There is something about Richard’s, as what Guylty coined, hand of embarrassment that I always wanted to look for it in every interviews. Maybe he doesn’t seem to notice how often he does it. Others look for a smile. Some look for a glimpse of those beautiful eyes directed on the screen. But to me, it’s this.
Sometimes he just uses two or three fingers to caress his stubble, more often he uses one to touch the side of his nose. My favorite one was during the George Stroumboulopoulos’ show in his visit to Canada to promote The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey. In the interview , George showed him one of his fan videos. (See gif below) He covered his eyes and he wore that playful grin.
So it started out as one or two videos that I saw him doing that adorable habit of his… And then I went back to his older interviews and… it’s like seeing gold! It’s almost as if I hit the jackpot and GIF it right away.
And now… it’s become a thing-to-do of mine when I’m watching his interviews. When I see him doing it in an interview, I would smile and tell myself “he’s doing that again” and “Imma GIF you”
You can see the variations from beard-love to nose-graze, between-the-eyes-thumbing, lip-playing, chin-touching… and it’s for you to name then all.
Some say this signifies that uneasiness he feels and sometime that self-consciousness that he’s sometimes guilty of. For me, it always shows how shy he can be on interviews and you know that fame he’s been having isn’t making him less shy.
Richard has many habits all of us fans want to see. There’s that gesticulating thing that he does too. And that sitting like a h… but to me. This is my favorite. This is a welcome distraction. When I see this on his interviews… it’s a like a home-run.