Alan Rickman Quotes
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.
Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
Actors are actually very supportive of each other.
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.
All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.
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.
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.
Being on the stage in New York is always exciting because you feel like you're part of the life of the city.
Each character I play has different dimensions. I'm not interested in words that pull them together.
England in the '60s and the '70s was everything that history has said; it was phenomenally exciting, musically.
Every so often you read a play and a character just speaks to you - almost seems to speak through you, in fact.
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.
From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they're in charge of their own career somehow or other.
I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home.
I am the character you are not supposed to like.
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?
I can only see my limitations. That's just who I am.
I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.
I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
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February 21, 1946
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