A Minute With: Alan Rickman on returning to the director's chair

Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:48am EDT
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By Rollo Ross

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Alan Rickman returns to the director's chair after nearly 20 years with romantic period drama "A Little Chaos," starring Kate Winslet as a landscape designer commissioned to work on the gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

The film is Rickman's second as director since 1997's "The Winter Guest."

Rickman, 69, who played Professor Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise, also portrays Louis XIV in the fictional and loosely historical film set in 1682.

Q: Apparently the film took 10 years to make. Why was it so difficult?

A: Well, it wasn't that it was difficult, it was that I wasn't available and the people who had written it and then wanted to move it on were prepared to wait until I was free to direct a movie. I didn't have a year and a half at my disposal until recently.

Q: How does it help having such a long gestation period?

A: I’m not sure that it does help. Well, something is good about it in that it reminds you it has a timeless quality. ... It meant we could spend time tailoring it to what we always knew would be a ridiculously small budget.

Q: What first drew you to the director's chair?   Continued...

Director Alan Rickman arrives for the "A Little Chaos" gala during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 13, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch