Maggie Smith is just a ‘glorified extra,’ Alan Rickman wrote


Alan Rickman may have passed away in 2016, but his musings about his Hollywood career remain.

His journals are set to be published in a book titled “Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman,” out on Oct. 18, and the actor had no filter on what he really felt.

The “Harry Potter” alum was a major part of the magical franchise, and wrote that some of his older cast members — including the iconic Maggie Smith — didn’t have large enough roles in the films.

In a series of excerpts published by the Guardian, he called his adult co-stars “glorified extras.”

“There could be a new agency called Glorified Extras,” he quipped. “It would include Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Robert Hardy, Miranda Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Frances de la Tour, never mind the kids.”

Rickman starred as professor Severus Snape in eight films, spanning from 2001 until 2011.

However, in 2002, Rickman wanted to quit the series and move on to do other films.

Maggie Smith, Miriam Margolyes and Richard Harris in 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
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He later signed on for more “Harry Potter” movies in 2006, following his treatment for prostate cancer.

Elsewhere in his journals, the “Die Hard” actor described his contempt for the younger stars of the franchise — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

When writing about the youngsters, he penned: “These kids need directing. They don’t know their lines and Emma [Watson]’s diction is this side of Albania at times.”

Rickman also believed that Radcliffe, now 33, would not have success as a famous actor following the “Harry Potter” films.

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Ian Hart, 2001
Rickman played professor Severus Snape in eight “Harry Potter” films, spanning from 2001 until 2011.
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“Corridor with Dan Radcliffe. He’s so concentrated now. Serious and focused – but with a sense of fun. I still don’t think he’s really an actor but he will undoubtedly direct/produce,” the “Dogma” star said.

Rickman reportedly once spilled a major “Harry Potter” spoiler during dinner with friend, comedian Eddie Izzard.

“Alan had started playing Professor Snape from the Harry Potter films,” Izzard, 60, told the Guardian. “He portrayed him with an intense and brittle spirit. I asked if Snape continued in future stories.

“ ‘Well,’ he said, ‘the latest book has just come out, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ then he quietly added: ‘And I — I am the Half-Blood Prince,’ ” Izzard recalled. 

The comedian had remembered the meet-up taking place in 2003, however, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was released in 2005.

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