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Alan Rickman’s secret showbiz diaries: the late actor on Harry Potter, politics and what he really thought of his co-stars | Alan Rickman Article

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/sep/24/alan-rickmans-secret-showbiz-diaries-harry-potter?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
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u/BigStrongCiderGuy Sep 24 '22

“Corridor with Dan Radcliffe. He’s so concentrated now. Serious and focused – but with a sense of fun. I still don’t think he’s really an actor but he will undoubtedly direct/produce.”

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u/DrHalibutMD Sep 24 '22

Given the roles he’s taken I’d really like to see what he would direct/produce. Would have to be out there.

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u/lizifer93 Sep 24 '22

Similar to what Elijah Wood did after LOTR, he's done some acting but mainly in smaller things, and now he produces a lot of niche/indie type horror movies.

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u/aGlazedHam Sep 24 '22

“Bullshit artist, you make this the greasiest feast since that goose you cooked on Christmas!”

I still struggle to comprehend that Elijah Wood was a producer of Greasy Strangler.

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u/Mmightymike Sep 24 '22

That was a weird fuckin movie man.

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u/Insaiyan_Elite Sep 24 '22

Wilfred was really good

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u/Ok_Judge3497 Sep 24 '22

I like him in dirk gently

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u/FitzwilliamTDarcy Sep 24 '22

Yeah the comp with Elwood makes a lot of sense. Funny too as early on they are often confused and compared. But very similar in this regard for sure.

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u/pinewind108 Sep 24 '22

That's about right for the time. Dan said he was just kind of fucking around for several years until he started paying attention to Gary Oldman and some of the other older actors. Then, watching them do what they do and listening to them talk about acting as a craft, he began to really get interested in taking it seriously.

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u/chronoboy1985 Sep 24 '22

I can’t imagine better mentors to be around for an 8 film series if I was a young actor.

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u/unr3a1r00t Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Yup. The list is long too.

Richard Harris

Michael Gambon

Robbie Coltrane

Warwick Davis

John Cleese

Maggie Smith

Ralph Fiennes

Alan Rickman

David Bradley

Mark Williams

Gary Oldman

Jason Isaacs

Helena Bonham Carter

Emma Thompson

Timothy Spall

Imelda Staunton

Sir Keneth Branagh

Miriam Margolyes

Brendan Gleeson

David Thewlis

David Tennant

The Harry Potter films were heavily stacked with classically trained actors.

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Added people I had egregiously missed! Truly sorry!

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u/NastyNate0801 Sep 24 '22

Jesus. Seeing it written out like that really hammers home how impressive the cast is.

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u/r_bogie Sep 24 '22

I love watching the scene between Oldman, Thewlis, Rickman and Spall inside the Whomping Willow. I could watch it on a loop!

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u/LowSkyOrbit Sep 24 '22

I still find it amazing that Warner Bros was responsible for those 8 movies. Sure a lot of the sub plot of the books got cut but overall the movies did the books very well. You can't say that about many book adaptations.

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u/scuac Sep 24 '22

Keep in mind he wrote this during production of HP3. He did praise him later on by the time of HP7

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u/askyourmom469 Sep 24 '22

He did, and would even come watch Radcliffe perform in plays later on. They seem to have had a really cool friendship by the time they finished filming those movies.

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u/Swankified_Tristan Sep 24 '22

That was when Radcliffe officially decided that acting would be his career.

It was the collaboration with Gary Oldman, one of his idols, that settled it.

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u/EveningPomegranate16 Sep 24 '22

I didn’t think he insulted his acting early on, just that he didn’t think it was his long-term goal.

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u/MrCaul Sep 24 '22

Rima goes back to the hotel after we watch with sublime irreverence Dancing With the Stars.

He was a witty guy.

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u/BelgianBond Sep 24 '22

8pm show [Private Lives, now transferred with the same cast to Broadway] After which we discover that Nicole Kidman & Tobey Maguire arrived half-hour late. Why come in?

Yet more evidence that Tobey Maguire was a Hollywood bad boy!

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u/Insanity_Pills Sep 24 '22

Bully maguire is canon

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u/VeloxXIII Sep 24 '22

I'm gonna put some dirt in your eye.

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u/Insanity_Pills Sep 24 '22

I missed the part where that's my problem

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u/fsociety091786 Sep 24 '22

Joe’s 29-minute guarantee is a promise, man

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u/PurposeSensitive9624 Sep 24 '22

I mean theres a reason his career tanked for years. He was friends with the biggest actors alive. The lead in THE superhero trilogy…. And then he disappeared for half a decade.

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u/Insaiyan_Elite Sep 24 '22

I always figured he made so much money he just fucked off to enjoy it.

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u/Ok-Lengthiness4557 Sep 24 '22

Watch 'Molly's game'. Word is that he's a world class asshole.

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u/xypherifyion Sep 24 '22

You'd think the symbiote never left him even after the third movie, wouldn't you?

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u/FactualNoActual Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

i mean he was a centerpiece of the "pussy posse" along with Di Caprio, super believable.

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u/PurposeSensitive9624 Sep 24 '22

He was on top of the world. Completely disappeared for close to a decade and then came back and acted in anything. Its…..unusual

Also theres been story’s about him for a while

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u/CrouchingPuma Sep 24 '22

It was a combination of him being an ass and him being crazy obsessed with poker. Michael Cera's character in Molly's Game is based on Tobey Maguire. dude is a fiend

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u/ga1205 Sep 24 '22

Just saw Molly’s Game. He’s alleged to be Player X.

