657: During filming of The Order of the Phoenix, Alan Rickman banned Matthew Lewis and Rupert Grint from being within 5 meters of his new BMW, because during the making of The Goblet of Fire, they spilt milkshake in his car.
“Well he’s very focused. You know, he lives within very tight confines. Emotionally, physically, you know when we finally got to play a scene in what appeared to be his house – I often wondered what that would look like - and I remember walking onto the set and saying to Stuart Craig, I don’t know whether he would have all of these pictures on the walls, the books I could understand. But in a sense Stuart was absolutely right, this was the house that his parents built and in a way all he does is goes there and you can’t believe that he would go into that kitchen and cook any food, you wonder what he eats. Is there a takeaway somewhere at Hogwarts that he occasionally orders in from because you can’t imagine that there’s any other agenda in his life than the one he’s set himself.”—Alan Rickman
When you were first approached about the role, it's been said you were reluctant to take it on until you had a conversation with JK Rowling, and she said something to you that turned it for you? Can you tell us what that was?
I don't know that I'd ever been reluctant. It's just that you have to take small steps towards what this thing was that you were going to be part of. Certainly, I did say I needed to talk to her before I could get a handle on how to play it, and we did have a phone conversation. She certainly didn't tell me what the end of the story was going to be in any way at all, so I was having to buy the books along with everybody else to find out, 'And now what?' No, she gave me one little piece of information, which I always said I would never share with anybody and never have, and never will. It wasn't a plot point, or crucial in any tangible way, but it was crucial to me as a piece of information that made me travel down that road rather than that one or that one or that one.
“I remember my first scene with Alan Rickman and I was anxious because he is a slight ‘method’ actor; as soon as he is in his cloak, he walks and talks like Snape — it is quite terrifying. But I really wanted to talk to him because Robin Hood was one of my favourite films. After I plucked up the courage, we chatted for about half an hour, and he told me where he got his inspiration from and how he thinks of approaching his lines. It is fascinating for a young actor to be able to talk to your heroes like that. It is priceless.”—Tom felton talking about Alan Rickman (via peek-a-boom)