Dec. 21, 2007, 3:48 a.m. CST
by Rev. Slappy
Just a terrific actor.
Dec. 21, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST
he should have shoved his cock in takagi's mouth before debraining him.
didnt he say they would shoot a hostage every hour or something? heck if i was in charge i'd have hogtied the hostages and put them in a room, to ease manpower for search n destroy. also they shouldve known that the soul brotha who was giving spiritual comfort on the radio was somewhere there and off him so McClane would start talking to himself, even have 5 cigarettes in his mouth at once. also they should've gassed the building to root him out. maybe put heads on poles for intimidation
Dec. 21, 2007, 4:22 a.m. CST
cannot wait to see this. this will undoubtably rule! Rickman is all class.
Dec. 21, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST
by Horace Cox
Big Al Rickman is the cat's ass. I would buy a ticket to watch this dude read the phone book for two hours.
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST
by Thick McRunFast
One of my all-time favorite actors. Two performances I remember getting literally giddy about while watching in recent years were J.K. Simmons as J.Jonah Jameson in the SPIDER-MAN movies and Rickman as Snape in the HARRY POTTER films. Bruce Willis probably owes his movie career to this man.
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST
... if you did ask him his thoughts on LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. I'd rather hear his answer to a question like that than how he approaches playing different characters. Maybe it's just me, but geeky questions like that are the reason Quint's interviews are usually more than just generic publicity for a film that you could read on any other site.
Dec. 21, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
thank God he didn't think you were a cowboy
Dec. 21, 2007, 6:23 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
Although I do enjoy those character questions the geeky questions are what make the fans come back...it's a tough balancing act though. We understand.
Dec. 21, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST
It is quite nice hearing a genius like Rickman talk about his art though. If Quint had gone into geek overdrive he may have closed up.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST
... Rickman is about to finally have his day in "Half-Blood Prince."
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST
And 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' is a wonderful film, by the way.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST
More respect next time Quint.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST
... a DIE HARD prequel, tentatively titled GRUBER. It will be an exploration of the early years of criminal mastermind Hans Gruber, including his early childhood where we learn that his parents were eaten by a John Wayne impersonator, cementing his hatred of westerns and American cinema in general. This will lead him into a life of crime, during which he will be played by Shia LaBeouf speaking with a poor German accent. The film will lead up to Gruber joining and subsequently being expelled from the West German Volksfrei movement. While sitting in his studio apartment with his 27-year-old-trying-to-pass-for-17 girlfriend, a sulking Gruber (now played by an unconvincing "old" Shia, or an unconvincing "young" Rickman) will see a new story on television about the newly-constructed Nakatomi Building. The final shot will be Gruber staring contemplatively off-camera with a small smirk, stroking his chin. Just before the screen goes black, he winks into the camera.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST
i kinda liked his portrayal... is it because it was a straight to cable thing?
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST
Is it a secrecy thing cos he kicks all kinds of ass in the next movie? Or is Rickman not happy about it? Enquiring minds wanna know!!
Dec. 21, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
To speak like Alan Rickman would be cool the Ladies would just fall at your feet.
Dec. 21, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST
Rickman's a legend. Nothing less.
Dec. 21, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
He does not steal Galaxy Quest. That movie belongs to Sam Rockwell.
Dec. 21, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST
by Han Cholo
The way he portrays the Sherriff is funny but at the same time a real villain. "THAT'S MY WIFE, CRONE!!!"
Dec. 21, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST
I've heard from numerous sources that he regrets taking the role of Snape.
Dec. 21, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Dec. 21, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST
when i worked in PR rickman was a client and whenever he'd call, whomever picked up the phone would stand up and wave frantically so everybody knew to stealthily pick up their own phone and listen in on him just to get our candy. yummy!
Dec. 21, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
in the last movie you could tell he was throwing in an extra bit of scenery-chewing style that hadn't quite been there before - like he was thinking 'ok i'm trapped for a few more of these, may as well make the best of it.'
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST
And, he does steal Galaxy Quest. Rockwell does great, don't get me wrong, especially when he quizzes everyone on his own last name. <p>But Rickman's character was the only one I truly believed throughout. <p>Wouldn't it be ironic if Rickman had to go to Harry Potter conventions and apply his own Snape make-up and lament how he's a Shakespearian actor?
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST
One of those actors that gets referred to by his last name a lot. I don't find myself doing that with too many others....it just sounds badass. Rickman. He was DAMN good in "Perfume" (highly recommended!)
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST
Rickman totally Kicks ass as Professor Snape. There is no one else who could posssibly play Snape than Rickman.
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST
You never mentioned his work in Rasputin! C'mon man that's Rickman 101.
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST
I was about to say, Quint, you asshole, but then I read that last part and thought the better of it. <p>Maybe HP is bigger than SWEENEY TODD, and asking those questions would just take the attention away from the prime publicity its getting here.</p> <p>We can only hope that you get an interview with him on the 6th movie. Try gate crashing, Hollywood Style.</p>
Dec. 21, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST
I knew someone who was negotiating to make a biopic on Aleister Crowley with Rickman attached as the Great Beast, but it never came to fruition. I'm also very curious about this Snape thing, as I think he's the one role that was perfectly cast and consistently the best portrayal in those films.
Dec. 21, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST
sorry Alan, Die Hard made you in America. "By the time they figure out what went wrong.....we'll be sitting on a beach.....earning 20%." Classic.
Dec. 21, 2007, 1 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST
rasputin was good.
