Alan Rickman Quotes

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 b... - 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

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Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.

Alan Rickman

Actors are actually very supportive of each other.

Alan Rickman

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.

Alan Rickman

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

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

Any actor who judges his character is a fool - for every role you play you've got to absorb that character's motives and justifications.

Alan Rickman

Being on the stage in New York is always exciting because you feel like you're part of the life of the city.

Alan Rickman

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

Alan Rickman

England in the '60s and the '70s was everything that history has said; it was phenomenally exciting, musically.

Alan Rickman

Every so often you read a play and a character just speaks to you - almost seems to speak through you, in fact.

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

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

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

Alan Rickman

I am the character you are not supposed to like.

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 can only see my limitations. That's just who I am.

Alan Rickman

I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.

Alan Rickman

I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.

Alan Rickman

I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.

Alan Rickman

I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: 'You're going to forget your lines'.

Alan Rickman

I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.

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

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

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time.

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 like it when stories are left open.

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

I love working in New York theater.

Alan Rickman

I mean, language fascinates me anyway, and different words have different energies and you can change the whole drive of a sentence.

Alan Rickman

I never talk about 'Harry Potter' because I think that would rob children of something that's private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.

Alan Rickman

I suppose with any good writing and interesting characters, you can have that awfully overused word: a journey.

Alan Rickman

I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent.

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

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

I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.

Alan Rickman

I think worrying things are going on in England - a real apathy.

Alan Rickman

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

Alan Rickman

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

Alan Rickman

I was a student in London in the '70s, so CBGB really wasn't on my radar at all. Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn't stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones.

Alan Rickman

I'm a lot less serious than people think.

Alan Rickman

I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic.

Alan Rickman

I'm always aware of the camera and it feels like that's the audience.

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'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

I've never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.

Alan Rickman

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

Alan Rickman

If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.

Alan Rickman

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

Alan Rickman

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

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