Alan Rickman Quotes

January 18, 2016

alan rickman 1 elitereI wanted to post something else today, but then we all learnt that Alan Rickman passed away. I can’t believe that happened… when the announcement appeared, I thought (hoped) that it was some sick joke. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Until I’ll be ready to write reviews for his films, enjoy some of the poems read by this amazing artist and a few quotes from various interviews…


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. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy? That still excites me.” (source)

“I suppose with any good writing and interesting characters, you can have that awfully overused word… a jouuuuuurney. It might not be great, it might not be perfect, but it does answer the human need to sit there together and to be told a story.” (source)

“[The English language] is so rich and cruel and beautiful, like a fireworks display, and yet it can be so subtle and so crude. Marry that to the stage and something mysterious happens. Don’t ask me what. It’s magical.” (source)

“It was a punctuation mark in my life every year because I would be doing other things but always come back to that and I was always aware of my place in the story [Harry Potter] even as others around me were not. Am I sad? The point about a great story is that it’s got a beginning, a middle and end. The ending of this story was quite popular and beautifully judged by Jo Rowling and David Yates, so it’s not a cause for sadness; it’s a cause for celebration that it was rounded off so well.” (source)

“It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.” (on Harry Potter, source)

“If you’re playing somebody who has lived, the difference is that you become ultimately very protective of them… because the most important thing that you should never do with someone you’re playing is to judge them. And, obviously with someone like Reagan or Louis XIV – people have a lot of opinions and lots of books have been written. You have to have both feet firmly in both camps, if you see what I mean so that you don’t judge the character.” (source)

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” (source)

In theatre, 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. It’s repetition that should sound every night like the first time you’ve said it. Also, you’re more in control.” (source)

I like feeling a bit unsafe, and theatre, of course, is deadly. The good thing about starting late in this career is you go, ‘Well, what’s the worst that could happen?'” (source)

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 alan rickman 2 eliteresame 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.” (source)

… You will be missed, Mr Rickman.

by Elena Atudosiei

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3 Responses to Alan Rickman Quotes

  1. Alina Andreea Catarau on January 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

    You know, after learning about his death, I think that this article was the best choice for today’s post. RIP, Alan Rickman.

    • Elena Atudosiei on January 18, 2016 at 11:57 am

      I couldn’t bring myself to write anything else.

  2. Angie P. on October 10, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I’m a retired school teacher and in the past 4 months I’ve had a huge interest in British actors. I discovered Harry Potter and Allen Rickman. I watched interviews he had in June (2015) and he looked terrific. Cancer is a awful disease. Mr.Rickman has been on my mind a lot lately, and I can’t shake off this man’s death. I just wish I could have seen him in a play, his charisma was undeniable.

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