What happened to, “I don’t really drink beer?”

Can Richard Armitage not keep his story straight? Did his tastes change this much between the November/December press tour and the end of April? Is he taking one for the team in trying to get the beard to grow back faster?

It really does crack me up when he contradicts himself in interviews that aren’t all that far apart. Kind of like how he was 6’2, 6’2 and 1/2 and so on during The Hobbit press tour. And now he’s done it again. At around 41 seconds into the below interview he says: “…pints of wine though, I don’t really drink beer.”

And now just a few months later he’s touting beer as the way to quickly grow his beard back.

Thanks to RANet for the scan. Highlights added by me.

Thanks to RANet for the scan. Highlighting added by me.

So does beer really help with facial hair growth? I did a quick, far from exhaustive search of Google and the only information I found seems to indicate the opposite. Apparently alcohol reduces testosterone levels and therefore slows beard growth! Maybe it’s an urban legend?

Oh well, as long as he keeps looking like this, he can say whatever he wants! πŸ˜‰

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75 thoughts on “What happened to, “I don’t really drink beer?”

  1. Snickers' Mom

    Oh, so that burning I smell is his pants on fire! πŸ˜‰

  2. LOL…it’s like he doesn’t know that people are paying attention to what he says πŸ˜‰ Wine for pleasure, beer for beard growth? I find I don’t really care either at the moment – and they say women are changeable!

    • I know at least one person who speculates that he says contradictory things on purpose, because he does know we’re paying attention.

      He can drink whatever he wants, but I do get get a good laugh when things like this pop up.

      • That’s a really enticing notion – indirect feedback a la “Let’s see who’s paying attention.” He gives enough little clues elsewhere that indicate he’s aware of the general lay of the land, the cat and mouse idea is a fun one πŸ™‚

        • Leigh

          Hmm. There are times when I truly believe he’s playing with us, and yes, it’s a bit cat-&-mouse, but it’s an enticing thought, isn’t it?

        • I find it an enticing idea as well. I think it in some ways goes back to the idea that he’s not quite the goody two-shoes he’s made out to be, but can have a little devious fun with fans.

  3. Servetus

    I didn’t fully believe him the first time for various reasons, so this statement doesn’t surprise me much. I wouldn’t discount the possibility that he says things to contradict himself on purpose, or even that he was just joking here (it’s not unusual to hear jokes about beer drinking from people who hardly drink at all, for instance), but I also suspect he has a more fluid sense of identity than most of us.

    • Well, we’ve seen pictures of him with a beer before. Granted they’re pretty old, but still. At some point he drank the stuff. As far as contradicting himself goes, it wouldn’t surprise me if he does it to play with us, or even as a cloaking mechanism, to keep his real self hidden. I’ll take your word on the beer jokes. The only ones I hear from non-beer drinkers usually have something to do with how beer tastes like ass. πŸ˜‰

      • Servetus

        My experience in settings where people drink a lot or a certain kind of thing suggests that even people who don’t indulge still joke about it in order not seem strange. I didn’t drink until I was 22 but I certainly pretended that I did! It’s also something that is often assumed to be funny all by itself in many settings. However, even in the U.S., it depends a lot on where you are. If you live in an area or come from a cultural milieu where drinking is frowned upon, you might not make jokes about it. Everything anyone says or understands depends on context.

        • You know enough about my background to know I’ve spent most of my life around the “drinking is frowned upon” segments of society. I’m sure that makes a big difference in the kinds of jokes one hears related to the subject. Those of us who drink do so occasionally and because we like what we we’re drinking. So I’ve never encountered those who felt the need to pretend they drank, or make jokes about drinking to present a certain image. All of that to say, that’s why I have to take your word on it. It’s out of my realm of experience.

          • I am from the Bible Belt where drinking is definitely frowned upon, although plenty of it is done, anyway. We do say something is annoying enough to “drive us to drink” (which is why I was hitting Kalhua and Coke during Twittergate). I personally have no problem with it as long as it’s done responsibly. Mr. A can drink whatever brings pleasure to his gorgeous self. πŸ˜‰

            • Servetus

              Coming from WI, where people are pretty well “churched” and many are quite religious but still drink like fishes on the whole, and then living in Germany for several years, it was totally disorienting to me when I moved to MO and learned that you weren’t supposed to admit that you liked drinking. (Not that people weren’t drinking all the time anyway but you weren’t supposed to joke about it or admit that you did it.)

