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Sundance Diary: Alan Rickman talks 'Harry Potter'...well, sorta

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Bottleshock_lOkay. So some of you Popwatchers out there were — eh-hem — disappointed that I did not provide more details about the Sundance dinner with Alan Rickman. Shall I explain? For one thing, I was leaving that detail duty to Rickman’s No. 1 Most Awesomest Fan, Whitney Pastorek. For another, I was waiting until I interviewed the guy because I wanted to find out if he was going to use the Las Vegas hotel voucher he won at said dinner. Also, though I knew he’d never comment on it, I shamelessly had to tell him that his portrayal of Snape made me love the grumpy ole prof well before the last book revealed his heartbreaking secret. (El Jefe Pastorek and I share this sentiment.) So here you have it, Rickman lovers: After the jump, a peek at my chat with him from the day after his film, Bottle Shock (pictured), premiered.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Are you having a good time here?
Alan Rickman:
Yeah, it’s like 1995, maybe, or ‘94, that I was here before. It seemslike it’s still a small town, but something else is going on.

Something else, like swag?
Well you get taken around places, and then it’s, I dunno, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or something. [Laughs]

Bottle Shock is the second film you’ve made with director Randy Miller [after 2007’s Nobel Son]. I’m guessing you get along.
Ilove working with Randy and Jody [Savin, the cowriter]. God knows it’shappened before that directors and writers build up a repertory ofactors. I think it’s sort of sound economics on some level. You canstep straight into work because you understand the language.

You play a connoisseur of wine in this movie. How about in real life?
Ilove wine. I think it’s kind of a miracle, the way it grows, the factthat the vines will play along with somebody that bothers to understandthem. I spend quite a bit of time in Italy. A friend of mine has avineyard there. Good wine, good food, people talking in a beautifulsurrounding — you don’t really need much else.

Are you going to use your Vegas hotel room voucher?
[Laughs]

That was funny, that you, and you alone, won one.
It was abit funny. But strangely enough, a friend of mine and his wife live inVegas. And because I’m not likely to be there in the next year, I’vegiven it to them because they really need a break. I’m gonna give themthree days in a hotel, just up the road from their house. They can takea fake vacation and maybe take their daughter and let her play in thepool and all of that.

Okay, I think your wranglers are giving me the signal, but I haveto say, even before I got to the end of the Harry Potter books —
Beforeyou go any further, I never, ever talk about that character. Numberone, because it’s not fair on kids who haven’t read to the end. And forme to say anything — there’s a bit of it that just should be leftinnocent. It’s real storytelling, what she’s done, and I’m part ofthat. So I just never talk about it.

When do you go back to shoot Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?
They’re shooting six [now], and I start shooting my part of it beginning of February.

It’s a bigger part for you this time.
Ahh…. There’s important stuff. [Smiles]

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