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u/ThunderChild247 Sep 24 '22

He knew of the Potter Puppet Pals song!!!! 😂😂

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u/lecorbusianus Sep 24 '22

Dumbledore!

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u/thatsnotsteve Sep 24 '22

My biggest takeaway. I hope Neil Cicierega reads these entries. 😄

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u/amoodymermaid Sep 24 '22

Ron…Ron…Ron WEASLEY!

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u/EveFluff Sep 24 '22

Snape snape seeeeverus snape

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u/Knee_Squeezings Sep 24 '22

4pm Daniel Day Lewis arrives to play tennis... that's pretty cool

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u/PM_me_spare_change Sep 24 '22 Bravo Grande!

Daniel prepared for that tennis match for seven years, painstakingly crafting his own shoes and racquet.

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u/Nautical_Expert Sep 24 '22

I heard he even entered Wimbledon to have the authentic professional tennis player experience.

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u/_coolranch Sep 24 '22

I heard he became a player of some repute for years on the fast and loose back alley tennis circuit. Under an assumed name, of course. Getting ready for this match, of course. Absolute madlad

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u/MizzyMorpork Sep 24 '22

I heard the movie the Royal tenenbaums, the tennis player brother was loosely based on Danial Day-Louis' years as a tennis player researching the role for that match. He really does like to commit

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u/Mild-Ghost Sep 24 '22

I’d love to read his Die Hard diary…

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u/Janky_Pants Sep 24 '22

Right? I kept looking for bits.

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u/Superjunker1000 Sep 24 '22

He may not have started the diary by then. It’s says that he only did it for that last 26 years of his life and before that was just an appointment book.

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22 Silver All-Seeing Upvote

My selection of the best entries, with focus on Harry Potter. Read TFA in its entirety for more insights on this amazing actor.

7 October (2000)

Talk to Joanne Rowling again and she nervously lets me in on a few glimpses of Snape’s background. Talking to her is talking to someone who lives these stories, not invents them. She’s a channel – bubbling over with, “Well, when he was young, you see, this, that and the other happened” – never, “I wanted so & so … “

2 May (2003)

8.40am pick-up Corridor with Dan Radcliffe. He’s so concentrated now. Serious and focused – but with a sense of fun. I still don’t think he’s really an actor but he will undoubtedly direct/produce. And he has such quiet, dignified support from his parents. Nothing is pushed.

30 July (2003)

Snape/Lupin Classroom.

The day got off to a fabulous start with the screen guillotining on to my head, a sudden, swift blackout followed by day-long melancholy. Alfonso [Cuarón, director] was quietly ballistic with me. I love him too much to let it last too long so I wailed offset and we sorted it out. He’s under the usual HP pressure and even he starts rehearsing cameras before actors, and these kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times. Plus my so-called rehearsal is with a stand-in who is French.

12 November (2003)

Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“So this is a chick flick?” “No, it’s more of a dick flick.”

I got beeped but we were away with the horrors of Toby Keith singing American Soldier only minutes away. I’m on the sofa with a stand-up, a boy trumpeter and one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slightly scary.

23 May (2004)

NEW YORK. Harry Potter 3. World Premiere. Arriving at Radio City was like being a Beatle. Thousands of fans screamed as we got out of cars. Mostly for Daniel Radcliffe but a rush for everyone. Not to mention walking out on to the stage to 6,000.

Alfonso has done an extraordinary job. It is a very grown-up movie, so full of daring that it made me smile and smile. Every frame of it is the work of an artist and storyteller. Stunning effects that are somehow part of the life of the film, not show-off stunts. Later back to the hotel w. Ariel Dorfman, who takes egomania to utterly charming heights. He just loves being him.

28 September (2004)

HP [4]. Smacking the backs of Daniel [Radcliffe] & Rupert [Grint]’s heads – doubtless a fuss will ensue about corporal punishment.

30 January (2006)

Finally, yes to HP 5. The sensation is neither up nor down. The argument that wins is the one that says: “See it through. It’s your story.”

12 April (2006)

I realise as soon as that [Snape’s] ring and costume go on – something happens. It becomes alien to be chatty, smiley, open. The character narrows me down, tightens me up. Not good qualities on a film set. I have never been less communicative with a crew. Fortunately, Dan [Radcliffe] fills that role with ease and charm. And youth.

27 July (2007)

… I have finished reading the last Harry Potter book. Snape dies heroically, Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he ever knew and calls his son Albus Severus. This was a genuine rite of passage. One small piece of information from Jo Rowling seven years ago – Snape loved Lily – gave me a cliff edge to hang on to.

10 March (2008)

The line “take out your wand” reduces Helena Bonham Carter to helpless mirth and will be a bit of a Waterloo come Thursday … Helen McCrory says she’s terrified but fits like a glove with the mayhem.

29 December (2008)

1pm Lunch w. Dan Radcliffe at Cafe Cluny. One minute he was 12 now he’s 19. When did that happen? And he’s sensitive, articulate & smart. And owns a three-bed apt in NY.

2 July (2009)

Somewhere in here, finally, the deal is done for HP 7 parts one and two, and people are all carefully left in possession of genitalia.

26 November (2009)

The Death of Snape. Nearly 10 years later. At least it’s just down to two actors … David is vulnerable and endearing when he’s excited. And he is by this scene. It’s the absolute example of what can happen when a couple of actors pick up a scene off the page and work with the story, the space and each other. Stuart Craig’s boathouse [set] gave it something ironic and everlasting. As I said at one point to David – it’s all a bit epic and Japanese.

