Remembering Alan Rickman
It literally feels like weeks ago that Alan Rickman passed away…
The reason that I’m doing this post is, four days prior to Alan Rickman passing, David Bowie had passed away
…and in all honesty, I had not recovered from that by a long shot.
Two of my Favorite People on the planet going out so close together
During my mourning, I did post about the loss of Bowie (Bowie), but I was so down about the loss of both of them, that I never got a chance/was up to writing about Alan Rickman… Though I totally intended to.
So here it is… A little late
I originally saw Alan Rickman for the first time in “Die Hard” (1988), which I’m not even sure I saw in a theater… But when I saw this film, he blew me away.
I have a Theory about Movies/Films/Stories where there’s a Good Guy, and a Bad Guy… The Theory is, the Movie/Film/Story can only be as good as the Villain is, no matter how good the Good Guy Actor is
Because lets face it, how great of a Victory is it to take out a Bad Guy you don’t fear, and or respect… It’s pretty empty
The ultimate example of this for me is “Star Wars”… Darth Vader is my Favorite Villain of all time… And I believe, played a huge role in why the Films were so great
Lets face it, “Die Hard” is a fun/good Flick… But without Alan Rickman as Bruce Willis’s Adversary, it may not have been.
Alan Rickman was a Great Villain…
Rickman then Affirmed this further in “Quigley Down Under” (1990), where he was, once again, a Great Villain…
If you haven’t seen this Film, you should… Fun, and Cool
He then slam dunked my point in 1991, in “Robin Hood:Prince Of Thieves”, where lets face it… He was Brilliant, and Hilarious.
In this case, it was Rickman, in my opinion, that actually saves this Film… Because though I like Kevin Costner in many films, between his very American Accent, Terrible Hair, and Lack Luster Performance in this Film, not even Morgan Freeman (Who was great in this Film) could save him, or this Film alone…
Rickman stole the show.
But I knew then, as I knew when I saw Quigley, that there was something very special about Rickman… Something much, much more than a Villain
In 1995, Alan Rickman’s Colonel Brandon was the Definitive Gentlemen… Kind… Gentle… Heroic… Humble
He was incredible in this Role… It’s probably the role I think of most when I think of Alan Rickman
He showed what ‘True Love” was in this film… When you love someone, and they don’t love you back… You keep on loving them anyway, without bitterness, or breach of character
Then for me, came “Galaxy Quest” (1999), where he was hilarious
Then in 2001 came the role that he’s perhaps most globally known for…
Severus Snape, in “Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone”
Where his dipiction of the Villain like character, lured you deeply into what would be a World Wide Phenomenon of Films
Once again, though he was surrounded by tons of Great Actors in these Flms, it is my truest opinion that not only was he the Greatest part of these Films, but they just wouldn’t have been as good without him… No way.
Then in 2003, where he played an emotionally checked out husband in “Love Actually”
And in 2010’s “Alice In Wonderland”, where he was the voice of the caterpillar
But one of the oddest, and Greatest Feats of Acting I had been introduced to of him was in a Samual Beckett Play caught on Film
Obviously, the guy could act…
But for me, He was one of the Most Amazing Humans I’ve ever come across on Film… So much Feeling… So Richly alluring
I was Captivated when he spoke
And I will truly miss his Acting Creations
But I shall always watch them keeping him alive within me
Thanks For Reading/Listening