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A Thread Dedicated to the Awesome Alan Rickman

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edited November 2011 in General
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After talking to a few forum members we decided that this man deserves a thread dedicated to him.
So, share videos, pics, quotes...whatever you feel like sharing (related to Alan Rickman, of course)!
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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
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  • RichardRichard Posts: 48,700 mod
    Oh man.... I will tomorrow :)
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    bahahaha one of my favorites
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  • RichardRichard Posts: 48,700 mod
    No one post anything from sweeney todd till i do tomorrow...

    As if.
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    bahahaha one of my favorites
    I love you!!! I love this scene from Dogma!
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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    No one post anything from sweeney todd till i do tomorrow...

    As if.
    Do you know what you are asking lmao...
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  • RichardRichard Posts: 48,700 mod
    I know liz :( but.. but... Gah. I want to post awseome ones from sweeney todd!!
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  • RyGuyRyGuy Posts: 7,872 mod
    Alan Rickman, the best actor in Harry Potter.
    I will drink to that man :-bd
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  • Cyber-LogicCyber-Logic Posts: 508 ✭✭
    edited November 2011
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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    Bump :D
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  • SwedishSkinJerSwedishSkinJer Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    I'll be in the same room as Alan soon. I just have to decide if I want to wait until the previews are over or go as early as next week.

    One thing, however, is set in stone: I'll be attending a matinee performance to have a chance of getting his autograph once the performance is over. As soon as the show is over and the crowd is dispersing inside the theater, I'll be busting ass to be as close to the stage door as possible.
  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    Omg...so Awesome @SwedishSkinJer!!! I'm happy for you but boiling with jealousy at the same time :P
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  • SwedishSkinJerSwedishSkinJer Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭
    I missed the opportunity to potentially receive Dan's autograph when I went to see How to Succeed back in March because I thought I had to be back at Penn Station sooner than I actually did (I attended a matinee performance, which ended around 10:00 or so, and I was under the impression that my return trip was at 10:30, so I didn't want to risk getting lost on the way out of the theater). So, once I arrived back at the station where my bus would be parking, I was informed that I still had about an hour remaining, time which I could have used to stay around the stage door for at least a half hour.
  • AllStar87AllStar87 Posts: 1,157 ✭✭✭
    One of his most epic shots. In Die Hard 1, the shot of him falling.
  • SwedishSkinJerSwedishSkinJer Posts: 1,053 ✭✭✭
    According to IMDB, Alan Rickman's expression as he's falling to his "death" in Die Hard is genuine:

    For the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building, Alan Rickman was actually falling from a 21-foot high model. He was holding on to a stunt man and falling on to an air bag. To get the right reaction, the stunt man dropped Rickman on the count of two, not three.
  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    @Richard where are your Sweeney Todd posts? You're killing me!!
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  • Martin1Martin1 Posts: 7,844 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mother fucking legend
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  • JoshieJoshie Posts: 4,762 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm so glad JKR made Snape a VERY important character.
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    most awesome caterpillar ever!
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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2011
    [spoiler]


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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    The spoiler above is a vid. I added a spoiler because in the last few seconds of the vid Rickman gets completely naked...lol
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  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
  • LizLiz Posts: 2,308 ✭✭✭✭
    According to this article http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerfriedman/2012/03/28/harry-potters-snape-could-play-ronnie-to-jane-fondas-nancy-reagan/?feed=rss_home
    Alan Rickman could possibly play Ronald Reagan opposite Jane Fonda in the movie "The Butler". Sorry if this is old news or if someone else has been named. I have been out of the movie loop lately, thanks to school.
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  • LadyLaRougeLadyLaRouge Posts: 37
    so it was a search regaurding Allan Rickman that lead me to this thread and forum. Are any of you Alan lovers still around to revive it? Anyone also know a forum specifically for him? Recently saw Blow Dry by chance which I loved and Dogma which I'd heard people talk about for years but didn't even know he was in untill he appeared on the screen. :x
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  • LadyLaRougeLadyLaRouge Posts: 37
    lets see if I can figue this out to restart things...found this interview the other day which is longer than just the short movie lead up bits so he covers a lot. It's 4 parts. This is the first one which should lead you to the others but if people can't find them I can post the links.


