Not yet satisfied, 2016 dealt us another huge blow yesterday with the sad passing of actor Alan Rickman.
This year has already left music, film, and theatre fans reeling, additionally so with the late December passing of Motörhead’s frontman Lemmy, and has left many worrying who might be next.
While Alan Rickman will probably be best remembered in his role as Hogwarts’ Professor Snape, his film, and theatre, legacy reaches far beyond that, and there’s probably a lot of movies you never even realised he was in. To me, he will always be the notorious and hilarious Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Last night, however, it was the Dogma movie that found its way into my DVD player.
I looked up his entry on IMDB, and the trivia section there was quite interesting. He often turned down, no doubt higher paying, film roles to return to his “first love” of theatre.
And while the studio wanted Tim Roth as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman was always J K Rowling’s preference, in fact, she originally wrote the character with him in mind. And during the filiming of the franchise, she kept slipping him exclusive character titbits from the future books to help inform his portrayal of the character.
I really do feel his loss; an actor who could put so much hilarity into the portrayal of a villain without losing any of the villainous edge. The world is a lesser place without him.