Actor Alan Rickman at "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" press conference at Claridges Hotel in London, England on November 26, 2007. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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Alan Rickman Thought Of Harry Potter's Set As An Army Camp
Alan Rickman wasn't always a huge fan of the "Harry Potter" movies he spent over a decade starring in. In fact, if J.K. Rowling hadn’t let him in on Snape’s backstory early on, before it was revealed in the books, the actor may have quit the series and the military nature of the sets.
In 2015, Rickman spoke with Empire about his time on "Harry Potter." "It was like being in an army camp, because the pressure on the producers was so intense," he explained. "They had a clipboard for the stuff they had to hit every day. And sometimes there were 300 children on set."
In the early films, most of the young kid actors were new to being on set, and to add to things, it was "a military campaign to get the adult actors there, because half of us were doing something else at the time," Rickman told Empire. "I don't know how they got us all there."
Thankfully, the later films’ sets ran more smoothly due to less use of practical effects and a heavier reliance on CGI, which alleviated the army camp atmosphere. "We never knew what was going to be put in around us, because they could do it so beautifully by the end," he said. "So that kept you interested."