Love, Marriage, and Cruelty: Alan Rickman Explains Strindberg’s 'Creditors'

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The packed house at BAM's Harvey Theater was probably eager to have a look at the protean actor whose dulcet malevolence has brought many nasty characters to life, including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard. But Alan Rickman was just as wily and entertaining as the director of Strindberg’s “relentless” (his words) marriage a trois, in a conversation with the New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengraber.

Bon Mots

On Creditors appeal: "I think the reason people are enjoying it so much is—they’re seeing their own marriages.”

On Directors:  “The directors you trust the most are the ones, when you ask them a question, they’ve got the guts to say, ‘I don’t know.’”

On Directing: "I have three great racehorses on stage, and I’m sort of reining them in, and kicking them on, at the same time.  It’s an impossible aim, really.  But then so is acting."

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Comments [3]

Shukmeister from Chesapeake, VA

I found the interview to be extremely entertaining, as well as insightful into a director's thought processes.

Mr Rickman seem to enjoy the reactions of the audience as well, from the cell phone ringing (and shame on you, whoever you are!) to the audience-directed questions at the end of the conversation.

I was disappointed in Mr Holdengraber who failed to maintain his end of the conversation, faltering on several occasions when it seemed he couldn't force Mr Rickman down the path of Mr Holdengraber's chosing.

In the end, it was well worth the chilly wait outside the Harvey Theater!

May. 08 2010 12:26 AM

Thankfully throughout the interview Mr.Rickman maintained a pleasant demeanor and kept his fans laughing while the interviewer failed miserably.

May. 05 2010 08:40 PM
Cahill from United States

Okay, you told a "brief" bit about the play. Wish you were going for something more - you have Alan Rickman talking to you - and the best you could manage is to be "brief"? Not warm, not insightful, not engaging - but brief? Ever think you're missing the point of journalism?

May. 05 2010 09:12 AM

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