Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing and will be missed by not only by his close loved ones, but by every single movie fan – ever.
Die Hard, Dogma, Harry Potter, Robin Hood, Galaxy Quest, the list goes on and on. Alan Rickman was an incredible performer with an iconic voice that will forever be instantly recognizable. Many people will fondly recall Rickman’s performance as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard as being their first glorious memory of the actor, but mine was actually his villainous portrayal of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Guy was the definition of evil for me since I saw that movie when I was six years old.
As I grew older it was his crotchless voice of god angelic performance in Kevin Smith’s Dogma that I adored. But my very favorite scene that Rickman has ever done is in the highly underrated Sweeney Todd when he confronts that kid about gandering at his ward. That scene is amazing – 100% Rickman poetic line delivery genius. I will miss this actor so much – he was one of the greatest.
Check out director Kevin Smith’s comments on the passing of Rickman today:
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…
Source: Kevin Smith Facebook