- February 26th, 2012
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While I wholeheartedly understand and respect the fact that as a production of the nature and calibre of ‘Dust and Shadows’ nears completion that tempers grow shorter, I have reached what may be considered my ‘breaking point’ with Ritter. He is rude, classless and boorish, and not in the strangely endearing sort of way that Stone manages to affect.
Since our interview I have suspected that Ritter’s hatred of psychologists is far from a put-on persona and his recent behaviour toward me has confirmed my suspicions that while the character of ‘Ritter’ may be a fictional construction, his general malaise and animosity toward myself – and people in general, Ste.Croix being a noted exception – is almost certainly not an act.
And yet from my observations of the Steampunk Convention show and the Opening Gala, people are strangely drawn to him – although admittedly in a much different fashion than they are to Stone’s gregarious outrageousness. Ritter’s stand-offish personality are reminiscent more of BBC One’s recent Sherlock and less of outright hatred for the human race, but what the average person fails to recognize is that while Benedict Cumberbatch may be putting on what is in essence an oddly lovable sociopathic persona, true sociopaths will just as soon watch you be run over by a lorry as have a pleasant conversation with you over a cup of tea.
I am starting to believe that Ritter may in fact be at least moderately – if not extremely – sociopathic, given his utter lack of empathy toward any other member of the human species. Even his grudging respect for Ste.Croix appears predicated on the notion that he feels she somehow has power over him – and not on anything that a normal person would recognise as affection.
Suffice it to say that were it not for the considerable amount of temporal and financial resources already invested in this project, my contempt for Ritter might have caused me to throw the entire thing out with the proverbial bathwater.