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Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
Alan Rickman

All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.
Alan Rickman

I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure.
Alan Rickman

I’m a quite serious actor who doesn’t mind being ridiculously comic.
Alan Rickman

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
Alan Rickman

The first time that I came to New York to work properly was the mid-’80s, but I was doing eight shows a week. You have no life. Going to a punk rock club – or whatever the music was at that time – would not have been on my agenda.
Alan Rickman

Mellow doesn’t describe me. I’m hungry every day.
Alan Rickman

My parents certainly didn’t have anything to do with the theater. I’m some kind of accident.
Alan Rickman

I can only see my limitations. That’s just who I am.
Alan Rickman

I’m very aware that when one is acting in the theater, you do become kind of animal about it. And you’re reliant on instincts rather than tact a lot of the time.
Alan Rickman

A lot of the time I hate the theater. You think, ‘I have to climb Mount Everest, again, tonight.’ Oh, the theater is a scary place to be.
Alan Rickman

I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It’s kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It’s a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals.
Alan Rickman

Older people say, ‘Oh I loved you in ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ and that’s the only film they want to talk about. Equally, there are people who only want to talk about ‘Galaxy Quest.’ And there’s a whole bunch of teenagers who only want to talk about ‘Dogma.’
Alan Rickman

On film you put all your energies into a single glance.
Alan Rickman

What’s interesting about the process of acting is how often you don’t know what you’re doing.
Alan Rickman

When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
Alan Rickman

You can lull the paying customers as long as they get slapped.
Alan Rickman

In theater, you’ve got to be aware of your whole body because it involves stamina. It involves two-and-a-half hours and a sustained release of energy, maybe for six months.
Alan Rickman

I have every sympathy for writers. It’s a mystery to me what they do. I can edit. I can cross out and say, ‘I’m not saying that’ or, ‘How about we move this to here? Wouldn’t that make that bit of the story better?’ But where any of it comes from is beyond me. I will never write a play or a novel.
Alan Rickman

Los Angeles is not a town full of airheads. There’s a great deal of wonderful energy there. They say ‘yes’ to things; not like the endless ‘nos’ and ‘hrrumphs’ you get in England!
Alan Rickman

Actors are actually very supportive of each other.
Alan Rickman

Each character I play has different dimensions. I’m not interested in words that pull them together.
Alan Rickman

If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there’s only one topic of conversation.
Alan Rickman

I think worrying things are going on in England – a real apathy.
Alan Rickman

I’m always aware of the camera and it feels like that’s the audience.
Alan Rickman

Market forces impose certain rules before a film can actually get made.
Alan Rickman

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