Sunday, January 24, 2016

Blogger: Saying Goodbye to Alan Rickman

I wanted to take some time before writing this, because it didn't seem right to make Bowie's death seem less important because of a tragedy that followed just days later. I did, however, wanted to talk about him as well, as I feel I should pay tribute to one of the best actors of the 20 and 21st century, Alan Rickman.

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."

For a lot of people he is none other than Professor Snape, essentually, he embodied that character and everyone loved him, no matter their opinion of the movies vs. the books. But not me, for me he is Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility: the charming blonde who loved Marianne Dashwood and waited for her. His love was something that always inspired me and I thought he was a great addition to the cast of one of my favorite movies of all time.

"I don't play villains, I play very interesting people."

Despite his wonderful voice that made him one of the most unique actors in Britain and Hollywood combined, he did have several other roles that I don't believe could have ever been played by anyone else. Those include my favorite Alexander Dane from Galaxy Quest, Marvin from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the evil and twisted Judge Turpin from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, everyone's favorite Hans Gruber from Die Hard, not to mention Metatron from Dogma and the one I have a love and hate relationship with, Harry from Love Actually.
I chose these characters because they are all so different and it just goes to show what a wonderful actor he was. And as sad as I am, and I really am, I am also very happy that he, at the age of 29 decided to become an actor and that we have all of these movies that we can at any time get from the shelf and pop it into the DVD player and he'll be here with us. It's a horrible loss, but we need to look at the good side of it, whatever small that may be.

"I love America because whenever I go home -- there's something about England and coming from England -- but as soon as you walk down the steps of the plane you shrink. And you have to start saying 'sorry' and being polite and curtsying and things like that... America just lets me be the klutz I really am."

We will all miss you Mr Rickman, be assured. You have been one of those actors to whom we should all look up to and as a person, someone we should inspire to be. I am terribly sorry that he had to leave us, and no matter what others say, it was too soon. I'd like to say f*ck cancer, truly, truly, all of these great people are being taken from us for something that I am fairly certain could've long been cured by now.

We'll await the movies you still worked on with a lot of anticipation and promise that you'll never be forgotten, Professor, never.

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