Alan Rickman was apparently “driven insane” by a “love actually” scene

Severus Snape probably wouldn’t be a huge fan of Mr. Bean’s comedic style, and apparently the truth isn’t that far from the fiction. In a new ABC News special, “The Laughter & Secrets of love actually: 20 Years Later’, the cast and crew of the hit romantic holiday comedy revealed that the late Alan Rickman was ‘stunned’ by his scene Rowan Atkinson.


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love actually director Richard Curtis attended the iconic scene where Rickmans Harry sneaks away from his wife Karen (Emma Thompson) Buy a diamond necklace for Mia at the mall (Heike Makatsch) an attractive younger woman who works in his office. While at the checkout he has to contend with Atkinson’s eccentric clerk Rufus, who promises to have Harry’s gift wrapped “in the flashiest of lightning bolts” but comically takes a long time to add unnecessary flourishes like a gold ribbon, flower buds, lavender, Add a cinnamon stick and a sprig of holly.

While the scene is a comedic showcase for Atkinson, Rickman apparently didn’t find it all that funny at the time. “Rowan just took his time,” Curtis said Diane Saeger. “So he would do 11-minute recordings.” The length of the takes and the improvisation apparently bothered Rickman. “[Rowan would say], “Let’s go back and do that. Let’s start again.’ And poor Alan was there the whole time, saying, ‘Grr, ugh.’” Luckily, Rickman’s frustration with the scene translated perfectly into his character, whose impatience with the situation is palpable. Sometimes method acting really is the way to go. Alan Rickman was apparently “driven insane” by a “love actually” scene

Charles Jones

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