Alan Rickman Felt ‘Frustration’ Playing Snape from Harry Potter


Alan Rickman felt frustrated playing the complex but favorite character of fans in the Harry Potter Movies, Snape. This was revealed as letters from the late actor’s collection were released.

Alan Rickman is one of the most famous actors in English movie history. From his famous role of Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Snape in Harry Potter movies, he was critically acclaimed. He was admired for his deep voice and his expression which supported his acting.

Last year he passed away after battling with pancreatic cancer and the whole film industry mourned his loss. Even though the character of Snape is famous among the lovers of Harry Potter, a letter from Rickman’s collection revealed it frustrated him.

In a letter from the producer of the Harry Potter movies who cast Rickman he thanked the deceased actor. He letter stated thank you for making Harry Potter 2 a success. I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.

Rickman had later written a note while working on sixth installment of the series “The Half-Blood Prince” which was titled “Inside Snape’s Head”. The actor had mentioned of frustration over the way director David Yates approached the character’s story-line. He wrote that it’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e teen audience appeal.

A letter was also found from the author of the original book J.K. Rowling thanking him for doing justice to character of Snape.

Along with the letters related to the Harry Potter movie, Rickman’s copy of the “Die Hard” script, the 1988 blockbuster movie was also part of collection.


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