              • Ah, I forgot you had experience with Missouri. I remember going to a Mexican restaurant with my family not long after I turned 21 and some other people from church came in to the restaurant. My mom was so worried they would see us with our margaritas. Being Southern Baptist made it even more of a taboo than many of the other denominations. So if you did drink it was very hush hush.

                • Servetus

                  I made a ton of social mistakes in MO because I didn’t realize at first that it was “south” and not “midwest.” Ah well. But yeah — lots of odd boundaries there. Baptists who own vineyards, for instance … ? I never got that.

                  And Armitage is English. I have to say the first times I was in England I was freaked out by the way the people around me drank, especially in professional/social settings, and I was no “lightweight.” And then he was speaking to an Australian audience here … and he probably knows a lot more Australians after the last two years.

                • Oh, yeah, being Southern Baptist myself, I know all about those taboos, Jas. People worry about someone seeing them at the ABC (liquor) store. πŸ˜‰
                  Aussies are sort of known for their love of beer, aren’t they? And yeah, Brits do seem to be able to do some serious drinking. I so rarely drink, it doesn’t take much to have an effect on me LOL

              • LOL…I can attest to that – many of them drink like fishes AT church! (Bingo, fish frys, etc…)

                • Now, see, folks would be having conniptions here if that happened. Oh, and NO bingo at church. That there is gambling, dontchaknow?? (I won’t get into the number of β€œgood Baptists” who make the trek south to the big Indian casino in Atmore LOL)

                  • You’re reminding me of all the times I heard about how “sin” was right there in the middle of Casino. Like a big neon sign warning against such evil. *facepalm*

                    • Listen, we had a lady who didn’t want the teenagers to hold a raffle to raise funds for a trip because that was β€œgambling.” Or wash cars in front of the church to raise funds because that was conducting commerce on church grounds. *sigh* I think we can take things a little too far . . .

                    • Good lord. People need to pull there heads out of their…well, you know where I’m going with that. πŸ˜‰

                    • Servetus

                      If only it were that easy to see “sin” where it is — virtue would be so much less complicated πŸ™‚

                  • Protestants are so uptight πŸ™‚ (kidding – I’d have to count myself in the number)

                    In my local experience, the at church variety of drinking tends to be in the big Catholic parishes in the context of some or another celebration…these prohibitions are all very curious when you look at them from the outside probably. Imagine my horror when I moved to Pennsylvania and learned i couldn’t buy beer in liquor in the same store, much less in the supermarket…Philistines πŸ˜‰

                    • Servetus

                      yeah, I was gonna say I tend to think of drinking “in” church as a Catholic thing (where “in” church *doesn’t* mean during worship services). But I think WI Lutherans, anyway, regularly have beer at a church picnic, even if they wouldn’t necessarily have it at potluck dinner in their fellowship hall πŸ™‚

                • Oh my word, I can’t even tell you the outcry and hissy fits that would go down if someone tried to bring alcohol to a Southern Baptist gathering. Gluttonous amounts of food where people can barely move afterwards, no problem. But alcohol, forget about it!

                  • And I can attest there are a lot of hefty Baptists . . . so preaching on the sin of gluttony is NOT very popular.

                    • From an insider perspective, and I imagine you’d agree, gluttony seems to be the sin Southern Baptists conveniently forgot about.

                    • I totally agree. Funny how we pick and choose our really bad sins, isn’t it?

                  • We had to have an act of “congress” to reinstitute using actual wine for communion a few years ago – but it has to do more about our connection to AA than it does about any doctrinal connection.

            • Drink on Mr. A! Beer, wine, tequila, rum, vodka, whiskey…whatever floats your boat. πŸ˜‰

              • Servetus

                vodka, was the word early on πŸ™‚

                • I remember, I just didn’t want to limit him. πŸ˜‰

                  • Servetus

                    πŸ™‚ me either. But I want to support the vodka impulse; it’s my first liquor choice too and makes me like him. Rum, not so much πŸ™‚

                    • Vodka makes me think of Lucas and then RA speaking Russian, so I find THAT appealing.

