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The audience should feel like voyeurs.
by Alan Rickman

The audience should feel like voyeurs.
Their response is absolutely crucial.
- Alan Rickman

I think worrying things are going on in England -
a real apathy.
- Alan Rickman

I've never been able to plan my life.
I just lurch from indecision to indecision.
- Alan Rickman

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit.
Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
- Alan Rickman

 

Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
- Alan Rickman

I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking,
This is exciting.
- Alan Rickman

I'm always aware of the camera and it feels like that's the audience.
- Alan Rickman

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I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
- Alan Rickman

I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic.
- Alan Rickman

When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
- Alan Rickman

If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.
- Alan Rickman

If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
- Alan Rickman

On film you put all your energies into a single glance.
- Alan Rickman

What's interesting about the process of acting is how
often you don't know what you're doing.
- Alan Rickman

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination.
- Alan Rickman

If you spend any time in Los Angeles,
there's only one topic of conversation.
- Alan Rickman

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling.
I love getting on trains and boats and planes.
- Alan Rickman

What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with
actors talking about themselves.
- Alan Rickman

My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater.
I'm some kind of accident.
- Alan Rickman

Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
- Alan Rickman

You can lull the paying customers as long as they get slapped.
- Alan Rickman

Each character I play has different dimensions.
I'm not interested in words that pull them together.
- Alan Rickman

Somebody with Debbie Reynolds' features doesn't get
cast as the Wicked Witch.
- Alan Rickman

All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and
accuracy of their listening.
- Alan Rickman

It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
- Alan Rickman

Market forces impose certain rules before a film can actually get made.
- Alan Rickman

There's a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.
- Alan Rickman

If you could build a house on a trampoline,
that would suit me fine.
- Alan Rickman

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
- Alan Rickman

I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
- Alan Rickman

I want to swim in both directions at once.
Desire success, court failure.
- Alan Rickman

Who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.
- Alan Rickman

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an
audience to understand all the nuances.
- Douglas Dunn

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
- Voltaire

It requires wisdom to understand wisdom:
the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
- Walter Lippmann

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

The audience likes their emotions to be touched.
They want to laugh and cry and feel good.
- Magic Johnson

There's nothing like spending an evening with an audience every night.
- John Lithgow

Actors should be overheard, not listened to,
and the audience is 50 percent of the performance.
- Shirley Booth

I've never been uncomfortable putting my heart on display,
my feelings on display, certainly with an audience.
- David Coverdale

When the audience leaves, I'd like them to feel positive when they go.
- Juice Newton

I don't have a director.
The audience directs me.
- Hal Holbrook

I am attracting a new audience now, one that is more
open and more spiritually inclined.
- Kenny Loggins

The audience that surprised us the most was definitely Paris,
when we played there last.
They were just incredibly into us and we weren't expecting it at all.
- Jon Crosby

In the theatre the audience wants to be surprised -
but by things that they expect.
- Tristan Bernard

If you have a recital to do, you have to memorize the songs.
I never use music when I do recitals.
It produces an instant barrier, both for yourself and the audience.
- Bryn Terfel

I always worried I'd forget my lines or say the wrong
words or the audience would laugh in the wrong places.
- Lawrence Welk

And I think that we're more of an alternative act in that sense,
and that flavor comes across to the audience.
- Juice Newton

Above all, ignore the audience.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

You've got to write for your audience.
- John Ratzenberger

When the audience is awful you can still have a great
night and people will walk out thinking they had a
great time even though there was loads of loudmouths
and the sound was terrible.
- Leo Kottke

As an actor you become that lighting rod between the
person who made the play and the audience.
- Christopher Walken

One thing changes every evening: It's the audience,
and I'm working my magic.
I'm always learning from it.
- Eli Wallach

A show needs time to find an audience,
and they're very quick to pull them off the air now.
- Bruce Boxleitner

To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career,
there is no doubt about that.
But the 'Lord of the Rings' films are not made for Oscars,
they are made for the audience.
- Peter Jackson

The applause is a celebration not only of the actors
but also of the audience.
It constitutes a shared moment of delight.
- John Charles Polanyi

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

The running across the field thing, that was the first
scene we shot in the movie.
We asked the audience to stay for the scene,
and 37,000 people stayed.
- Jimmy Fallon

Tom is the most eccentric person I have ever worked with.
We get on very well and I am most impressed with how
he can hold an audience in the palm of his hand.
- Louise Jameson

Sometimes you don't know what you've got until you
put it in front of an audience -
and the enthusiasm for the show from the audience has been just incredible.
- Matthew Bourne

The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now.
There's not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what's being offered.
- John Lithgow

I think they will feel refreshed because I cater to a mature audience.
- Slick Rick

To me, there was nothing greater than to play for an
audience and to entertain people and that has stayed with me all these years.
- Bobby Vinton

That will only happen if I have a bout of amnesia or
if I feel like mooning someone in the audience.
- Daryl Hannah

When I tried to branch out into comedy,
I didn't do very well at it, so I went back to doing
what I do naturally well,
or what the audience expects from me -
action pictures.
- Sylvester Stallone

People come to the theatre to be excited and uplifted -
I want to inspire my audience.
- Edward Hall

I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature.
After all, we shouldn't be here, with all the odds against us in nature.
It's kind of unusual and wonderful!
- Paul Taylor

The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
- Lester Bangs


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