14 January (2010)

HP. After a night of not sleeping at all. Scene 305. Or – The Last Breath of Severus Snape.

Here I am with Dan, Emma and Rupert 10 (?) years on (Emma is here on a break from Brown University), blood all over my throat from an imagined Nagini [Voldemort’s pet snake], the three of them still with furrowed brows and panting a bit. Finding it hard to remember any particular scenes over the years mainly because all the decisions are taken in committee rooms and not on the floor. We listen as DY [director David Yates] tells us what we are thinking and why (and in some cases recounts the story … ) and a small piece of something creative caves in.

10 March (2010)

Just me and Michael G[ambon]. All day. He’s vulnerable after his illness and yesterday’s primer was no joke for him. The lines are a real problem for him. Technology helps and why not? It’s never great when it’s just a memory loss – no relaxation, no freedom, no contact. I’d have boards and autocue everywhere. And anyway when he unleashes a bit of magnificence it’s effortless and spellbinding.

29 March (2010)

LAST DAY ON HARRY POTTER. All a bit hard to believe. I think even Daniel was shocked by the finality. Cameras were everywhere, it seemed (docu ones). [I am asked] “So how does it feel?” Before you’ve felt it, before the feeling has a name. “It’s private,” I managed, “and I’m not sharing it with that” pointing at his lens.

Something is in those cans and it is finished. Thanks, Jo.

7 February (2011)

7pm Bafta interview.

Not telling you what props I stole or what Jo Rowling said to me.

3 July (2011)

Men’s [Wimbledon] final Nadal v Djokovic. Unforgettable experience. Unforgettable day of contrasts. On the balcony of the main entrance and then in to lunch at the Duchess of Gloucester’s table. [The] wrong man [Djokovic] – all triumph and ego – won but Björn Borg came over and asked for a photograph. “Are you kidding?” I spluttered. John Major said: “You have given us so much enjoyment.” “I wish I could say the same of you,” was the unstoppable reply. He had the grace to laugh.

7 July (2011)

HP 7 PART 2. IT ALL ENDS. To Trafalgar Square – which takes an hour. Once there, red carpets everywhere. A screen, a platform, an interviewer and thousands screaming and singing, “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape … ” The carpet snakes into Leicester Square for the film at 8pm.

I found it unsettling to watch – it has to change horses midstream to tell the Snape story and the camera loses concentration. Audience, however, very happy.

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u/asonuvagun Sep 24 '22

"This side of Albania" may be my most favorite euphemism now and I don't have any idea what it means.

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u/oxemoron Sep 24 '22

I took it to mean Emma’s diction was way too stiff, like someone speaking English but who is trying hard to do it. Just taken from context cues since his comment seemed to be a criticism.

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u/SailingBroat Sep 24 '22

Agreed. And it describes her Over! Enunciating! Mouth! Shapes! delivery pretty well, which she never really lost even when she grew up.

It's weird, because she's arguably the strongest kid actor of the trio when they begin, but then subsequently the weakest adult actor as the franchise develops because she basically doesn't evolve.

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u/ehxy Sep 24 '22

That, is what hurts the most about her character.

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u/Dawesfan Sep 24 '22

You left this one out:

25 November 2009

HP [7]. 6.15am pick-up To the Flight Shed …

Cold, wet, draughty but the crew seem miles away so Ralph and I can just get on with inching our way towards the scene. David Y stubborn as ever about V[oldemort] killing me with a spell. (Impossible to comprehend, not least the resultant wrath of the readers.) Great working with Ralph, though. Direct and true and inventive and free.

Back home and Rima (narrative brainbox) says, “He can’t kill you with a spell – the only one that would do that is Avada Kedavra and it kills instantly – you wouldn’t be able to finish the scene.”

Which just makes my disdain for Yates ever growing.

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u/Jypahttii Sep 24 '22

So Yates was trying to alter the scene so that Voldemort murders him with a spell instead of Nagini?

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u/DJ-Corgigeddon Sep 24 '22

This feels gross.

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u/Big_BossSnake Sep 24 '22

Imagine disrespecting the source material like that bruh

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u/afipunk84 Sep 24 '22

Well, he did burn down the Burrow. And movies 4-7 were arguably the worst adaptations of the series. Especially HBP (book 6). My favorite book of the series, totally massacred. Its clear he was not up to the task of adapting these books.

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u/Lord_OJClark Sep 24 '22

Likewise, I felt like the POINT of that book was to give Voldemort a back story, but then they cut almost all of that...

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u/Billsolson Sep 24 '22

Nail on the head

Yates is a butcher

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u/TheElderFish Sep 24 '22

3 is forever and always my favorite

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u/your_friendes Sep 24 '22

I can’t believe they didn’t let Alfonso Cuarón do more of the series.

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u/reecord2 Sep 25 '22

If memory serves, Cuarón had no desire to do another one. He's one of my all time favorite directors, but there's no way he'd let himself get chained into a franchise like that. It bums me out because Azkaban is leagues above the other films, but I get it.

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u/numberthirteenbb Sep 24 '22

It’s the best movie by far

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u/nolard12 Sep 25 '22

It’s Just a fantastic movie, never mind the fact that it left out a lot of the quidditch.