                    • Rum makes me think of that postcard someone made with a topless JP on the beach. πŸ˜‰ All good choices I think.

      • Servetus

        Risking that by analyzing context I’m taking this more seriously than you meant it, I’ll tell you why I didn’t believe him the first time. First, he said long ago in an interview that his favorite couch potato evening involved pizza and beer at home and rugby, I believe. Then, during the Spooks 9 interview cycle he mentioned that he consumed pizza and beer together — when asked about stripping for topless scenes and how he felt about it, saying he didn’t want to strip right after having eaten that stuff. So we already knew that he connected having to appear sexy with concern about his food / alcohol consumption. Starting with the Cinemaxx interview, he’d finished that question where he said he didn’t himself want to be fat and he was incredibly vain. Then he was asked about beer vs exercise. Most people think that there’s a direct consumption between beer drinking and weight gain, and in particular weight gain on the belly / thighs etc. It would have been difficult rhetorically to say, after saying he didn’t want to appear to be fat, to say that he’d rather drink beer than exercise. So apart from what he may or not be drinking in his real life, or drank while filming the Hobbit, in that Cinemaxx interview setting, his first answer would have made it difficult for him to then say that he preferred drinking beer to exercising.

      • Jane

        I’m sure he has a fluid identity. I have always suspected that he is not quite human and when his atoms assemble again to gain human form, it is always a bit different. The pics from Australia are consistent, but when you look at the pics from the recent London PR, it is a slightly different person. And it is not just that the cold is gone and the beard has grown.

  4. There’s a long list of contradictions. I would love to do a funny comparison for him for an interview. ‘Which is it, Richard? Is it this … Or is it this?’

    : D

    (I think he is being silly a lot of the time, but people think he is serious, probably because of his delivery.)

    • That would be a great interview, Janine! If he’s anything like the rest of us, a real answer would probably be something like, “It depends on what day it is.” πŸ˜‰

      I agree that he’s being silly most of the time, which is why I find it so humorous. Really, beer or wine, does it matter? πŸ™‚

  5. I think he’s largely having fun with us. Teasing, playing a bit of cat and mouse at times, and I really enjoy that aspect of his personality. My take on RA is he takes his work very seriously; himself, not so much. And like my husband, he can say things in such a way he seems quite serious when he’s pulling your leg the entire time. Cheeky monkeys!! πŸ˜‰ I also like Janine’s interview idea A LOT. πŸ˜€

    • I think you’re right about him taking the work seriously, but not himself so much. My dad was the same way you describe your husband. I remember as a kid and teenager being so embarrassed because people would take him seriously when those of us who knew him well, knew he was joking.

  6. Lianne

    He does seem to contradict himself some, lol. He has also said that he first read the Hobbit at 9 years old and 7 years old. I cut him slack because when you get in your 40’s it’s tough to remember that kind of stuff.

    Bottom line, he’s a beautiful man that appears to be a decent human being and that gives him a lot of leeway in my book, lol.

    • LOL if he’s forgetful on occasion, especially when in the midst of one of these publicity juggernauts, I have no problem with it. How can I, when of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most??;)

    • Lianne, I totally agree with you about him getting how old he was when he first read The Hobbit mixed up. How many of us remember the exact age we were when we read such and such book as a child? I’d venture to guess not very many.

      Like I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t hold this stuff against him, I just find it funny. If he was outright lying about something important, that might be another story, but he seems like a decent person to me.

      • Servetus

        For me (as my comment above probably suggests), it’s about evidence and figuring out the real story. I really *am* a historian at heart as much as I’ve grown to dislike universities. Regardless of the different answers he gives to a question like when he first read TH, one is right and the others are wrong. You can only read a book for the first time once. So one begins asking, okay, when he gives different versions of this story, what is he talking about? Where do his discrepancies have meaning and where are they random? Historians also know that oral histories are flawed and people’s memories are poor — but it’s our job to excavate the events from people’s stories about them.

