Actor Alan Rickman (1946-2016) detonated the way of speaking of actress Emma Watson, his co-star in the films of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. Victim of pancreatic cancer, the interpreter of Professor Severus Snape made his criticism in a recently revealed excerpt from his diaries, gathered in a book scheduled for release next October, with the title ‘Madly Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman’ (‘Deeply Mad: The Diaries of Alan Rickman’, in free translation). The star’s comment on the colleague was reported by the Insider website.
Rickman mentioned Watson in texts written during the filming of ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ (2004). He described the production as “fabulous”, but pondered some limitations of the film’s jovial cast.
“These kids need direction,” Rickman said of the film’s casting. Then came the mention of Watson: “They forget their lines and Emma’s way of speaking is beyond Albanian at times.”
In another recently revealed excerpt from the same book, Rickman commented on how he felt as a member of the Beatles at the launch event for ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ (2004), the third of eight films inspired by the eponymous books written by JK Rowling.
“Arriving at Radio City was like being a Beatle,” Rickman wrote of the film’s launch event in New York. “There were thousands of fans screaming as we got out of the cars. Mostly by Daniel Radcliffe, but we were all excited. Not to mention getting on stage in front of six thousand people.”
Already in another passage, he justified his decision to continue acting in films after his first diagnosis of cancer, in 2005. Rickman was diagnosed with prostate cancer shortly before the start of his work on ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ (2007). ). He underwent treatment and a procedure to have his prostate removed in January 2006.
“Finally, yes to ‘HP5’ [‘Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix’ (2007)]”, wrote the actor. “The feeling is neither joy nor sadness. The argument that prevailed was: ‘look beyond, it’s your story’”.
Following prostate cancer, Rickman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015 and died the following January. He is survived by his wife, politician and teacher Rima Horton. He is also remembered for his work in productions such as ‘Die Hard’ (1988), ‘Robin Hood’ (1991), ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (1995) and ‘Love Simply’ (2001). Watch the trailer for the first ‘Harry Potter’, released in 2001 below: