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First Picture of Alan Rickman in "The Butler"

Posted by: Catherine
September 12, 2012, 08:42 PM

The first picture of Alan Rickman's (Severus Snape) new movie, The Butler, has surfaced (and can be seen below). As reported previously, Mr. Rickman is playing the role of Ronald Regan in the movie, which follows the life of a White House butler that serves many United States presidents. Mr. Rickman is pictured, dressed fully as Ronald Regan, with fellow cast-members Oprah Winfrey (White House maid) and Jane Fonda (Nancy Regan), as well as director Lee Daniels. The Washington Post reports: 

Oprah Winfrey — or whoever manages her Twitter feed — recently tweeted a couple of photos from the set of “The Butler,” the decades-spanning White House drama based on stories written by The Washington Post’s Wil Haygood. While Buzzfeed has focused on the photograph that shows off the age makeup sported by co-stars Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz (who still looks “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”-hot even as an “old” man), what’s more fascinating is the Instagram shot of Jane Fonda and Alan Rickman dressed as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Even with Winfrey and director Lee Daniels by their sides to shatter the illusion, the resemblance between them and the occupiers of the ‘80s-era White House is pretty striking.

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3269 Points

Well Alan certainly looks a lot more plump than he has during the last 8 Harry Potter movies. Then again, he probably had a certain size that he had to be at all times.

Posted by Acciobrooms on September 12, 2012, 09:13 PM report to moderator
340 Points

I think, @Mommy Direction, Rickman didn’t “plump up” because he doesn’t have to be skinny for Snape anymore. It is probably more so because he needs to look like Ronald Reagan.

Posted by hrrypttrfn328 on September 12, 2012, 10:48 PM report to moderator
317 Points

In this picture he (Alan Rickman) looks like Alec Baldwin I’m afraid …. but Jane Fonda looks pretty striking indeed !!!

Posted by siena on September 13, 2012, 01:33 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

Not sure when his scenes for ‘The Butler’ were shot, but Rickman definitely had a paunch on him when I saw him in ‘Seminar’ last winter. Whether it was a deliberate move to play a role is anybody’s guess.

What concerns me more than his weight is the idea of him possibly playing Reagan sympathetically and forcing me to start liking the guy after all these years! I’m hoping that he stays in his villain mode ; )

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on September 13, 2012, 01:38 PM report to moderator
28416 Points

Why is everyone obsessed with Alan’s weight? It’s immaterial isn’t it? the quality of the acting will be the important bit.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on September 13, 2012, 01:42 PM report to moderator
3269 Points

Relax, I was just saying that he looks plumper that’s all, it’s just something I noticed, it’s not like I have a problem with his weight.

Posted by Acciobrooms on September 13, 2012, 06:00 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

I dunno… He’s sure got Regan’s half grin & squinty eyes down & the hair is spot on.

Posted by Won_Two on September 13, 2012, 07:49 PM report to moderator
20981 Points

Wow, Alan really looks like Regan. He may have had to gain weight for this role, actors do it all the time. Looking forward to seeing this movie. :)

Posted by LunaLuver on September 13, 2012, 11:42 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

I think the tough part is going to be pitching his voice a couple of octaves higher. Reagan was no basso profundo.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on September 14, 2012, 12:13 PM report to moderator
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