece with a golden angel on it)
and my glorious friend was ready with the camera.
That's when I
made the first Vicar of Dibley sound, you know the one! And a few
tears, yes I admit it. I was getting emotionel like cRAzy and my friend
was kind enough to calm me down! What a rock (star!) she has been today!
Richard Armitage in Madrid
Second embarrasing sound and flow of tears came, as they had entered
and were signing further down (we were towards the end near the cameras,
great spot for staring and stare some more!) and Luke was first and
then I ducked and got my first glimpse in between hands and cameras. Oh
boy. He is really there. For real. Right there. Bwahaaah!
came to the corner, he was a bit ahead and got all the way to the corner
passing us. Handsome man, yes, but don 't touch my pics of RA please!
Then Richard came, signed, smiled, talked a bit with a few fans, asked
one of our Tolkien fan friends if her golden homemade poster was in
Elvish or Dwarvish and well, he was so freakin' near I couldn't believe
it. Sorry for the cliché but yes, he does look better in person. Not
much but there is something extra, and I have been wondering since if
that extra is simply our excitement to see him?
But he did look
very young, reminded me of Bafta some years ago. Also he looked tired
and I felt a bit sorry for him. Many of us have parts of our job that we
may not enjoy as much as others or that exhausts us, but this? However
much we try how could we ever understand what that must be like? I also
did not call out for him, I couldn't for some reason, maybe to spare
Well, he came, he signed and he went. Yes he turned and
didn't pass us, did not finish the line as Luke had and went to get
interviewed. That's when the water seriously came flooding. And I am
very honest when I tell you that mostly it was happy,
grateful tears. I
got what I wanted, to see him "live". But yes there was dissappointment
in those tears as well...!
He was interviewed and I stared
shamelessly and then on to the next and next until we couldn't see him
anymore. But hope was still there as my Tolkien friends started pleading
to the camera people to tell him to come back "mira, es que está
llorando la pobre"! Yes the poor girl was crying like a teenager at a
Beatles concert! And then he turned to me "you keep crying now!!"
And would you believe it, they got him to come back. My friend was
filming and taking pictures at the same time, (yay for iPhone!) and I
reached out my 2 pics which he signed and handed him the present and
said something embarrassing which you will hear once we get the video
upload to work (I can't get myself to repeat it, sorry!) He looked
straight at me and everything dissappeared, including my heartbeat!
I didn't get a pic with him but plenty of him, and I got an "aww bless
you" and so so sorry, Army, but these words from him are to blame, I
forgot to give him your greetings
Hope you can forgive me as soon as I figure out to share all the lovely
pictures and the video that makes my toes crumb but my heart skip a
beat from happiness and gratefullness.
What an experience, one
that I will never ever forget. Even my friends was moved, by me she is
not a new member but she had fun just being a part of the lovely madness
that it was. I am so happy and relieved beyound words that it went so
well and I got so much and I feel so rich right now. Thank you Karin for
being there with me, thank you Richard for being you and doing what you
do and thank you Army for the feeling of belonging and being normal in
and friends who cheered, you're great, sweet and funny and may mock me
all you like, for I am a proud member of the Armitage Army!!
|Karina and Thorin in Madrid