There are certain celebrity voices that just ask to be impersonated. Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman have been trendy impressions, but the voice coming from every hot mimic today is that of "Harry Potter" star Alan Rickman.
But the iconic British actors knows what the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston are up to. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Rickman for "CBGB," he said that he hasn't been keeping up with his status on the internet, but the impersonations from the two up-and-coming British actors have not gone unnoticed.
Check out the video above to see what Alan Rickman has to say about other people stealing his voice.
On February 21, 67 years ago, a man was born. This man was actor, an actor who could find the perfect way to deliver a line, even if it took twice the normal amount of time to recite it. An actor with a voice that would inspire a legion of imitations and launch thousands of Tumblrs. An icon whose most popular character would take him all the way to the championship of the Harry Potter World Cup.
Yes, today is Alan Rickman's birthday, and we couldn't be happier to celebrate it and all the ways the man behind Severus Snape makes us happy.
Prepare to see Alan Rickman as you've never seen him before.
The con is on in the new international trailer for "Gambit," and Rickman's character (the richest man in all of England) is the one who's going to be screwed over by it. Fortunately, it seems as though he more than deserves the scam. As multi-billionaire Lord Shabandar, Rickman is willing to take it all off and it seems like he had a blast doing it. After years of seeing him as the cold Severus Snape, it's fun to see him let loose a little in a villain role.
This picture comes from the set of Lee Daniels' upcoming film, "The Butler," which features Alan Rickman as President Reagan. Forget Daniel Day-Lewis. This is the new, hot presidential look-alike of the season.
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If you think about it, "Darth Altas" is the perfect metaphor for the Empire's over-industrialization weighing down upon its ultimate victim. Hmmm. Indeed.
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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" got snubbed at the Oscars. It's something that most of us here on the MTV Movies Blog team -- and many of you fans out there -- can agree on. But apparently leading man Daniel Radcliffe agrees with us, and he's made his displeasure known.
"There's a certain amount of snobbery," Radcliffe said in an interview with the Radio Times (via The Guardian). "It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care. But it would've been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in."
"I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese," Radcliffe added. "I was watching Hugo the other day and going, 'Why was this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed."
This morning, Harry Potter fans everywhere had to come to terms with some pretty big disappointment. Hopes that "Deathly Hallows – Part 2" might earn Oscars glory crashed and burned today with the nominations announcement.
It wasn't just the fans that prayed for a big night on Oscar night. Warner Bros. made a big push for award consideration with their ubiquitous "Consider" ad campaign. Many held out hope for a Best Picture nomination and perhaps recognition, at long last, for Alan Rickman and Severus Snape.
Alas, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2" did not make the cut, despite a relatively long list of nine Best Picture nominees, one less than the maximum. But were the awards dreams just fan delusions that got out of hand?
Warner Bros has their Oscar campaign for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" under control. A new ad for their For Your Consideration crusade highlights every single tear-jerking moment from the film. Snape's memories? Check. Harry's walk into the forest? Check. The King's Cross Station scene? Absolutely. Only time will tell whether it has what it takes to convince the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give it a best picture nod, but it certainly has us poised to go out and buy the DVD when it hits stores Friday.
Anyone who saw "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" over the weekend -- and a lot of you have, based on the "Potter" box office returns -- would be hard pressed to not be moved by the emotional Snape's memory sequence.
Apparently it was no easier to edit for director David Yates than it was for us to sit in the theaters without tears trickling down our cheeks. Yates told MTV News that the scene was originally a lot longer and more linear, but he felt that cutting it down and shaping it differently lent itself to the movie much more.
"It didn't feel quite like a memory. It wasn’t quite evocative enough," Yates said. "I think we were telling too much story basically, so by fragmenting it, it just became oddly more moving ultimately."
Make no mistake: despite whatever flaws "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" may have (and it certainly does have a few), director David Yates has brought the series home in an absolutely beautiful finale. Every actor in the franchise steps up their game, and nearly every beloved character gets their due in this movie. Really, is there anything more a viewer could ask for?
It's easy for me to say that as "a 'Harry Potter' fan," but this final installment of the epic saga is a movie that transcends that stipulation for enjoyment. Of course, if you haven't seen any of the previous "Potter" movies then "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" will probably be a bit confusing (but hey, you can always read our primers!), but even the casual enthusiast will be blown away by what proves to be an entirely satisfying conclusion to a decade-long film franchise. Check out five reasons why you need to see this movie after the jump.