    and an interesting short Snape one
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  • jdnightjdnight Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    It's been awfully quiet here lately...
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  • LadyLaRougeLadyLaRouge Posts: 37
    yes- I was wondering where the Allan love had gone (it was a search on him that led me to this forum) but I will certainly help make it more noisey if people are so inclined. Have found some other fun links and info. I also do truely admire him as a diverse actor. ^:)^
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    yes- I was wondering where the Allan love had gone (it was a search on him that led me to this forum) but I will certainly help make it more noisey if people are so inclined. Have found some other fun links and info. I also do truely admire him as a diverse actor. ^:)^

    Aw, it's alright. I was just making a general statement. We all have lives. ;)

    There's just been quite a bit of news with him lately - new projects and stuff - that haven't been updated here (I think some of this news has been posted in separate threads, though, like CBGB which is not just his film but a huge ensemble film). I will admit that a lot of his recent projects and his choice in characters have been ''meh'' to me but I can help with bringing this forum back. No need to act alone. :)
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  • jdnightjdnight Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    edited September 2013
    First update:

    Review: 'CBGB' starring Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint

    As we previously reported, Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint's new film CBGB is now available to watch on DIRECTV. The DIRECTV page describes the film saying:

    "Though originally conceived as a country and bluegrass venue, Hilly Kristal's (Alan Rickman) New York club becomes the birthplace of underground and punk music, and helps launch the careers of such bands as Blondie, the Ramones and the Police."

    MuggleNet has a review of this new film, which can be found on our blog, or by clicking right here. Here is just a snippet of our review:

    "CBGB is enjoyable as a film, but falls short in really reaching the mythos of the iconic club and its importance in the punk rock community. Alan Rickman once again turns in a stellar performance as Hilly Kristal, the twice bankrupt owner of CBGB. His portrayal of the stubborn and frustrating Kristal make you root for his unlikely (and sometimes unlikable) protagonist. But the movie falters as they spend too much time showing the financial struggles of Kristal and the fighting between Kristal and his daughter Lisa (Ashley Greene) instead of showcasing the impact this small club in the Bowery of New York City had on the creation and mobilization of punk rock."

    You can watch the film's official trailer right here.

    You can still watch CBGB on DIRECTV until October 2nd. If you have DIRECTV you can it watch for a nominal fee right here. If you don't, the movie hits theaters on October 11th.

    Source: http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/7235

    I watched it. It was okay. This review pretty much nails it. There's no score yet on Rotten Tomatoes, just one rotten review. It currently holds a 7.9/10 rating on IMDb.
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    These stills were extremely difficult to find in large enough, good enough quality. Many thanks to the numerous seekers on Tumblr and elsewhere:

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    schnix:

    Alan Rickman arrives for a memorial service for the actor Richard Griffiths at St.James’s Church in London.




    Griffiths' death... still... :(
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  • jdnightjdnight Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    edited September 2013
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    Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint, CBGB (2013)

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    A Promise Premieres/Events:

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    ALAN RICKMAN at the premiere of ‘A Promise’ during the 70th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy.

    © Luana Burton Martignon

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    Alan attends ‘Une Promesse’ Photocall during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy.

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    Press conference for “Une Promesse”, Venice, 04/09/2013

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    Alan Rickman and Richard Madden in A Promise (2013)

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  • LadyLaRougeLadyLaRouge Posts: 37
    I love to hear these interviews with him and hear him talk about the acting and costuning stuff. It's a lot of what is fulling this artistic infatuation I have going right now with him. I've like him for years but recently realised how much he's done that I've missed. Bought an Alan Rickman over dose for my birthday in a month and watched Snow Cake which I'd never seen last night (but a coupe will be saved for the day.) Think I am going to try to watch Blow Dry right now which I've only seen TV edits of. :D
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  • jdnightjdnight Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    Rupert recently did an interview with Vulture where he talked briefly about Rickman in CBGB:
    Did you feel any echoes of Ron and Snape in the scene where Cheetah first meets Hilly? Because you're being so polite and calling Alan Rickman sir ...
    Yeah, I was kind of getting flashbacks. I love Alan. He's one of my favorites, and he was completely transformed. I was surprised when I saw him. He was just completely in that zone, as he was when he was Snape, when he was quite intimidating. And yeah, when I was doing that first scene, it was weird! I was getting flashbacks of when I was 11, because I kind of grew up with him, really, in a weird way, so he's been in my life for a long time. So it was kind of cool to see him out of that world and in a completely new environment.
    Source: http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/rupert-grint-on-cbgb-and-butt-tattoos.html

