Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries

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Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries

Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries

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Rickman began writing the diaries by hand in the early 1990s, with the intention that they would one day be published [. Perhaps it’s ironic, given he seemed so keen to escape it, that Rickman ended up being best remembered for playing the sneering Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter.

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He still tries to maintain his privacy and normal social calendar--even attending a play a couple of hours after receiving the diagnosis and not notifying others of his prognosis for several weeks--and continues to be circumspect in recording the details of his illness in his own personal diary, but the trailing off in his energy is quite palpable and really hard to read. Prying into someone’s edited diaries… well, it’s not like you’re going to see confessionals; you’ll see mostly the day-to-day. He also is very generous with praise when he thinks it is warranted, which helps even out the harsher aspects of the material, and I liked how often he delved into the mundane aspects of his life. Since the beginning states that they don't know if he would have wanted these journals published, I'm going to bet he would have said, "No!

Labour party hopeless, Gordon won’t take decisions, Mandelson (of course), mistrust of Miliband, grudging respect (I think) for Cameron’s cleverness. Come the 2000s an overarching plot is provided by Harry Potter, the imperious juggernaut he loves and loathes and cannot escape. If a script wasn’t up to snuff he would change it, as he admitted doing for his Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

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The exchange only becomes more enjoyable once you’ve read his diaries, published today and covering his life and career from 1993 up to his death in 2016. In the bar backstage, Gwyneth Paltrow introduced herself (more beautiful off screen) and then [we] met the group in the inner sanctum with Richard Curtis. In the end, the title has been used thousands of times and even became the title of a number one pop song by Savage Garden.

Madly Deeply is a rare invitation into the mind of Alan Rickman—one of the most magnetic, beloved performers of our time. He gave money to acting students; his visibly emotional Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Juliet Stevenson said on Newsnight that the acting community felt it had “lost the steering wheel in our car”.

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