“Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman” comes from a video series called Portraits in Dramatic Time, which features “an array of glacially paced performances of theater artists and actors.” According to its creator David Michalek, the portraits, each offering “a physical metaphor for an emotional condition,” were originally projected onto a building facade at Lincoln Center in New York City during a 2011 festival. This particular portrait shows actor Alan Rickman (you know him from Harry Potter, Dogma, Die Hard, etc.) doing epic violence to a cup of tea. As one YouTuber put it, “It’s a bit like watching God create the universe. A very angry God.”
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Yeah, this is great, and I love Alan Rickman and his performances to bits. But this bears absolutely no resemblance to the act of making tea, which involves pouring water just off the boil into a container containing leaves of tea, allowing it to steep for several minutes, and then pouring that tincture into a cup. Fie on tea bags dipped in luke warm water. Mr Rickman’s final response equates my reaction to tea bags.
You’re missing some details about this. The original was 8.30 min long, and like the other films in the series, completely silent This was uploaded in reaction to fanvideos and one in particular which was re-tweeted about 2 million times, using the same music. The uploader in that case was a film student, and taken aback by all the attention (and having not intended to overshadow the original work) she removed it and deleted her channel. The filmmaker then created this version above. Kind of a nice story. There are also other fan versions set to different compositions, but this one is superior in video quality having used the original.