One may, or may not know what this post will be about focusing in on that one keyword “Always.”
Yes, that bloody brilliant actor/person we know as Alan Rickman. It has already been one week since his passing, and yet I think on some level all of us still have not gotten over his passing. How can you? The answer: I do not think any one of us will ever “get over” his passing or “leave taking” as Emma Thompson brilliantly and sadly described it. Personally, myself, I think I fell for Alan when the rest of my generation did-Harry Potter. Of course, I fell for him after the first movie.
He became my favourite actor after the first movie because of how brilliant he was! I did an interview for the local newspaper near me Contra Costa Times. I remember the interviewer asking which scene was my favourite and character. At the time-nervous and on the spot I said Hagrid and the hut scene when Hagrid blew open the door. Looking back however, I regret saying that-because it was really Snape and the scene where Alan Rickman as Snape spoke about Potions class expectations. Why? The way he was able to capture and hold one’s attention. After the firt Harry Potter film, I went back and delved into Alan’s earlier/newer movies. All the tributes from those who knew him well have been just as hard to read/watch etc. as much as they were and are hard to say.
Alan Rickman as Harry in “Love Actually”, telling Emma Thompson “You’re a Saint,” which based on their great friendship, I’m sure he really did think that of her-and by what type of caring, kind, loving, type of guy he was as well as being a super brilliant one and an absolute genius on so many levels.
Alan from “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” brilliant film about coping with the loss of a loved one.
“Galaxy Quest” and “Snow Cake” were brilliant films too and both with Sigourney Weaver. I loved “Galaxy Quest” because of how funny it was and I learned a lot from “Snow Cake.” The Winter Guest also had a huge impact on me, Emma Thompson was bloody brilliant in it as was her mum. Also, Sean Biggerstaff was brilliant in it too considering that was before he was Oliver Wood.
Alan was brilliant and hilarious in “Bottleshock,” everything from the way he drank wine, to the KFC scene to the hilarious bit about not being an asshole but being British and the other was not.
Alan was the downright best Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and he was absolutely phenomenal in CBGB.
Back to Harry Potter again-Alan was by far the best ever as Snape. He was great at supporting all the rest of his fellow co-stars in it from Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung, to his contemporaries Jason Isaacs, Dame Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw, Richard Harris(RIP), Kenneth Branaugh(sp?) etc.
My thoughts, prayers, love go to everyone who knew Alan personally, especially to his wife Rima Horton and Sharleen Spiterri in this difficult time.
And, who could forget Alan in “Sense & Sensibility,” he was absolutely phenomenal and perfect in it with both Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson-who did an absolutely amazing job on the script!
And how fitting it was that he cast Kate Winslet in “A Little Chaos” which much like “The Winter Guest,” twenty years before he-Alan directed so mavellousy!
Alan has left a huge legacy which has left many of us with a piece missing from our heart and one that will not be healed easily by anything, but time.
Alan Rickman R.I.P. you beautiful angel of a man. Thank you for being in this lifetime – for sharing so much of yourself. Though I do think that God took you much too soon, you were supposed to live for at least a few more years-I almost thought you were immortal-don’t worry you are…you’re immortal and immortalised in everyone’s hearts for all time – always.