Dec. 21, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST
Great interview and, oh that sexy, sexy voice. Mmmm loving those sound clips.
Dec. 21, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST
Rickman is not tired of playing Snape as much as he is tired of playing villains. He was cool with Snape until HBP came out and his character killed Dumbledore.
Dec. 21, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
Harry Potter, but there is so much more greatness to him. Love Actually was awesome. It's a chick flick that's not a chick flick. I love the part where he's talking with Laura Linney about her love life. My feeble words can't describe the scene you just need to see it. Die Hard was great, but picture it without Rickman, and the question becomes would Willis have had the career he has had? I think Gruber was listed as one of the top movie villains of call time by AFI.
Dec. 21, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST
was superb, as was Ian McKellan's portrayal as the Tzar, who you kind of sympathied a bit for, the first time anyone in that role made me feel that way. Good movie all round.
Dec. 21, 2007, 3 p.m. CST
...some people actually don't know that little tidbit. And I heard the rumors of him regretting Snape long before HBP came out. But for those who worry what it means for the future, I'm pretty sure he's locked in for the final 2 films. I think he's just ready for it to be over.
Dec. 21, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST
I live in Prague and I saw that movie in the cinema here. It's excellent. I highly recommend it.
Dec. 21, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST
by Read and Shut Up
He's great in every role. The interview DID get a bit tired with all the "Tim Burton" ass smooching, though.
Dec. 21, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST
Also great in Sense and Sensibility (charming and sincere romantic lead)and Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as the voice of Marvin.
Dec. 21, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:29 p.m. CST
I like this one: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zvnjKEBdvxg
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST
I'm going to count to three. There will not be a four.
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST
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Dec. 21, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST
Hans, put down the gun!
Dec. 21, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST
by 5 by 5
Yeah why were you told not to mention Potter? Seems a bit odd. His performances in that series are awesome even if they are short.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST
project he does. I have no clue what it is but there are some actors that simply make the moment better when they are on stage or screen. Love his work.<p>Also, thanks for the interview Quint. Very good.
Dec. 21, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST
quite explicit passive aggression Rickman was emitting. In fact, it was kind of strange listening to his tetchy Sound-O-Bytes, and then seeing the words given a sparky Quint spin when put into text. Do you do that in a lot of interviews, Quint? Trouble with you is, you're just too nice.<p> </p>Also, he was obviously getting quite annoyed at the fact that you kept on mentioning his biggest movies, rather than, say, the short movies he cut with Anthony Minghella.<p> </p>You ask me, he came off pretty assholish with this interview, but maybe that might have something to do with the fact that it was just one of hundreds a big-name actor has to go through over the course of their career. Also, what better way is there to promote your under-seen roles than in an interview like this?
Dec. 21, 2007, 8 p.m. CST
I believe he doesn't like talking about Harry Potter because he hasn't finished playing the role of Snape, you have to see the whole picture to get who Snape is, he doesn't want to discuss an unfinished project (or give away what happens to movie-only fans). He would have left the series by now if he didn't like playing the character. Even the kids weren't contractually obliged to appear in all the movies so why would he be? Besides, Snape is right up his alley, he loves playing ambiguous characters. Sadly, there's just no time in the movies to give Snape the right treatment (he's barely in the 4th and 5th movie!), but hopefully we'll be seeing the most of Rickman we've had in HP so far in Half-Blood Prince. And I'm looking forward to seeing him give Harry the final piece of the puzzle in Deathly Hallows, just as he's dying (is that a spoiler, not really). Whatever, Sweeney Todd is gonna be a definite must-see.
Dec. 21, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST
If you love Alan Rickman, go search out a movie he does with Madeline Stowe called Closet Land. Absolutely brilliant. Those two actors, one room, and a lot of Sci/Fi Dystopian torture as Rickman tries to get Stowe's secrets. Rickman is amazing. I have never met anyone who has seen the film however. Don't think it is at any of the rental stores. Oh Well.
Dec. 21, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST
his work in Sense and Sensibility (sp) was fantastic.
Dec. 21, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
...a child? Just another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne...Rambo...Marshall Dillon?
Dec. 22, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST
I mean, some pretty high-profile releases today, and all we get is an interview with Alan Rickman? Don't get me wrong...it's a great interview and all, but this site's been stagnant all day while some pretty big releases are opening around us. Where is everybody? Watching HD-DVD porn on their BNAT freebies?
Dec. 22, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST
...what a bargain..." <p> Best. Delivery. Ever. <p> One of the funniest GalaxyQuest moments with Rickman is actually in the deleted scene where he's shown to his "alien" quarters on the spaceship. His deadpan reaction to the "comforts" of his rooms is fucking hysterical. <p> His Sheriff of Nottingham is a true classic: <p> "...or I'll cut your heart out with a... SFTHFFPOON!!" <p> I'll watch Rickman in anything.
Dec. 22, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST
Shame, really, but EVERYTHING Rickman does is amazing, so you could talk about anything. (You really can't think of one movie that he was bad in.) However, Potter is now probably his most recognizable and biggest profile rule, seems odd that he'd dimiss it like that.
Dec. 23, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST
He's not talking Potter in this interview is because he's promoting his role in Sweeney Todd, not Harry Potter.
Dec. 24, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST
That guy is class with a capital "C"
Dec. 28, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST
Allen would be on my top five list!
Dec. 30, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST
If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. He plays an interrogator/torturer. It's a great movie.
Jan. 3, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST
You did a GREAT job on the Rickman interview. It was very informative and I especially liked your focus on filmmaking. Great job, congrats!