In a recent interview Alec Hopkins, who was cast as a young Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, discusses the process of landing the role, filming and what he had to learn to portray the role for Severus.
Alec sent in some pictures and then waited a nerve-wracking four months till news came that he had the role. Alec mentions meeting Alan Rickman and how he prepared for the role:
Alan Rickman spent a couple of hours having a chat with me about the part and obviously that was nerve wracking; there was me as a nobody and then this famous actor.
He's very serious about acting but he likes to joke around. It was really nice and it surprised me - I thought a big star would be different but he was so nice.
I watched how he moved, spoke and the emotions he goes through. He also gave me some pointers about the character - how he would walk and hold himself, like keeping a straight back.
Alec also mentions that working on the films is a lot harder than people think:
Everyone is really nice but it's very daunting. You don't realise how many people there are and if you messed up you'd be so embarrassed.
It's been a great privilege just to be part of it. It's not just a film, but it's a Harry Potter film.
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