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u/nolard12 Sep 25 '22

The only scene that six got right was the scene with Slughorn in Hagrid’s hut. It wasn’t in the books, but Jim Broadbent’s monologue was brilliant writing and acting.

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u/Zeelahhh Sep 24 '22

Yeah HBP was my favourite book and least favourite film.

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u/PolarSparks Sep 24 '22

I wonder if it was as Yates’ idea to have Voldemort turn into a bunch of moth flakes when he died? That always felt a bit ‘off’ to my liking.

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u/YarrrImAPirate Sep 24 '22

The entire franchise lost “life” when Yates took over.

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u/CrouchingPuma Sep 24 '22

I think Yates is very good at what he does (setting a dour mood with a desaturated palette and brutal production design) but he's been in charge for far too long. He's made more Harry Potter movies than George Lucas made Star Wars movies. It's time for a change of pace.

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u/buldakov29 Sep 24 '22

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u/johnj64 Sep 24 '22

That was one of the things I loved as well!

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u/byneothername Sep 24 '22

I mean he’s just right. Fan or no, that’s the proper conclusion.

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u/JediTigger Sep 24 '22

The John Major line SLAYS. Holy YIKES.

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u/someguysomewhere81 Sep 24 '22

I can picture him, both as himself, and every single character he has ever played in any film in his entire career, saying that line perfectly.

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u/Danishroyalty Sep 24 '22

And I thought Snape was cold blooded. He's got nothing on Alan.

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22

Despite all the fantastic insights into Rickman's endearing character, I think my favorite line is this:

The line “take out your wand” reduces Helena Bonham Carter to helpless mirth

I can just see her ROFL over this. Absolutely hilarious. Yes, I'm a simple man.

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u/Mst3Kgf Sep 24 '22

I assume the scene in question is the Unbreakable Vow scene from "Half Blood Prince", since he mentions Helen McCrory too.

Somewhat depressing to contemplate that Carter is the only one of the three in that scene still alive.

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u/huntimir151 Sep 24 '22

Why you gotta say this shit man

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u/Diablo516- Sep 24 '22

Is it weird that I got goose bumps reading this? What a gentleman.

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22 Helpful

I also appreciate that the one HP film he unconditionally loved was HP3 (Prisoner of Azkaban by Cuarón). The man had taste too.

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u/Diablo516- Sep 24 '22

While I enjoyed them all, that one in particular was really good.

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u/Mst3Kgf Sep 24 '22

That one is widely considered the best of the series for a lot of reasons.

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u/strokesfan91 Sep 24 '22

It’s also the best book

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u/MainlandX Sep 24 '22

It also introduces the most insane world-breaking plot device in the series (that I’m okay suspending belief about).

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u/TheElderFish Sep 24 '22

time travel always breaks the world of just about every story lol

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u/Brad4795 Sep 24 '22

Very unpopular opinion probably, but 3 is just behind Order of the Phoenix in the books for me. Favorite movie though

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u/0000100110010100 Sep 24 '22

Order of the Phoenix is fantastic as a book. I don’t mind the movie and it’s obvious why they had to cut it down but in comparison the book is just so much more fleshed out.

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u/DerekB52 Sep 24 '22

I hated the OOTP movie when I was a kid. It was my favorite book, and that movie was cut so short. It's the longest book, and the shortest movie.

As an adult though, I think the movie isn't that bad. It's missing a lot, but given the time constraint, I think it'd be hard to do to much better.

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u/wilberfarce Sep 24 '22

What made that film more real and engaging for me, was the way the magical world and the people in it were reacting to events. Harry was almost a passenger - or victim - to the fears and reactions of others. Far better than simply stuff happening and the protagonist having to respond, and this extended into the subsequent movies too.

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u/amadeus2490 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

In the books, it's like Harry is the "fish out of water" and we experience the world through him.

JK Rowling was given exceptional involvement for the films, but she's openly admitted to frustratration with the way the characters were portrayed in the movies; Most of the writers and directors missed the point she was making with each character... though she never blamed the actors themselves.

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u/Locke_and_Load Sep 24 '22

I do love his quip about Yates and his movies too. Subtle but gets across the feeling I think most people had when viewing the last few movies.

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u/Baelzabub Sep 24 '22

It’s the cinematography (I know he mentions it but he’s right) and that’s one of Cuarón’s biggest strengths as a director. There’s so much symbolism in a lot of the decisions he makes with the camera to the point that the camera almost becomes its own character. My favorite example is the boggart scene. It begins and ends with the camera transitioning through the glass of the mirrored cabinet which implies that everything that happens during that scene can happen within the cabinet itself, in the dark recesses we don’t confront often. It fits both the feel of the scene and what a boggart is so well.

I love that film so much.

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u/moose_tassels Sep 24 '22

Yeah, that one captured the gritty aspects of the books better than the others IMO. The rest were too....polished? I wish he had directed more.

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u/Resolute002 Sep 24 '22

This. He was a magnificently intelligent and articulate man, it seems. I am disappointed he did not write more in the public eye.

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u/markstormweather Sep 24 '22

But not a snob. I mean he went to a Coldplay concert and loved it, he appreciated what gave him pleasure and not just “high art.” Seems like he was an amazing guy.

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u/Resolute002 Sep 24 '22

It seems to me that he took a lot of these experiences in evaluated them. I think a lot of us don't do that; we don't decide what some experience was, we just decide if we liked it or not. Even a lot of the things he criticizes here, they seem to be more of just a factual declaration of how they went from his perspective rather than just declaring he disliked them.

