Alan Rickman Quotes

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.

 

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

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

— Alan Rickman

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

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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

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.

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

— Alan Rickman

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

— Alan Rickman

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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 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

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

— Alan Rickman

I like it when stories are left open.

— Alan Rickman

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

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

— Alan Rickman

On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

— 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

Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we’re in deep trouble.

— Alan Rickman

I am the character you are not supposed to like.

— 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

It’s a nightmare to sit and watch a film that I’m in. There’s a horrible inescapability to it.

— Alan Rickman

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

— Alan Rickman

I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.

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I’m a lot less serious than people think.

— Alan Rickman

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

— Alan Rickman

Somebody with Debbie Reynolds’ features doesn’t get cast as the Wicked Witch.

— Alan Rickman

Who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.

— Alan Rickman

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

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

— 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

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

— 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 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. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy?

— Alan Rickman

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes.

— 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 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

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.

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

— 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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination.

— Alan Rickman

The audience should feel like voyeurs. Their response is absolutely crucial.

— Alan Rickman

I love working in New York theater.

— Alan Rickman

You know, London is so sprawling, and you can sometimes forget that anybody else is on a stage anywhere else.

— Alan Rickman

Parts win prizes, not actors.

— 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

Originally, theater was my life. It was what I assumed I’d spend my working life doing – if I was lucky. Then along came movies.

— Alan Rickman

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