Was it intimidating working with alan rickman
I think that Alan would have been incredibly proud that this was his last movie.
It is what I love about it, which is that the Alan you see up on screen is much closer to the real Alan Rickman that we all knew and loved.
There were a couple of other projects that were flying around at the time and were a possible conflict with this, but I said to my agent, “That’s the movie I want to do.
If there are any conflicts, I’m telling you, that’s the movie I want to do.” At that time, we didn’t have distribution.
The film stars Helen Mirren as a British military officer in charge of a high level drone operation targeting terrorists in Kenya.As a director, you’re working with actors like Alan and Helen and the actors in this cast, who are highly intelligent people who genuinely think about what it is that we’re trying to do.I can’t really say anything more other than I’m so sorry that he’s not here to sit with us and lend another voice to this interesting conversation that the film throws up based on Guy Hibbert’s wonderful script.You see his intelligence, you see his wit, and you see his authority.I think that that was very much the Alan that we knew.One reads many scripts, and some of them are good and some of them are not, but every now and then, one really grabs you. That sounds like a cliché, but if you’ve seen the film, I hope that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Helen and I, this is our first time sitting in a conference together, so this is kind of fun to be able to tell her this. I kept thinking I’ve got to have an actor who’s steely, determined, intelligent, has a real presence and the ability to look…HOOD: That too. And especially because the wardrobe is so appealing. But I also confess that I thought to myself when I got to the end that this is a subject that should be talked about by as many people as possible and that women should not be excluded from this conversation by having a male-dominated cast that makes it look like a Boy’s Own war movie, because it’s so much more than that. I received the script, and like Gavin, I had exactly the same response to it.For some reason, I kept thinking, “Helen Mirren, Helen Mirren.” You may not know this, but the character was not written for a woman. I mean, I really need someone who can pull off the wardrobe. So, not only was I fortunate enough to get the best actor for the role, but I also got a great actress, if I may, who I hope appeals to men and women, especially because she’s sexy. It was an absolute page-turner, but I thought much more than that.I’m very proud to have worked with him and to have him in this film. I thought I thought this, and I’ve just turned the page, and the character has said something that has just spun my head in another direction, and what do I think now? I so applaud you, Gavin, not only for casting me — obviously that was great for me — but any woman.HOOD: Yes, I read the script, and now I can explain how I became so thrilled to have Helen in the film, because I was, as directors do, reading scripts and looking for something that would really capture me. So now, I not only want to know what happens next, but what do I think should happen next? ” As I was reading the script, I thought I really want to make this for those reasons. For some reason, I kept thinking of Helen as an actor, male or female. I love how you articulated it just now that it takes it out of just being a Boy’s movie about war, and I think it makes it much more universal that we are all a part of this conversation. I wish more directors and writers had that point of view.So, I haven’t known Alan his whole life, and I feel very privileged in a way to have worked with him and also slightly awkward, because I can’t believe he’s not here to articulate for the film and what he feels about the ideas raised in the film, which Helen was alluding to.He did have strong feelings about the concepts and the themes and the ideas raised by the film, and I wish he was here to articulate them because he was so articulate.