He also speaks of everything with equal validity. It's really amazing to see him talk about things he found trite, things he found moving, things he found artistically stunning and things he found artistically awful... Basically evaluating them all with the same amount of care and thought. We generally as human beings do not do that, instead we put the things we hate in a hyperbolic box that says they suck, and the things we love in a hyperbolic box that says they are the greatest things of all time.

It was refreshing and inspiring to read such thoughts frankly.

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u/FartIntoMyButt Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

black and white thinking plagues most people, it's an issue I have for sure. it's true wisdom to see the world as Rickman seemed to. what a cool guy.

*I'm also reminded of the quote that it's the sign of an evolved mind to hold two seemingly contradictory ideas in one's head at the same time. seems relevant here

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u/MarlowesMustache Sep 24 '22

Well-said. Definitely going to read his full notes. Just love him all the more now.

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u/hectorduenas86 Sep 24 '22

The head snapping was a good one.

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u/krudru Sep 24 '22

Is it weird that I can hear his voice in my head reading these?

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u/Frogs4 Sep 24 '22

David Yates doesn't come out if that very well.

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u/NakedGoose Sep 24 '22

Because David Yates isn't good. He is just a safe commitee type director. Curon set the tone for the series, a true vision. They never had an equally talented director since.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Why didnt curon do more?

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u/NakedGoose Sep 24 '22

I think there was time constraints with making Children of Men, and Goblet of Fire. So he chose COM. He did ask to direct Deathly Hallows Part 1, but they stuck with Yates because he did the previous films.

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u/NewAccountNow Sep 24 '22

TIL. What a shame. He’s an amazing director

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u/NakedGoose Sep 24 '22

For real. I'm glad he chose Children of Men over Goblet of Fire. It's a masterpiece, but I wish a better director did Goblet. I do not like that movie.

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u/DJ-Corgigeddon Sep 24 '22

Children of Men is in my book one of the greatest movies ever made, so good on him.

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u/DevLauper Sep 24 '22

Children of Men

Which is, you know, legendary.

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u/NeedsFC Sep 24 '22

Too many studio heads and pressure. The lack of freedom kept em away.

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u/zachtheperson Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

I'd argue that the director on 4 (the one with the completely forgettable name that I'm too lazy to Google for the 1000th time) did a pretty good job giving the film a unique tone and fingerprint. But Yates was definitely the type of guy who says his favorite thing to drink is water.

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u/NakedGoose Sep 24 '22

Mike Newell. And yes I had to look it up. He gained a little more respect from me after the reunion special, how the cast spoke of him. But that film definently needed a new screen play or something

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u/PM_ME_UR_POKIES_GIRL Sep 24 '22

But Yates was definitely the type of guy who says his favorite thing to drink is water.

Don't lump me in with him. I enjoy taking risks.

I just like water.

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u/Barleyarleyy Sep 24 '22

I'd say Chris Columbus is more responsible for the tone of the series tbh. Not that Curon didn't do an amazing job, I just think Columbus gets overlooked a lot for the success of the series.

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u/NakedGoose Sep 24 '22

Columbus tone dissappear after his movies end. The first two films feels very distance from the remainder of the series. Of course the story warrants it. I'm still upset the studio wouldn't allow Terry Gilliam who original was meant to direct that film.

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u/zachtheperson Sep 24 '22

Yeah, fuck Yates. Even as a kid, before knowing anything about directors or how films were made got really confused when the movies suddenly started to feel really boring.

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u/ComprehensiveBowl476 Sep 24 '22

thousands screaming and singing, “Snape, Snape, Severus Snape … ”

Dude just casually dropped a Potter Puppet Pals reference and I'm not sure he even knew it.

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u/GiraffePolka Sep 24 '22

I think he did know about it. My memory might be off but I swear I saw a red carpet interview with someone asking him about it and he made a joke saying the creator of Potter Puppet Pals should be in charge of Hollywood.

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u/Zam548 Sep 24 '22

Nah he’s too busy making the most mind blowing mashups ever made to run hollywood

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u/Amphimphron Sep 24 '22

It's criminal that Neil Cicierega isn't more famous. The dude has been a huge driving force in internet culture for the past 20 years, and his mashups are pure artistry.

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u/zachtheperson Sep 24 '22

That one put a massive smile on my face. Haven't heard puppet pals in easily 10 years and reading that brought me right back.

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u/luv2ctheworld Sep 24 '22

Was reading the text, but in my head it was read with the sound of his distinctive, dead panned voice. RIP Alan Rickman.

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u/feartheoldblood90 Sep 24 '22

I realise as soon as that [Snape’s] ring and costume go on – something happens. It becomes alien to be chatty, smiley, open. The character narrows me down, tightens me up.

As a trained (theater) actor, reading this part was pretty cool. It's extremely true, one technique that was taught to us is that costumes have a very profound psychological effect, and one quick path to getting into character is to wear their clothes.

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u/victoriaj Sep 24 '22

It reflects very well on him that he went on to consider what effect that had on people around him. It seems to suggest that being a bit distant was the most in character he would be in that situation. No using method acting to behave badly, just connecting to your character and paying attention to that connection.

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u/duh_metrius Sep 24 '22

The smartest thing a costuming professor ever said to me on drama school was “They aren’t costumes. They’re your characters clothes. He went out and bought them, he cares for them, he woke up this morning and chose them.”

