Alan Rickman Does Epic Violence to a Cup of Tea in Super Slow Motion

“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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  • Amanda says:

    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.

  • MsSardonicus says:

    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.

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