    And an Exclusive Interview conducted by SnitchSeeker with Jody Savin and Randy Miller on CBGB:
    SnitchSeeker: You worked with Alan Rickman on a couple of films prior to CBGB. How did you two meet?
    Randy Miller: The first movie we did with him was called Nobel Son, which was about a Nobel prize winning chemist loosely based on my dad - he was on a team of people who won the Nobel prize. So we pursued him, like you would any actor. I remember we had this long route where different agents passed on it. We finally got to him.

    Jody Savin: Everyone kept saying, "No, he's never going to do that. No, move on. Move on.

    Randy: We eventually got to this London agent and he called us up and said yes. So we became friends with [Alan]. Professional friends, and regular friends, too. And then we did Bottleshock and we convinced him to do that with us. He played an English wine connoisseur. This one (CBGB) was a couple years after Bottleshock and we asked him to look at it. It took awhile. He said he liked it. Jody went back to New York and worked a bit with him on the script.

    Jody: We spent three days going through everything, making sure we were on the same page about everything. And then he said OK.

    SnitchSeeker: And you wrote all three of these scripts that he's done for you?
    Randy and Jody: We wrote them together.

    SnitchSeeker: Why does he like working with you two so much?
    Randy: I think just the way we are, there's mutual respect. We don't do anything lightly. We go into it wholeheartedly and I think he really appreciates that. It's not really about the commerce, and that's what he really appreciates.

    SnitchSeeker: Most good actors do.
    Randy: Once you get past the agents and the reps and everybody, you get the real actor, the artist. That's what it's about. If you find someone where it's not like that, then we're probably not going to work with them anyway.

    Jody: They probably don't want to do independent movies.

    Randy: Because there's not a lot of money. You're doing a movie sometimes in not the best environment, location or whatever. You're doing the best you can. So he really is all about that.

    SnitchSeeker: What is Alan's work ethic like?
    Jody: He's a perfectionist. He wants everything completely accurate. He studies everything really, really, really hard. He doesn't take anything lightly. He never wings it at all. He's always extraordinarily prepared. He's a very generous actor. He's always there for the other actor.

    Randy: He never leaves the set. He's one of those kind of people who ... oftentimes you'll hear stories about actors who, when it's not their coverage, they're not really performing. [Alan] is always there. He's always performing with the other actor. He is always on set even when it's miserably hot.

    SnitchSeeker: He's there to work.
    Randy: Yeah, he doesn't go back to his trailer. He stays.

    Jody: And he's very encouraging to young actors and new actors. He's great because he's an icon in his industry. For a bunch of actors in this movie, this is their first professional job. He was so kind and encouraging to them and that meant so much to them that it raises their performances up.

    SnitchSeeker: Both Alan and Rupert Grint did American accents in this film.
    Randy: We had a phenomenal dialect coach on the set all the time for both Alan and Rupert.

    Jody: Well, for everyone.

    Randy: Even Malin Akerman, who played [Debbie Harry of] Blondie, had a very specific accent. We tried to make it a great working environment for everybody. That's how we are. We work together, and we probably step on each other all the time, but we're basically about trying to create almost like a theater company of actors who really want to work together and support each other. That's what we try to accomplish.
    The full interview can be read at the Source: http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/rupert-grints-cbgb-filmmakers-talk-the-drummer-working-with-alan-rickman-95051/
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  • jdnightjdnight Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    edited October 2013
    Savin and Miller sound like a really interesting filmmaking duo in person, but they really need to find a new leading actor/actress. They're really doing nothing for Rickman's career; their collaboration with him so far has been mediocre at best.

