It may not be Disney but we’re sure we can be forgiven for this post. As a long standing fan of Alan Rickman, I was utterly devestated to hear of his passing today. I’ve loved him since his turn as Colonel Brandon in Sense & Sensibility (I’m a huge Jane Austen fan). He was also excellent in Die Hard, Dogma, An Awfully Big Adventure and Love Actually (to name a select few favourites). But of course, for the majority of people these days Alan Rickman is and will forever be, Professor Severus Snape, one of the true unsung heroes of the Harry Potter universe.
THIS comprehensive article from The Guardian is a great read. But we love what Kevin Smith had to say today about Alan:
“One of my favorite people who ever lived has died. The legendary #AlanRickman played Metatron, the Voice of God, in my 4th film #Dogma. Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time. In this pic, he holds the Ken doll his Dogma character’s lack of genitalia was modeled after. I’ll never forget his incredible dulcet tones guffawing at the rubber crotch makeup he was wearing: one of the greatest actors who ever lived, tickled by a cinematic lack of a dick. I loved Hans Gruber the minute I saw #DieHard but I fell in love with the soft-spoken gentle soul who brought Gruber to life. Thank you for lending a hack like me your artistry and your credibility, Alan. You were never Snape to me as much as you were the adult Harry Potter himself: a bonafide wizard who could conjure absolute magic using merely words. He was a HUGE cauldron of win, this man. I’ll miss him forever. Rest in Peace, Voice of God. Back to Heaven, where you came from…..”
Sadly, Alan didn’t make it to 80. But we love this quote anyway. Rest in peace Alan, you are much loved and will be so missed.