“I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones,” he told The Independent ahead of the DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“It’s very close to The Hobbit and quite close to [past project] Robin Hood, so I probably ought to do something more contemporary.
“But God, if an interesting role comes your way, of course you jump in with both feet.”
Thorin is a complex, intense character to play, and, after three films in the role (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and the forthcoming There and Back Again), Armitage says he is more than ready to try something different.
Fans are unlikely to catch him in a rom-com anytime soon, as the 42-year old believes he is not that “kind of actor, but says the wider genre of comedy definitely interests him.
“I’d like a bit of a crack at some kind of anarchic comedy, but whether or not I’m skilful enough at it all, we’ll see,” he said. “I’ve definitely been trying; I’m chasing comedy like never before.
“My New Year’s resolution was to go and find something that’s funny, have more fun. We’ll see if it’s proving fruitful...maybe.”
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“The stage is always possible,” Armitage said. “I’m looking at stuff. If there is something, it will be this year.”
Catch Richard Armitage in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, released today on Blu-ray and DVD
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