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02 December 2007 @ 03:35 pm
It's a man's world: Jonas Armstrong  
By STEPHANIE SMITH
Last updated at 18:49pm on 9th November 2007

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TV's Robin Hood on fitness, fashion and football and his near miss with a big green leprechaun tattoo


I only wash my jeans every eight months. I've got a pair by Nudie and you're not supposed to wash them for eight months at a time to preserve the colour. They're really dark denim. Instead of washing, I just hang them out from time to time. It sounds a bit weird, but they're great jeans. Either those or Diesel is what you'll usually find me in.

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When I was 14, I almost had a big green leprechaun tattooed on my forearm. Thank God I didn't – it would have been a nightmare to cover up as an actor. I went with a group of mates and, being Irish, thought a leprechaun would be perfect. I'm the only one of my friends who doesn't have any tattoos now, but I'm not against the whole body-art thing.
I'm a big fan of the Adidas three-stripe old-school zip-up tracksuit tops. I've got several for everyday wear, including an olive-green one, a burgundy one and a cream one with leather arms. They go with everything.
Plain white T-shirts do it for me every time. You can spend anything from£3 to £50 on a T-shirt, but I've bought some great ones from H&M, as well as shelling out on Duffer Of St George and a Polish label I discovered while filming Robin Hood in Hungary called Scotch And Soda. They do interesting styles – my current favourite has a gorilla's face on in.
I'm a real trainers freak. For Christmas when I was ten all I craved was a pair of SPX trainers. Luckily, Santa Claus obliged – and I've been into trainers ever since, usually Nike or Adidas. Sometimes I'll even go for non-branded pumps that I'll pick up in a department store.
Finding out there were no tights in this version of Robin Hood was a real relief. I'm so skinny, people would be turning off in droves. The soft leather outfits are a lot more flattering. It was a shock when I was picked – I thought they'd go for some meaty 6ft 4in guy with flowing blonde hair, instead of a slim six-footer.
If I don't go to the gym and work out, I look like a bag of bones. I go three times a week usually and it's nearly all weights work to help with definition. As far as keeping fit goes, I've never had a problem really, and everything we do on set keeps us fit when we're filming.
Jewellery's not a big thing for me. The only thing I wear is a gold cross on a chain that I got for my 21st birthday. You have to take it off every day for filming, but that's the only time I'm not wearing it. You won't find me in rings, bracelets or earrings.
I suffered a traditional footballer's injury on set. I did a Wayne Rooney and broke a metatarsal bone in my foot. He broke the fifth, I broke the third, which is more unusual. It was during a swordfight with Richard Armitage, who plays Guy Of Gisborne. It wasn't really his fault – I fell badly. But I did smash a bench over his back in revenge.
It's flattering that there are lots of internet fan sites about me. I'm a bit of a technophobe and I don't even own a laptop, but it's probably a good thing I'm not logged on, checking up on what everyone is saying about me.
I've always been a stubble man, I don't do clean-shaven. So having a beard for most of the past two years hasn't been too much of a stretch for me. What you see on screen is about two weeks' growth and it's well looked after by the make-up people, as is our skin, so I don't worry too much about creams, potions and moisturisers. I suppose I'll have to think more about that when I'm not filming.
 
 
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Ery-chanerychan86 on December 2nd, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's so hot!!!

You're welcome! ;)
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Ery-chanerychan86 on December 2nd, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
yes you're right!!!

Anyway i really like his style ;)