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Thompson and Rickman, together again

Nov. 3, 2003 at 5:51 PM

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman have worked together on so many occasions, they actually behave like a married couple.

Good thing. The two have been cast as husband and wife in Richard Curtis' new romantic comedy, "Love Actually."

"Alan and I, we are so married now that we actually had a row on set," Thompson told UPI. "Because I was saying, 'Oh, well, why don't you try this?' and he said: 'I'll do what I bloody well want. Don't tell me what to do!' I said, 'I wasn't telling you what to do!' We got very nippy with each other in the airport scene. It was hysterical. I just said, 'I am so glad I'm not married to you!'"

The star of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Primary Colors" then recalled how

her director/father always said "direction is 90 percent in the casting."

"And I think that is very true," said the actress. "I think working with anyone more than once is good because, apart from the obvious, you can be

thoroughly rude to them and that gets ride of a lot of hoo-ha. You don't have to skirt around their egos and everyone's had their corners rubbed off. You recognize them."

In the film, Rickman plays a happily married man whose head is turned by the office temptress. Rickman and Thompson have acted together in "Sense and Sensibility" and "Judas Kiss," and will both appear in the next Harry Potter movie. Rickman also directed Thompson in the film version of "The Winter Guest."

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