    I'm not a mega fan of Rickman either, although, for as disciplined as an actor he is in his craft, he has been picking some very undistinguished, uninspiring films to appear in lately. CBGB could have been magnificent, but it failed to stand out as an original biopic, which is sad given how great the casting is, the music and the biographical elements of the club (still really pissed that they closed it for good). I'm not extremely surprised by this, however. Nobel Son was just dreadful and Bottle Shock was only slightly more acceptable, but still, not terrific. There are some very excellent independent films out there; Rickman is currently not involved with any of them. By contrast, his stage work has been outshining his film work. Shouldn't the two compliment each other? Or is it wrong to compare such two separate entities? Perhaps, he'll come back around with his second directorial film. The synopsis sounds dull, but the casting is fine and maybe the camerawork will be something notable. The Winter Guest was actually very decent for a directorial film debut, largely thanks to the camerawork, the performances and Sharman Macdonald's superb writing.

    Just my two pence. No one is inclined to agree.
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    Alan Rickman on Punk, 'Potter,' and the Likelihood of a 'Galaxy Quest' Sequel

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    Selected Quotes:
    What made you want to take on this part?
    I thought he was completely fascinating in the sense that he started a club that was supposed to honor country music ["CBGB" stands for "Country, Bluegrass and Blues"], and he never got to play any country music there. Along came punk and he was smart enough and open enough and generous enough to listen to what their point of view was. In fact, he became a kind of father figure to all these wild young things.

    How did you get into character?
    Lots of videos you can watch of Hilly and some private ones I was given. I was able to just watch him for hours, really, walking, talking, being. [The real Hilly died in 2007.]

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    Rupert Grint is in this too. And he even drops his pants at one point! How hard do you think it is for actors from the "Harry Potter" films to be seen in different roles?
    It's as easy or difficult as people make it for them. They're all three of them [Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson] great people and all three of them very talented actors. If people have enough common sense, they'll let them have careers, because, why not?

    Have you kept up with their films?
    I look forward to seeing Daniel's new film about Ginsberg and I didn't see Emma's film, what was it called... "The Bling...?" I haven't seen that, but no I stay in touch with them. Rupert is rehearsing a play at the moment so he's going on stage for the first time. Daniel is ever adventurous and Emma's gone back to finishing her degree at Brown. So they're a great threesome.

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    Would you like to do more "big" films like Harry Potter or do you prefer the smaller ones?
    I don't mind what size they are. Is there some fun to be had, or entertainment to be given. or a good story to tell? I'm not really aware of the budget. It was a bit like that when we shot "Galaxy Quest." We were playing a bunch of little actors surrounded by all of this mayhem. And so, in a way, it's a sort of metaphor for the whole thing.

    People have been hoping for years for a sequel to "Galaxy Quest." Any hope of that ever happening?
    They'd need a few zimmer frames [Laughs]. [Ed's note: Zimmer frame is British for walkers]
    The full interview can be read at the Source: http://news.moviefone.com/2013/10/08/alan-rickman-cbgb/
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    Alan Rickman doesn't think he'll return for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

    'Harry Potter' Reunion: Daniel Radcliffe And Alan Rickman Reveal What It'd Take
    Actors weigh in on whether or not they'll return for 'Fantastic Beats.'

    In the wake of news that J.K. Rowling would return to the wizarding world for a new series of films based on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the minds of "Harry Potter" fans have been racing, thinking of how their favorite characters might return to the big screen.

    Though the new series of films will follow Newt Scamander in the 1920s, the "Harry Potter" series has dabbled with time travel, so anything is possible. When the question was put to Daniel Radcliffe by The Hollywood Reporter, that was the only way he could imagine Harry Potter showing up again, but for the most part, he thinks he's done.

    "I don't think I'm going to be coming back.... We can't be doing these characters when we're 40, so there has to be a line drawn," Radcliffe said.

    He wouldn't, however, say "no" definitively "because I never know what Jo [Rowling] is going to write, but at the moment I'm in the same position that everyone else is in — waiting to hear what information is coming out because I don't know anything about these new films."

    Radcliffe's former on-screen professor, Alan Rickman, is in essentially the same position, but he knew even less. When he spoke with MTV News' Josh Horowitz about his new movie "CBGB," he hadn't heard about plans for a new movie at all.

    "I don't really know what she's doing," Rickman said.

    While he answered the question as diplomatically as Radcliffe, unwilling to rule out an appearance, he had the same reservations.

    "I suppose I'm wise enough to never say 'never,' but I'm dead so I don't know where I'm going to be scrapped back from. I'm so dead."
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    Alan Rickman & Rupert Grint On 'CBGB,' Reuniting Post-'Potter' And Favorite Halloween Costumes

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    Did you grow up listening to the music depicted in the movie?