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u/ehxy Sep 24 '22

That's actually really cool way to think and get yourself into the role. That's a wise prof.

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u/DontGetNEBigIdeas Sep 24 '22

I see Rickman hated Djokovic as much as I do. Nice.

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u/TheReinsofFullnight Sep 24 '22

“Harry Potter 3 was a very grown up movie”… lol he had some things coming!

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u/THE_DANDY_LI0N Sep 24 '22

I love all my costars equally.......I don't care for Job

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u/HandsomeCowboy Sep 24 '22

Gob* - it's short for George Oscar Bluth.

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u/THE_DANDY_LI0N Sep 24 '22

Gah . Dandylion, you blowhard

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u/RebBrown Sep 24 '22

30 July 7am pick-up Snape/Lupin Classroom.

The day got off to a fabulous start with the screen guillotining on to my head, a sudden, swift blackout followed by day-long melancholy. Alfonso [Cuarón, director] was quietly ballistic with me. I love him too much to let it last too long so I wailed offset and we sorted it out. He’s under the usual HP pressure and even he starts rehearsing cameras before actors, and these kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times. Plus my so-called rehearsal is with a stand-in who is French.

I couldn't help but read this in his Snape voice.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

What does the phrase this side of Albania mean?

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u/DoktorThodt Sep 24 '22

I'm guessing 'way out there.'

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u/VolkspanzerIsME Sep 24 '22

There are a thousand English accents and dialects and everything in between. Her voice did seem to change randomly those first few movies.

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u/genuinelytrying2help Sep 24 '22

Does it really matter, just think of how sharply he derisively emphasizes the second syllable in the word "Albania," that's all the meaning anyone needs.

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u/Pudding_Hero Sep 24 '22

Calm down bro I’m not trying to orgasm right now I’m on the train

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u/genraq Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

I swear to god Rickman’s absolute best casting was the sad robot in hitchhikers guide. He really did piss and moan a lot but for some reason it was endearing rather than irritating.

Edit: I wish to amend my previous statement after reading more, this man was hysterical and deadpan holy smokes.

The line from his journal “‘take out your wand’ reduces Helena to helpless mirth” had me rolling.

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u/amadeus2490 Sep 24 '22

My absolute favorite "complaining" he ever did was in Dogma: "It never ends!"

spits on God's dress and uses it to wipe a stain off of his own clothing.

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u/genraq Sep 24 '22

It’s a crime that movie is not more widely available, come on Weinstein, give smith his due so we can have Dogma II!

The Galaxy Quest documentary was pretty interesting on this topic. Apparently Rickman as a classically trained “serious” actor was endlessly irritated by Tim Allen’s relaxed approach to his role and it created (friendly) friction on set. Rickman really was a gentleman and was committed to his craft.

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22

The Galaxy Quest documentary was pretty interesting on this topic. Apparently Rickman as a classically trained “serious” actor was endlessly irritated by Tim Allen’s relaxed approach to his role and it created (friendly) friction on set.

I imagine the friction on set taking the form of Rickman saying something like this to Allen:

How did we come to this? I played Richard III. There were five curtain calls. I was an actor once, damn it. Now look at me. And look at you. I won't go out there and say those stupid lines to you one more time! I can't, I won't!

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u/Shemp79 Sep 24 '22

There's a wonderful moment in the doc where a producer recalls Tim Allen finishing a big speech for his character, being overcome with emotion and having to retire to his trailer to recover, not quite sure what had come over him.

When he'd gone, Rickman deadpanned "I think Tim just discovered acting"

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u/numberthirteenbb Sep 24 '22

This is now my favorite Alan Rickman story

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u/Ralph--Hinkley Sep 24 '22

Dogma is available on YT in full. I have no proof, but I feel like Kevin leaked it as a fuck you to Weinstein.

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u/Ric_Adbur Sep 24 '22

By Grabthar's hammer..................

...............what a savings.

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u/OriginalIronDan Sep 24 '22

Must have been the pain in all the diodes down his left side.

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u/IolausTelcontar Sep 24 '22

The Metatron in Dogma.

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u/Etherbeard Sep 24 '22

The best part of this was Kevin Smith's story about how he told Jason Mewes he was going to have to be more serious on set because they had a "real" actor in this movie. Mewes shows up first day having apparently memorized every line in the script because "I didn't want to piss off that guy from Die Hard, man!"

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22

I swear to god Rickman’s absolute best casting was the sad robot in hitchhikers guide.

So you don't think casting him in Galaxy Quest as a former Shakespearean thespian doomed to make a living playing a minor part in a second rate science fiction TV show, and THEN further descending to reprising that part in cheap commercials was PRETTY good casting? A part which required him, as an actor, to play another actor forced to superficially recite his idiotic lines correctly, while simultaneously expressing his indignation and outrage over his utter humiliation purely using minimal facial expressions and vocal inflection? THAT was perfect casting to me.

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u/Danishroyalty Sep 24 '22

Hello Alan Rickman, it's Alan Rickman. Reminding you to move the pork chops from the freezer to the refrigerator so they defrost properly. Do not disappoint me.

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u/FormerLifeFreak Sep 24 '22

Remember the turtle joke for the party on Saturday. Huhr-huhr-huhr.

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u/drakesylvan Sep 24 '22

Absolutely could not stop reading. I read the entire thing in his voice. What a brilliant man. Absolute legend.

