Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Harry Potter actor says lines were changed by Ruby Wax and Peter Barnes

Heather Saul
Friday 17 April 2015 17:03 BST
7. Alan Rickman
7. Alan Rickman (GETTY IMAGES)

Alan Rickman has admitted to going behind the backs of scriptwriters and rewriting lines with the help of his friends for his Bafta winning performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

The British actor made the admission as he spoke on stage at the Bafta headquarters at an event celebrating his career.

Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, undertook the role of the malevolent Sheriff in the 1991 blockbuster Robin Hood.

Speaking on stage, he told the audience that one conversation in the "terrible" script with two women was actually the work of his friends Ruby Wax and Peter Barnes.

Rickman said he met Barnes in a branch of Pizza Express, according to The Times. “I said, ‘Will you have a look at this script because it’s terrible, and I need some good lines.’ So he did, and, you know, with kind of pizza and bacon and egg going all over the script.”

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Barnes then edited a scene where his character would have been running down a corridor, telling him:“You should have a wench in a doorway, and then you should say, ‘You. My room, 10.30,’ and then turn to the other wench and say, ‘You, 10.45’.”

He said Wax later added: "And bring a friend.” The lines were then secretly added in by the director, Kevin Reynolds.

“Nobody knew this was happening except him," Rickman continued. "And I knew it had worked because as I cleared the camera I saw about 80 members of the crew just go [mimed trying not to laugh].”

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