    Rickman: Obviously I was aware of the huge rise of The Police in England, and as an art student I was very much a fan of Talking Heads. And then Blondie, but I wasn’t a hard punk-rock fan at the time. But of course I was also very much around the height of The Beatles and The Stones, so it was like that was the lone star and everything spun off from there. And [Bob] Dylan, very much so. ... England in the ‘60s and the ‘70s was everything that history has said; it was phenomenally exciting, musically. One was very shaped by that.

    Grint: It was that whole era that I liked. I like, obviously, The Sex Pistols and The Clash, Blondie as well, and The Ramones. Some amazing people performed on that stage. ... I went through a real punk phase not that long ago, and yeah, it was probably the reason why I decided to do it, because I have such a love for that.

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    Not knowing much of the mythology of CBGB, how did you come to learn about your characters?

    Rickman: What I really enjoyed and what made it interesting to play was the fact that he happened in direct contrast to the world of the club and what its history became. Because there was this big quiet, contained man who made a club for country music and it never ever played there. Along came punk, and he became like that deus ex machina [Latin for ''God from the machine''], I suppose. I watched old interviews and DVDs. I listened to him talking to his mother and his daughter and journalists, so there was a lot of material for me.

    Grint: Yeah, there wasn’t really a whole lot to go on. There are a few videos of him playing live at CBGB and a few interviews I watched. Yeah, and having [Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome] on set was quite a different thing. I had kind of a little bit of pressure because he was kind of watching every scene, and you’re trying to portray him and do him justice, and it’s quite a challenge.

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    You had to try out an American accent in this role. Is there an accent out there that you'd be intimidated to have to use on camera?

    Rickman: I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent. That’s really difficult.

    Grint: It’s quite fun just trying to work on it and get it right. I like that kind of challenge. A couple years ago, I did a film that required me to do a Liverpool accent. I don’t know if you’re familiar with that sound, but that was quite a hard one. It’s quite a harsh sound. But I enjoy that side of things.

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    Alan, you often play very dominant roles, very powerful people. What were your thoughts going into a character who was much more loose-goosey? Is it fun to shift gears and play that sort of character?

    Rickman: I suppose, in my perspective, I’ve played as many of those as I have the other sort. It’s just some get more publicity or make more money at the box office or something. I’m perfectly happy to be Colonel Brandon in “Sense & Sensibility” as I am any of those powerful characters. It’s just part of an actor’s job, and you just alter the colors that you get out of the cupboard.

    How was it to reunite? Had you seen each other since doing press for the eighth "Harry Potter" movie?

    Rickman: No, because I think we’d both been so busy doing other things. But it was great to see him on the set, and it was great to watch all three of them. I saw Emma [Watson] the other night in London in a restaurant, and I saw Daniel [Radcliffe] recently in London because he was doing a play. It’s great to watch the three of them moving forward into the rest of their lives and being working actors and not trapped by one image.

    Grint: Not really, no, actually. ... I love Alan. He’s always been one of my favorites. But yeah, it was quite weird seeing him in a whole new kind of environment because -- I’m trying to think back -- I don’t think I ever really saw him outside of that wig and cloak.

    [...]

    Now for something more fun. It's October. What's your favorite Halloween costume you've ever worn?

    Rickman: [Laughs] The thing about Halloween is, to me, it just means -- because it’s so different in England –- we used to have something called Bonfire Night, and we’d have fireworks. That’s disappeared and I know Halloween’s taken over. Halloween to me as a child was, the family would fill a bowl of water and you’d have apple bobbing in it, and you’d get apples out of a bowl of water. To me it just means a soaking wet shirt.

    [...]

    Do you have a favorite Halloween candy?

    Rickman: I don’t even know what that means. The word "chocolate" would loom large.
    The full interview can be read at the SOURCE
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    VIDEO: Daniel Radcliffe & Dane DeHaan Pitch 'Hardcore Sex' Movie on MTV AFTER HOURS Spoof (with Alan Rickman & Ashley Greene)

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    In the last year or so, Kickstarter has become a more and more viable way for independent filmmakers to make their dreams come true, and as Zach Braff and the cast of "Veronica Mars" taught us, the platform isn't exclusively for amateurs.