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u/petitsfilous Sep 24 '22

Imagine going for fast food and seeing Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane sitting with what looks like a kid they signed early out of school. (Absolutely no Oliver Wood/Sean Biggerstaff slander, but think we can agree he wasn't the biggest name at the table, lol)

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u/JediTigger Sep 24 '22

I’m a little surprised these came out because he seems so private, but I assume his widow was the one who OKed it.

I will be reading this and hearing his voice saying the words.

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u/tinoasprilla Sep 24 '22

iirc he wrote them with the intention of them being published

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u/TheJewbaccasaurus Sep 24 '22

Jeez, he thought John Williams’ score was hideous?

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u/alexi_lupin Sep 24 '22

Perhaps he prefers more subtlety; I can see how Williams wouldn't be for everyone even though I love the early soundtracks.

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u/ownersequity Sep 24 '22

Part of the allure of the first movie for me is that it perfectly captures the magic of my youth in the early 80’s. The wonder, the dark mystery of Halloween time, the candles and food in the Great Hall. My aunt would dress up as a witch and tell stories at the decorated children’s library and it had that same feel to me. But the music, oh the music is what transports me back. Those minor notes, the crescendo to the more powerful brass and the unleashed and emphatic strings. Williams is a master and that score was pure magic for me.

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u/SpecificAstronaut69 Sep 24 '22

Williams often knows what a movie feels like better than the director.

That almost sinister hint of magic in the Home Alone theme, the awe and wonder in Jurassic Park.

And Jaws, the one that started it all? "Steven, what you've got here is not The L-Shaped Room..."

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u/Kaldricus Sep 24 '22

"Welcome to Jurassic Park" is one of, if not the best, pieces of music from a movie. It starts off so whimsical, with a sense of wonder, and then builds to this grandiose moment. To me, it perfectly captures exactly what it would be like to see actual, real dinosaurs. Before you see them, it's a giddy, childlike feeling of "holy shit we're going to see dinosaurs." and then you actually see them and it's powerful and overwhelming, and you realize "holy shit, we're seeing dinosaurs." It's so perfect in that moment with Allen not believing that he's actually seeing dinosaurs.

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u/bannedsodiac Sep 24 '22

I'm glad he also thought that part 6 of harry potter was complete ass compared to the book.

But it is a bit unsettelig to read a diary of a dead person.

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u/BangerBeanzandMash Sep 24 '22

Half-blood Prince? I like that one

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u/wampastompa Sep 24 '22

HPB was great. Very natural performances from Felton and Radcliffe, so good it seems impossible that Yates directed them. The cinematography and feel of the castle was perfect. As an adaptation of the book it was terrible though. 3 gets that complaint too though so it's in good company.

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u/tenaciousDaniel Sep 24 '22

6 was the worst movie-going experience of my life. They took an extra year between 5 and 6, so my anticipation was through the roof. I also loved the 6th book and couldn’t want to see it on screen.

I even took a friend who hated HP, because I thought this movie would convince her how awesome it was. Whoo boy.

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u/bannedsodiac Sep 24 '22

Six is also my favourite book and I just hate how crammed and greenscreeny the movie feels. And they fucking leave out lots od things.

Also in the diary when hes talking about how they wanted ti kill snape with a curse, i lost my mind. Those producers always want to change things

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u/koteshima2nd Sep 24 '22

They cut out the funeral chapter. That is still so baffling to me. Why did they decide to do that

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u/Castieled Sep 24 '22

That’s the one that bugged me the most. Harry sitting with Ginny, solemnly holding hands, grieving. Harry’s decision not to return to Hogwarts the next year. It’s what really drove home that the end was imminent. Not including it was a huge mistake for the emotional stakes of the viewer.

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u/Diablo516- Sep 24 '22

I guess I'm a casual fan, I enjoyed both the book and the movie.

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u/Dawesfan Sep 24 '22

16 September LOVE ACTUALLY FIRST DAY.

He knew what was important <3

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u/CaptainCAAAVEMAAAAAN Sep 24 '22

9 July HP 6. NEW YORK. Party at the Natural History Museum. The desire to eat and even more get a drink is matched only by the need to bang the three Davids’ heads [Harry Potter producers David Heyman and David Barron, and director David Yates] against the nearest wall. I get the character development and the spiffing effects (dazzling), but where is the story????

YES! I'm so glad he had a problem with David Yates' HP vision. I freaking hate that director!

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u/jrutz Sep 24 '22

What's wrong with monochrome images of kids talking in hallways? /s

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u/Manifesto89 Sep 24 '22

Wow, he didn't like Williams score; it's iconic now. Probably thought it was over the top 'magical'.

Few jabs at Emma Watson too including one at the end saying she was bragging about getting a vintage Rolex from the producers. I'm assuming he feels she didn't deserve it.

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u/vonMemes Sep 24 '22

Yeah that was surprising to read. ‘Didn’t like’ is being nice, he called it hideous!

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u/bsbbtnh Sep 25 '22

Read the entry prior to that for context. He says "all expenses spared" and how the wrap party ran out of food in less than an hour. Basically criticizing the producers for being cheapskates. Next entry (which is from months later, while reading vogue) is about how Emma got a vintage Rolex as a gift from producers. So obviously the producers weren't cheapskates, they are assholes.

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u/Resolute002 Sep 24 '22

You know, after seeing her with the range of a plank of wood in Beauty and the Beast I think I am with him on her.

You can see some of it where she has to carry scenes in the later HP movies, she seems to just very literally take exact direction, I rarely feel her connect with other actors in scenes. It makes sense to a degree because Hermione is basically an exposition vehicle to explain magic concepts.

