Alan Rickman's Personal Letters Reveal He Was Frustrated Playing Harry Potter's Snape

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A collection of personal letters belonging to the late Alan Rickman shows that playing one of the main roles in an iconic franchise like Harry Potter isn’t always easy. The letters, which are part of an auction at the ABA Rare Book Fair in London, shed light on Rickman's mindset when playing Severus Snape over the course of eight movies, and it's clear there was some difficulty along the way.

“Thank you for making HP2 a success,” Potter producer David Heyman wrote to Rickman in one letter. “I know, at times, you are frustrated but please know that you are an integral part of the films. And you are brilliant.”

And in another note, which Rickman titled Inside Snape’s Head, the actor bemoaned the way in which Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince director David Yates handled a specific part of Snape’s characterization. Details about what, exactly, Rickman didn’t like aren’t made public, but the actor wrote, “It’s as if David Yates has decided that this is not important in the scheme of things i.e. teen audience appeal,” when questioning the director's choices. Half-Blood Prince is the sixth film in the franchise, and the letters point towards frustrations starting as early as the second installment, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which was directed by Chris Columbus, who also helmed the first movie. 

There are happier notes in the collection, though, including one from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who told Rickman he was “doing justice to my most complex character,” and one from Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, saying, “To Alan, Thank you for all of my presents, I can’t wait to read Catcher in the Rye.”

According to Architectural Digest, the Rickman auction collection includes 35 boxes of diaries, photos, scripts, and other personal effects, including notes from Prince Charles, Tony Blair, and Bill Clinton. All said, the entire haul has been valued at $1.2 million.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Remake Will Star a Mixed-Breed Rescue Dog Named Monte

Disney
Disney

Following the success of The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp will be the next classic Disney movie to be revamped in 2019. And while most of Disney's live-action remakes boast star-studded casts, the lead in this upcoming film is totally unknown. That's because Monte, a mixed-breed dog from Phoenix, Arizona, spent his pre-Hollywood days living in animal shelters.

As AZ Central reports, Monte will make his film debut as Tramp when Lady and the Tramp releases alongside the launch of Disney+, the company's upcoming streaming service, on November 12. In the original 1955 animated movie, Tramp was portrayed as a mutt who lived on the streets, so instead of looking for a purebred dog to portray the character, producers stayed faithful to the source material.

Monte lived in a New Mexico animal shelter before transferring to HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix. When the filmmakers went there in search of a star for their movie, he instantly won them over. Like Tramp, Monte is a mixed-breed dog, but the shelter doesn't know exactly what his background is, other than being part terrier. Despite his scrappy appearance, Monte is very well-behaved. He knows how to sit, walk on a leash, and he's friendly with everyone he meets, according to the shelter.

The Lady and the Tramp crew adopted Monte in April 2018, and earlier this month, Disney released the first promotional image of him for the film. It features Monte snuggling up with his co-star, Rose, who plays Lady. True to the original, Lady is portrayed by a purebred cocker spaniel. Though you likely don't recognize the dogs on the poster, you may have heard of the voice actors who will bring them to life: Justin Theroux is playing Tramp and Tessa Thompson is Lady.

[h/t AZ Central]

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