I’m at Leviosa, a Harry Potter convention and Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood) is here. During the Q&A he was asked about Alan Rickman and he said that Alan had such an intense charisma that he could have shown you nothing but kindness for 20 years and you would still be terrified of him. He said that he had worked with Alan on a film before Harry Potter and that he thinks Alan May have put in a good word with the casting director for him. But the best take away was when he was describing the security in set to make sure that people didn’t steal any props but Alan was the only one who got away with it. He wouldn’t even hide what he was doing. He would give props to children who were visiting the set or just take things to give to charity auctions and that when one of the producers finally worked up the courage to tell him to stop Alan flat out said no. Sean said it was “benevolent thievery”
There are many things I love about Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” but nothing gives me greater joy that Hugh Laurie’s simultaneous disgust, offense, and terror as he holds his own crying son while his wife goes on about how she’s never seen a child so in love with his father. Bonus points for the nanny ready to catch the baby when he drops it.
I was sent to an all-boys school and Alan Rickman was the principal and he would not stop talking like Snape and so I was desperately pretending I was a boy and pleading with him to stop talking like Snape until he ripped my wig off and shouted “A WOMAN” like Chi Fu from Mulan & they threw twigs at me until i left the school.