Nothing wrong with that of course but Radcliffe and Grint are better than her, IMO, and strutting around like a master of the craft isn't very justified.

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u/meditatinglemon Sep 24 '22

I read somewhere else that she was also the strongest line memorizer of the three so they gave her a lot of dialogue because the boys couldn’t carry it. Which makes sense, knowing how 12 year old boys are.

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u/FloppedYaYa Sep 24 '22

We really gonna judge a teenager for acting like probably 99% of teenagers in that situation?

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u/KleioChronicles Sep 24 '22

1 May LONDON [MAYORAL] ELECTION.

Doze until 11.30. Coffee in the bar. Car at 12. Home. Go out to vote immediately. Woman with blue rosette foolishly asks for our number. “No,” snaps Rima. “Oh,” she says. “Oh well, variety … ” On the way out she tries again. “Hope to persuade you to … ” Foolish. A torrent of (calm) anti-Boris Johnson abuse falls from my lips, emboldened, no doubt, by my quote in today’s Guardian [“If Boris Johnson gets elected it would be a case of the lunatic having no clue how to run the asylum”]. The British electorate proving yet again that they never vote for anything. “Someone’s doing us down … let’s disown him.”

3 May

Warm enough to sit outside on the balcony. Coffee and Saturday’s Guardian dull the Boris Johnson nightmare. Fascist mayor of Rome, Berlusconi, Sarkozy, President McCain? Bush still there, Cameron at a gallop … God help us.

One of my favourites as I keep reading. Bloody hilarious is what he is.

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u/Games_sans_frontiers Sep 25 '22

Given what happened with Johnson in the following years, Rickman was absolutely right.

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u/EldritchSlut Sep 24 '22

14 September 11am Three minutes’ silence which we shared with Kiss Me Kate cast.

Supper at home. Watching more coverage. Still trying to understand something. Cannot remove the fact of 4 million starving in Afghanistan not to mention the innocents in Iraq. There is such political naivety in the US that it only takes one image of five Palestinians dancing in the street to obliterate the bigger picture.

He was a smart man.

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u/davefive Sep 24 '22

I totally would buy these if they got published

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u/aecarol1 Sep 24 '22

I was thinking the same thing, then I noticed the article ends with "This is an edited extract from Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries, published by Canongate on 4 October at £25"

He is one of the few I really miss. He elevated every character he portrayed, never playing a wrong note.

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u/rxlcrab Sep 24 '22

Well you’re in luck, this article and extracts of the diary entries were precisely meant to be promotional for the publication of Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries.

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u/yupidup Sep 24 '22

I wish I wrote half as good as his short synthetic lines

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u/Myopic_Cat Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22 Silver Gold

Glad to help. Here are a few pointers:

I wish I wrote could write half as good well as [he does in] his short synthetic brief, concise lines.

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u/Famous-Somewhere-751 Sep 24 '22

There was never an award so well deserved ❤️

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u/DragonDai Sep 24 '22

I will never run out of respect or adoration for this man. Such a kind, wise, and funny individual. Truly one of the greatest of all time.

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u/Satanicbearmaster Sep 24 '22

Rickman is the man. The Rick-man.

Anyone who has not seen a movie he's in called Dark Harbor, get it into you. Makes for a great Saturday night thriller as Autumn descends.

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u/davefive Sep 24 '22

I want these on my book shelf

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u/Dickslap_McTitpunch Sep 24 '22

I love his fondness for Dan Rad. This warmed my heart 🙏

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u/tangcameo Sep 24 '22

I wonder what he thought about working with Alec Guinness in Rickman’s one scene in Smiley’s People

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u/Su_Impact Sep 24 '22

They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times.

What does "this side of Albania" means?

I don't get it.

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u/cuzreasons Sep 24 '22

George Oscar Bluth

It's a criticism of how she is pronouncing her lines being far off the mark. It's like saying that she might as well be speaking Albanian. At least that's how I read it.

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u/AutomaticLynx Sep 24 '22

I forgot that he passed away until scrolling past this article and now I’m sad all over again.

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u/duh_metrius Sep 24 '22

“[Watson’s] diction is this side of Albania at times” lol fuckin legend

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u/InterStil Sep 24 '22

“By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be exposed!”

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u/holdtight3 Sep 24 '22

Fuck this was so amazing to read. I grew up watching this man year on year as snape. To gain insights into that world is so brilliant.

There will always be a place in my heart for Harry Potter. Pure nostalgia. Beautiful.

And I fucking LOVE this:

I have finished reading the last Harry Potter book. Snape dies heroically, Potter describes him to his children as one of the bravest men he ever knew and calls his son Albus Severus. This was a genuine rite of passage. One small piece of information from Jo Rowling seven years ago – Snape loved Lily – gave me a cliff edge to hang on to.

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u/TheTruckWashChannel Sep 25 '22

These are all brilliant! I laughed the hardest at this bit:

Russell Brand on Jonathan Ross. I like Russell, but ohmigod I hate the faux-naif thing that’s inevitable when quirk meets ambition (see Gervais, R). Just be honest about it, you fuckers. Don’t give us “who me?” bullshit.

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u/KaijuDirectorOO7 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Dear God, if ever we have one day to have him back, let him do an audiobook of this before the day goes out.

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u/ArmadilloDays Sep 24 '22

His death was a dreadful loss of that rare creature: a fully evolved person.

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