35 Total Quotes

Alan Rickman Quotes

Acting is about giving something away, handing yourself over to whatever role you are asked to play. I'm not hiding or escaping or seeking anonymity. I reserve the right not to have a rubber stamp on my forehead saying this is who I am. Because who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.
Alan Rickman
#Giving

I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
Alan Rickman
#Work

I can only guess at the pressures of funding an independent theater company in New York, but calling this production 'postponed' does not disguise the fact that it has been canceled. This is censorship born out of fear, and the New York Theatre Workshop, the Royal Court, New York audiences--all of us are the losers.
Alan Rickman
#Company

My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater. I'm some kind of accident.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor #Parents

Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

Each character I play has different dimensions. I'm not interested in words that pull them together.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I think worrying things are going on in England - a real apathy.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking, This is exciting.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I'm always aware of the camera and it feels like that's the audience.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

I've never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there's only one topic of conversation.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

Market forces impose certain rules before a film can actually get made.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

On film you put all your energies into a single glance.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

Somebody with Debbie Reynolds' features doesn't get cast as the Wicked Witch.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

The audience should feel like voyeurs. Their response is absolutely crucial.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor

There's a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.
Alan Rickman
#British Actor