    That's why Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, the stars of the upcoming film "Kill Your Darlings," have come to you to help bring their vision to the big screen.

    Their project is called "Snowy River," and it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. The film, which takes in Brooklyn, tells the story of two friends, who are bound by a terrible childhood secret. (Radcliffe has already mastered the accent he needs to bring the character to life, so a lot of the work is done.)

    This being Kickstarter, you probably want to know about the perks. What will you get if you donate to "Snowy River"? Well, Radcliffe and DeHaan are very famous and very well-connected, so if you help them out, they'll help you out. The one perk that's specified in the video is an evening of watching television with none other than Alan Rickman. Think about all the dry comments he'll make about the Kardashians!

    Basically, it's up to you to make this dream come true for Radcliffe and DeHaan, but mostly Radcliffe because he seems to be the one with the big ideas, like hardcore sex scenes in the movie. He's already started the casting process, and the Kickstarter video gives us a look at "Twilight" star Ashley Greene's audition tape.

    Make "Snowy River" a reality by watching the latest episode of "After Hours" and donating to the Kickstarter campaign (which actually doesn't exist).

    Below, check out a hilarious new "After Hours" MTV spoof featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ashley Greene and Alan Rickman.

    [If the embed doesn't work, it can be watched HERE @ the Source]

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    Alan Rickman On 'CBGB' And The Importance Of Listening (NPR Interview)
    After several failed musical ventures and two bankruptcies, New Yorker Hilly Kristal decided to try something new. In 1973, he opened a bar in Lower Manhattan intended to showcase sounds not so indigenous to the urban landscape: country, bluegrass and blues. And so came the name for the dive bar CBGB.

    Eventually bands flocked to the venue, but with a sound far from what Kristal had intended. The bar became a hub for the emerging punk rock scene. Bands from the Ramones to Blondie and the Talking Heads performed on its stage. For more than 30 years, Kristal gave unrehearsed, outlandish bands a space to grow and be discovered.

    "[Kristal was] rigorous about saying to the groups that he never expected to be supporting, 'OK, you can come and play here, but only original music, no covers,' " actor Alan Rickman tells Arun Rath. Rickman plays Kristal in the new film CBGB. "That's a brave thing to say at that time. And that puts him in the forefront of being a kind of revolutionary.

    "Music moved on because of him, because he allowed a marketplace to happen."

    CBGB closed in 2006 and Kristal died almost a year later.

    The London-born actor, perhaps best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, says he didn't know about CBGB before the film.

    "When the club started in the '70s, of course, I was back in England, very much an art student or a drama student," Rickman says. "I didn't really come to New York for any length of time until the mid-80s."

    To prepare for the role, Rickman immersed himself in watching Kristal on tapes and DVDs.

    "It's an incredible luxury now to be able to, if you're playing somebody that recent in time, to have hours of him walk and talk," he says.

    Rickman talks about the challenges of playing historical characters and how directing and acting in different platforms has shaped his career.

    Interview Highlights

    On playing historical characters

    If you're playing somebody who has lived, the difference is that you become ultimately very protective of them ... because the most important thing that you should never do with someone you're playing is to judge them. And, obviously with someone like Reagan or Louis XIV — people have a lot of opinions and lots of books have been written. You have to have both feet firmly in both camps, if you see what I mean so that you don't judge the character.

    On acting in film, television and on stage

    I think that being lucky enough to have worked in film, with hindsight, actually helps you in the theater because it encourages you to know that to watch somebody thinking is interesting and also to watch somebody listening is interesting. So I think that's been quite a profound influence to me on stage as an actor and as a director.

    And, I would say that if I have learned anything that boils down to one phrase it would be that acting is about accurate listening.

    On editing films as an actor

    It's thrilling and painful. I think it's certainly true that a film tells you what it wants to be at some point. You have a script, and then you shoot it, and some of it's planned and some of it's improvised. You have to kind of work around the weather and the budget and time and how long you're at a location or not. And then, a mysterious force called film tells you what to cut and what to keep.
    The full interview can be listed to at the Source: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/13/229872362/alan-rickman-on-cbgb-and-the-importance-of-listening
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