I don’t like talking to most journalists, because they tend to fit the conversation into a one-page article and make them compare something to something all the time.
The beauty of starting your career late is that you think, « How could anything be worse than this? »
I’ve always liked the balance between theater and cinema, and I’m happy to be working in both areas. Until now, it amazes me that you can stand motionless on stage and 800 people in the audience are able to understand what my character is thinking.
I’ve always thought Snape was one of those elements of a rich and complex story that didn’t need to be revealed. Children’s imagination is such a thing that it is better not to interfere with its work. Therefore, I was silent. And now I don’t want to talk about what awaits Snape at the end. There will always be children who will pinch their ears because they do not want to know anything.
Chekhov is the greatest playwright! Because he is incomprehensible. You can’t keep up with him: now it seems to you that he is here, but he eludes you. It is very difficult for us. You need to understand his special intonation, atmosphere, but we do not know it. How I wish I could understand Russian well. I’ve seen Chekhov’s excellent productions in Russian, but it’s impossible to translate perfectly, it’s always a problem.
Being a director and an actor at the same time is just awful. Schizophrenic. Nowadays, actors often star in their own films. I don’t understand at all how they do it. I’m in this film (« A Little Mess », where Rickman played King Louis XIV. – « RBC Style ») solely at the insistence of the producer. I’m not stupid enough to assert myself for the role.
I guess I am not identified with Snape as much as Rafe Fiennes with Voldemort. And I think that Daniel Radcliffe is quite successful in his future career. I understand why people are trying to put labels on us, but we need to defend against this.
When I came to the shooting of Rasputin (Uli Edel’s 1996 film – RBC Style), I really liked it in St. Petersburg, we filmed in St. Isaac’s Cathedral. No one has filmed there before. At the hotel, I liked it less: the film crew laid out a fortune for a day of stay, and at the same time at the front desk employees complained about a meager salary. Or here’s another: tiny old women were sitting at the exit from the hotel and selling some kind of shoes and wooden spoons. And I thought that I was taken to the shooting in Lenin’s car. But I still really liked the country.
The art and skill of storytelling can save the world. The main thing is not to turn into old peppermakers who do not see how the world around them is changing – and it will continue to change – so it is imperative to tell stories to each other, about each other. Otherwise, you can give up on us. This is the only way and we will understand each other, we will understand who we are. The only problem is whether we can accept all these stories and whether we have enough concentration. Can we sit for two hours in the cinema and perceive the story on the screen? After all, we are used to the fact that at any moment we can press the pause button, because our phone rang.
It seems to me that even if you decide to achieve something and train hard, in the end you will still sit for a long time without work. I was no exception.
I’m worried about young actors who crave fame so much. As if they do not know what an empty life awaits them, how quickly the glory will pass if they make a mistake one day, when the first wrinkles appear on their faces or someone more interesting appears on the stage.
The smartest person I’ve met? Perhaps the woman with whom I live. At least the fact that she is still with me proves it.
Chaos cannot exist without order. You need to destroy it so that life does not turn into something orderly, routine – you need to create chaos out of it.
From the earliest times people needed good stories. But the story is impossible without a talented storyteller. Thanks for the stories, Joe (J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels – RBC Style).