Tuesday 11 September 2012

Nice to meet you...

... Gary!

For weeks now, we have been wondering whether Richard Armitage’s character in the new film ‘Black Sky’ would be another ‘John’, a name that so many of his most memorable characters have shared: John Thornton in North and South, John Standring in Sparkhouse, John Bateman in Spooks, John Porter in Strike Back, John Mulligan in Moving On

Todd Garner, producer of the film, has been tweeting pictures of RA on set, in character, making us fans extremely happy. Thank you, Mr. Garner!

Richard Armitage as 'Gary' on the set of Black Sky
Picture shared on Twitter by the film's producer, Todd Garner

Today, Mr. Garner also solved the mystery of the character’s name, in answer to a question from fellow blogger Gratiana Lovelace on Twitter. To my extremely great pleasure, it’s not another John. RA’s character in Black Sky is named ‘Gary’. It sounds very American to me, for some reason, but that’s OK as RA will also be rocking an American accent in this film.

But does the name fit the character? Well, let’s have a look at the meaning of the name ‘Gary’:

The masculine given name Gary is derived from the word 'spear' in Germanic (gar = spear), meaning a 'spear bearer' and the name (also spelled Garry) is an "acceptable" Anglicised spelling of the Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic personal name Garaidh which, like Gary, is also pronounced gæri.

In German the meaning of the name Gary is: Gentle. Modest and brave Sir Gareth was a legendary knight of King Arthur's Round Table.

People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.

Well, now you know what to expect! ;-)

I, for one, am very much looking forward to this film (we will have to wait until 2013, unfortunately). It may be ‘just another tornado movie’, but Richard Armitage’s talent will take any old disaster movie to a completely different level (in my own humble opinion, that is). And it’s another chance to see my second favourite man (after my own sweety, of course!) on the silver screen. I’m sure Mr. Armitage is also enjoying the chance to play a ‘normal’ character after going through life as Thorin Oakenshield for The Hobbit for almost 2 years!

Thank you Todd Garner – and please keep sharing those pictures!
You can follow Mr. Garner on Twitter @Todd_Garner


  1. Giggles! I love the name Gary! Thanks for the shout out! Todd Garner's kind response proves that it never hurts to ask the question on our minds. Ha!

  2. I confess that I was not convinced of that name (I couldn't see him as a Gary, if you know what I mean). But looking at it from the perspective of its meaning, it is another story.
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing the wonderful picture and satisfying my nominal curiousity. ;)Gary does sound very American, but it also reminds me of another Brit named Cary! Now we'll all be going crazy guessing his last name!
    Bccmee had us all guessing on her blog post Tornado of Love:http://fanvideos.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/richard-armitage-tornado-of-love/
    I suggested Cary then too. (pretty close, eh?) But as a joke with the last name Offenbach, as in Cary Offenbach. (He can Carry me Off and NOT bring me Back!) ;D

    1. So true Phylly3,
      As I tweeted back to RAC, I'm working on a blog post for Wednesday--with another blogging friend--with 5 surname guesses that people can vote on. Of course, Mr. Garner might preempt me. Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->

  4. Funny, my German RL first name has the same origin (the spear in a battle, quite tough, eh??) albeit not the same spelling and I've chosen „Gerry“ as a nickname, especially on visits in the US, as the Americans have had really a hard time in understanding and pronouncing my name! I actually never used a nickname in England. Now that I'm writing this lines it occurs to be a bit strange...
    Inge, thanks for bringing this up. It was very interesting as I wouldn't have recognized the affiliation.
    Let's hope for a worthwile good movie with Gary!! (ok RA is always worthwhile, of course!! ;->)

  5. Being Scottish I'm liking the name much better now that you have given us the Gaelic equivalent! :) So now I can say it and roll my "r's" or say it like they do here in North America!!

  6. Now that I know the meaning of the name Gary, I quite like it - especially since I'm part Scottish myself. :-)