Alan Rickman

It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
Alan Rickman

So you can’t judge the character you’re playing ever.
Alan Rickman

You try to find things that are challenging and interesting and hopefully it will be the same to the audience.
Alan Rickman

I think the thing about film is, as it gets proved by a lot of young filmmakers now, that the medium will just go on reinventing itself, and so you just hope to be a part of that and not a part of some kind of endless regurgitation or ‘Here I am doing what you know I do’ kind of thing.
Alan Rickman

The point about a great story is that it’s got a beginning, a middle and end.
Alan Rickman

And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.
Alan Rickman

I’ve never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.
Alan Rickman

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
Alan Rickman

Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility.
Alan Rickman

There’s a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.
Alan Rickman

I’m still living the life where you get home and open the fridge and there’s half a pot of yogurt and a half a can of flat Coca-Cola.
Alan Rickman

I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.
Alan Rickman

I love perfumes. Every morning when my girlfriend and I come down to the courtyard in our block of flats we’re assailed by the most delicious scent – jasmine round a doorway. It almost makes me swoon.
Alan Rickman

If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
Alan Rickman

It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.
Alan Rickman

I approach every part I’m asked to do and decide to do from exactly the same angle: who is this person, what does he want, how does he attempt to get it, and what happens to him when he doesn’t get it, or if he does?
Alan Rickman

I knew with Snape I was working as a double agent, as it turns out, and a very good one at that.
Alan Rickman

I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.
Alan Rickman

Film has to be reflecting the world that we live in, and that’s all you want to be a part of. Actors inhabit the same planet as everyone else. It’s a weird thing that happens when you’re an actor because people hold you up because you somehow embody in parts groups of people or people’s hopes or something.
Alan Rickman

I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: ‘You’re going to forget your lines’.
Alan Rickman

From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they’re in charge of their own career somehow or other.
Alan Rickman

The directors you trust the most are the ones, when you ask them a question, they’ve got the guts to say, ‘I don’t know.’
Alan Rickman

I think there’s some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
Alan Rickman

I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking, This is exciting.
Alan Rickman

If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.
Alan Rickman

What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with actors talking about themselves.
Alan Rickman

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