Emma Thompson said the late Alan Rickman could be “scary” – but when he was funny he was “fun”.
he is an Oscar-winning actress, 63, who has worked with Rickman throughout her career, including playing his wife in the romantic comedy Love Actually.
A collection of the Harry Potter star’s diaries has been published posthumously in 2016 at the age of 69, giving readers an insight into his life and career.
In an interview on BBC Breakfast on Thursday, presenter Charlie Stayt recorded one of his diary entries from 1994: “Leave a rude note for Emma.”
Dame Emma said the entry must have been written during the couple’s time in Los Angeles and how, on the flight home, they laughed nonstop.
She said: “I remember him telling a story about how he was very close with a cat and one person farted really loudly and it broke the cat’s hair.
“I just remember him telling that story in business class on British Airways and kind of doing it backwards.
“He’s very funny, Alan. That’s the thing. And you don’t have to get there. All of his performances are phenomenal but when he’s funny, oh, my God, he’s hilarious. “
The veteran actress said Rickman can also be “scary”, adding: “It’s good because he has such dignity, Alan, and huge intelligence and he’s not a frivolous person in any way.”
Dame Emma said the pair can be “quite fun and silly” together at times, like on New Year’s Eve, but in general he’s a “very deep thinker”.
“He takes the world very seriously and his role in it is so profound, which is why he is truly a great artist,” she said.
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The 2003 film Love Actually became a Christmas staple, and the scene where Dame Emma confronts Rickman’s cheating character has been hailed as a heartbreaking moment in cinema.
Reminiscing about her time filming the film, Dame Emma said: “Alan and I had almost completely opposite energies.
“His is underground, mysterious and dark and mine is fangs and above ground and it’s brilliant. It’s basically like having Eeyore and Piglet on set.
“And that’s what it’s like with Love Actually. I’ll be spinning with Piglet and he’ll be amused by my little rosy. “
In the interview, Rickman’s wife Rima Horton said fans often ask him about his roles, mainly as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and the villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
She said his diary showed she was able to “stabilize” him.
She said: “He said quite a few times in his diary something I didn’t know he wrote – ‘and then Rima came back and I calmed down’.
“So I think I had that role in his life in keeping him, I suppose. Because Alan is a classic Pisces, swimming in two directions at once, and I think I’m an Aquarius I’m pretty balanced with that. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/dame-emma-thompson-when-alan-rickman-was-funny-he-was-hilarious-42044780.html Dame Emma Thompson: When Alan Rickman is funny, he’s hilarious