albalark (albalark) wrote,

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Serious Geek-out

      There are times when the twists my brain takes worry me :-) .  I was watching OotP today, and thinking about the difference between the way I see the characters in my head and the actors who portray them, especially Alan Rickman.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, vocally, he's perfect, but he's too old for this role - in fact is pretty wrong for it in just about every other way as well, though I really like him as an actor.  It has, in fact, been one of my pet peeves about this set of movies, that the 'parental generation' (for lack of a better term) is cast full of actors who are much older than they should be, and look it.  So I got to thinking, just how much older *is* the set of actors who play Snape's cohort?  So, after the movie, I went to work, and twenty minutes later, I had a spreadsheet, listing how old each character should be at the beginning (PS/SS), and how old they actually where when filming began.  Yes, I really am nuts.
      Rickman is definitely the most seriously off.  Snape is 31 in September of 1991, and Alan Rickman was 54 when they began filming in 2000.  Yes, he's supposed to look older than his years, but that's a *bit* too much, methinks.  Also seriously off is the actor who is playing Harry's father, who is 21 years older than the 21 year old who should be appearing in the Mirror.  The remaining Marauders are about 10 years too old, give or take.  Bellatrix, who is supposed to be 9 years older than Snape, is actually 6 years too young for her character (and Helena Bonham Carter is actually 20 years younger than Alan Rickman).  Only Lucius Malfoy is right on the money - Jason Issacs was 37 in 2000.
      Frankly, I think the wish for big name actors to play these roles got in the way.  They should have chosen less well-known actors closer in age to their roles, or, even better, animated the books.  Wouldn't you love to see what Marika or Makani or Vizen (three of my favorite HP fan artists) would do with that?  Okay, slinking off to bed now!
Tags: alan rickman, hp movie
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