        That said, what he prefers to drink or when he first read a book are not things I care about personally. He can drink or remember his life however he likes. It’s how he expresses himself about these things that’s fascinating.

  7. I think he was just going with the alliteration and rhyme, but that’s just me.

    • He could very well have been doing that, Jazzy. I just get a kick out of it when he so obviously says something that seems to contradict other statements he’s made.

    • There’s a poetic soul πŸ™‚

  8. That and he’s totally messing with us.

  9. And on the messing with us thing…I say bring it on. It takes a certain amount of confidence and self-assurance to tease the fanbase and those pics yesterday? Oh, boyfriend has it in spades. Here’s hoping this is the end of Precious Armitage.

  10. To be replaced by Frat Boy Armitage? This should be interesting…lol! πŸ™‚

    • Frat Boy Armitage sounds like a lot of fun! I’m liking the things the Australian DJs get him to say. πŸ™‚

      • Servetus

        I think that’s a lot of what’s consistent here is “chameleon Armitage” — his interviews consistently reflect that “people pleaser” thing. If people want him to be serious, he’ll try; if they want him to be virtuous, he’ll try to give them that; if they want him to let it all hang out, he’ll do that, too. He’s better at some of those things than others, of course. I’m unsurprised that uninhibited Australians bring out certain features in his personality. I hope he enjoys that, too.

        • He definitely seems to adapt to please the people who are interviewing him. These interviews with the Australian DJs seem so much more fun and laid back. I hope that’s really the case for him and that he isn’t just putting on a good show.

          • Servetus

            I’d argue for “both / and,” i.e., I don’t think it’s a performance of something that’s not there, but he may be allowing that piece of his personality to be glimpsed or putting it more aggressively into view in response to this particular atmosphere.

            • Remember the candid photo of him that surfaced, Richard as a gleeful youth with his mouth WIDE OPEN? I think when he’s relaxed and feeling good as he seems to be in these latest interviews, a bit of that fun-loving young Rich comes out more clearly. And yeah, as a people pleaser it’s natural for him to somewhat mirror the mood and personality of the interviewer.

              Actually, as someone who used to conduct interviews, I learned to pick up on the vibes of the person I was interviewing and use body language and tone of voice to help put them at ease in my presence. And that might mean behaving in a more serious/formal manner or a more relaxed, laid-back way. A lot of it is reading people.

              I think the man who gives us multi-faceted and complex characters is also pretty multi-faceted himself.

  11. katie70

    This has been fun reading everyone’s comments. Have you been listening, there is a quiz at the end, haha.
    Drink what you want Mr. A.
    I really like don’t talk about drinking bit. Here is my story, Dad- Do you drink? Katie- Not at all Dad (not since last night and that was good wine) Dad- Is husband a drinker? Katie- No (not since last night). My husbands sister is funny that way too, but since her family fell off there pedestal I think I will have one right in front of her to see what she will say.

  12. Jane

    In one of the many interviews that appeared during the last 24h he said he is 8’3″ and about twice the height of the interviewer. So what to make of that?

    BTW I can’t even remember the year I did my exams and started working. I hardly remember my age.

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  15. All this talk about drinking makes me wish my bronchitis gone so I can indulge again – and soon!

    I’m quite fortunate to have been raised in Southeast Asia where drinking was part of the culture and I had my first taste of beer before I turned 5. I didn’t start drinking till I was 16 and growing up with brothers and all male cousins in my age range (the other girls were all at least 6 years younger) meant I was around some really fun and oftentimes raunchy circles.

    By the time I was in my 20’s, I was an old pro. And when I moved away to the US, I’m glad I didn’t end up where drinking was frowned upon – thank you, Los Angeles and New York! But that’ didn’t mean I qualified to be in AA (yes, I know sea ail is one of the signs). It just meant that I knew my way around a bar, dart boards and pool tables (it helps when baby brother competed professionally), and around boy talk about lighting farts or other worst things boys get themselves into.

    So Richard talking about lighting farts was nothing strange to me. I loved hearing him talk boy talk because let’s face it, when boys get together, boys will always be boys. And I’m so grateful to Scotty and Nige for letting that little boy out for a change πŸ˜‰

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