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November 20th, 2005
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Fun facts about Alan Rickman
Let's face it - the man IS Snape when he plays that character - brilliant! So, I'm emailing Ninq about him and I think to myself: How are they keeping this guy as Snape? He must be offered so many roles, and this has to get in the way.

So I went to imdb.com, and found some interesting facts: (LJ cut for length)

He was born to Irish and Welsh parents in 1946. He attended the Royal College of Art; he wanted to be a graphic artist. At age 26 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he spent 3 years. Started out in the theatrical version of "Dangerous Liaisons" His first major film was Die Hard (1988) where he was cast as Hans Gruber.

Has been in a relationship with Rima Horton since the 1960s but the two don't live together, as she has to stay in the district she represents in order to retain her Council seat. Alan live in another part of the city.

Although a highly successful film actor, he has frequently passed up film offers to return to the theater. (A place and activity which he calls "magical" and his "first love".)

When he was a child, he had a speech disability: his lower jaw was very tight, causing his words to be indistinctive and muffled.

For the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building in Die Hard (1988), was actually dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get a genuine surprised look, the stunt man dropped him on the count of two instead of three.

In Die Hard (1988), he is seen firing a gun only once (in the atrium when Gruber realizes Holly is John's wife), due to his uncontrollable habit of flinching when the gun recoiled. In that scene he blinks just before the camera cuts.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#34). [1995]

Says Canada is like a second home.

Failed his California driving test at one point for "driving too cautiously through a green light" [*ggl*}


But I never did answer my original question. He's been doing only about 1 movie a year, in addition to HP... but he's may also have been doing plays, so...!

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From:arevanye
Date:November 21st, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
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I am SO into Alan Rickman. It was a joke around our house for awhile that I wouldn't buy a new DVD unless Rickman was in it somewhere--and he seems to be in a lot of movies, doesn't he?

Thanks for all that trivia! How can I ever repay you? How about a couple of lame icons? *grin*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 21st, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
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Ooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Ymmmmmmm. *G*

Considering his most distinctive feature is THE VOICE... you have to wonder how much that early disability had to do with him developing it.

And, again... yummmmmmmm.....

What's your favorite Rickman movie (favorite in that you think he's fabulous in it)?
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From:arevanye
Date:November 23rd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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I just love him in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Which ironically was the first date my husband and I ever went on. So that rather dates our relationship, doesn't it? And the scene in Sense and Sensibility where he says "give me something to do, or I shall go mad". *melts*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 23rd, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
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Wasn't he gorgeous? I can't stand the Robin Hood movie, but he is beautiful in it! *S* And, yes, sad but noble in S&S.

Me? I love him in Dogma. He gets to use the VOICE, and be funny as well as dramatic. And be "himself". *S*
From:honeyfitz
Date:November 26th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
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My first ever date was to see Robin Hood :D I was much more interested in Alan than my date, though. Perhaps that's why I never saw the guy again!
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From:arevanye
Date:December 6th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Wow, LJ is weird. I *just* got this comment email. WTF is that all about?

Anyway, my fav? Well, all the Potter movies, does that count? He just excels as Snape. Perfect perfect perfect.
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:November 21st, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
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(((((((((((((((((((((Rickman)))))))))))))))))))))))))

Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing that info. (OMG he was Hans Gruber? Was that the one I called the "mad Saxon"?? I considered him the only redeeming quality of that movie when my bf made me go to it...)
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:November 21st, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
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Oh, and - to answer a question you asked someone else (*ggl*) my fave is still "Sense & Sensibility". Although I can't wait for him to say my favorite sarcastic Snape line from HP6...
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From:anonypooh
Date:November 21st, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
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my favorite sarcastic Snape line from HP6

pray tell!

and I hope they don't cut it for you then!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:November 21st, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
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heehee!
"Is this your copy of Advanced Potion-Making?... Then why does it say 'Roonil Wazlib' inside the front cover?"
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 8th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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*LOL*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THAT'S why I've seen Ron icons with that name in it! *L*!!! I completely forgot. Thanks!
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
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*gigglefit* I want one of those icons! :):):)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 7th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Which is??? (got this late)
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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh- see my reply to Jules. :-)
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From:anonypooh
Date:November 21st, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
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interesting! .. I've never seen him on stage - I'm sure we'll rectify this wrong at some point :)

Don't know the anser He's not IN HP very much is he? grrrr - don't suppose it takes up long in his working year - there must be fansites that tell more? hmm ..

ooh *bounce* favourite Alan's? I haven't seen much of his imdb list in all .. but I looooooooooooooove Truly Madly Deeply, and Dogma best or those I have - and Galaxy Quest hee .. must get that on DVD it's such a geekfest.

what's yours?

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From:rosamundeb
Date:December 7th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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Hullo... just finally got this! *G*

Dogma, definitely Dogma - *G*.
From:honeyfitz
Date:November 21st, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
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I notice they omitted the fact that he has excruciatingly horrible dandruff. I've seen a silly amount of his films according to imdb - hooray :D I lurrve him.
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From:anonypooh
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
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..and what about stage then? - or is he on your list too ;)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 21st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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I was wondering that about YOU! Have you seen him on stage, pooh?
From:honeyfitz
Date:November 26th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
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he's on my list too! I tried to get tickets for him for a production back in around 1991 when he did a play prior to the Edinburgh Festival. But alas, I couldn't...one day, my dear. One day! There's a lot of people I've seen live in the last couple of years that I thought I'd never see.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:November 21st, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
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*L*! That's true... and his hair hasn't been as greasy lately.

Come on now... he's a potions master! You want to tell me he hasn't figured out how to cure dandruff yet? *L*!

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From:knitting_hobbit
Date:December 8th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
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*ROTFL!!* ;)
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From:shrinkarella
Date:February 15th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)

IS ALAN RICKMAN MARRIED???

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I'm on the hunt for info!!! Found a photo of ALan and a young blonde that stated, "Alan Rickman and WIFE." SO... Does anyone know??? I thought he's been with Rima Horton for DECADES! [did he really marry a young blonde girl?] HELP ME OUT PLEASE--can't sleep for the thought of this--but I need to know regardless! MUCH THANKS TO THOSE WHO REPLY. (I also posed this question on my new journal).
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From:rosamundeb
Date:February 15th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)

Re: IS ALAN RICKMAN MARRIED???

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No clue on anything new!
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