Alan Rickman is, as we're sure you're aware at this point, one of our finest actors. From "Die Hard" and "Truly Madly Deeply" to the 'Harry Potter' series, he's consistently stolen the show in the finest tradition of British character actors. Now that the Potter franchise has wrapped up, Rickman's got a bit more time on his hands, and after wrapping "Gambit" with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, has just signed on, according to the Hollywood Reporter, to "CBGB," a biopic of Hilly Krystal, who founded the seminal New York City punk club, for writer/directors Randall Miller and Jody Savin, with whom Rickman worked previously on "Bottle Shock."
That film will get before cameras next month, but in the meantime, there's another project starring Rickman that's caught our attention: a collaboration with artist David Michalek in the form of a viral video where Rickman makes tea in super-slow motion, only to become enraged by the presence of the camera and trash the room. Oh, and it's all scored by Hans Zimmer's music from "Inception." It's an odd little clip, but a weirdly hypnotic one, and it made us laugh. So that's your lunch-time watching sorted. "CBGB" will presumably make it to theaters sometime in 2012.
Additional fun Rickman fact: we once saw him in a restaurant in London dining with Rutger Hauer. Oh, to be a fly on that wall… [Time]