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Alan Rickman Makes an Emotionally Compelling Cup of Tea

Alan Rickman/Photo © Miro Vrlik Photography/Shutterstock
Alan Rickman/Photo © Miro Vrlik Photography/Shutterstock

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Alan Rickman can do a lot with a little. In one of his recent roles, all that was required of the "Harry Potter" actor was to spend about fifteen seconds making a cup of tea. Thanks to the magic of time elapsed film (and a little mood music), this snippet becomes a dramatic portrait of a character actor in motion.