Friday, January 15, 2016

After all this time?

British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 69.
His sonorous, languid voice was his calling card - making even throwaway lines of dialogue sound thought-out and authoritative. Alan Rickman Obituary

It's silly to miss someone you don't know, but silly or not, I will miss him. 
He was in a relationship with Rima Horton since 1965. For 20 years she was a Labour Party councillor and is an economics lecturer at Kingston University.

"I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. [Rima's] tolerant. She's incredibly tolerant. Unbelievably tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood." - Alan Rickman 
"Alan Rickman was so good, I was freaked and I kept having to remind myself that it was only a film . . . but it was terrifying." - Daniel Radcliffe (after finishing the first Harry Potter film)

"Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man." - Daniel Radcliffe

"I was just doodling with my quill in a book. I drew this rather unpretty picture of Alan Rickman and as I was drawing it Alan Rickman was standing right behind me and I was so scared. I'm not going into detail, but he was really cool about it." - Rupert Grint

"I've made him sign it and I have it in my possession. I'm very fond of it." - Alan Rickman
“There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.” - JK Rowling

"Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility." - Alan Rickman
"What's interesting about the process of acting is how often you don't know what you're doing." - Alan Rickman
“People said he wasn’t sexy enough, heterosexual directors in the theatre didn’t think he was attractive to women – just about the greatest miscalculation in showbiz history!” - Stephen Poliakoff, a friend since 1999
I could never have afternoon tea without Alan Rickman. This is probably why Americans don't have afternoon tea. Lack of Alan Rickman.

“I’m nearly 40 and nobody here knows who I am.” - Alan Rickman

At 42, Rickman made his big movie appearance opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988). 
Hans Gruber: "This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly."
John McClane: "That was Gary Cooper." 
During his death scene, he dropped 20 feet onto an airbag. Director John McTiernan had to jump first to convince Rickman to do it.   
To get a genuine surprised look, the stuntman dropped him on the count of two instead of three.
"My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater. I'm some kind of accident." - Alan Rickman 
"If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine." - Alan Rickman 
I don't know what I did to deserve a friend like Alan. He looked out for me for twenty years and I loved him. . . .
When my friend Donny wrote a play that he wanted me to be in, I sent it to Alan, hoping for some advice on where we might get it put on. He received it when he was stepping on a plane.
When he landed he emailed me back, having read the whole thing and loved it. Two days later we received a printed copy of the play with mountains of suggested edits, cuts and thoughts scrawled across it in his handwriting, and a two page letter with praise for Donny and advice on who to take it to."

Sean Biggerstaff (a young actor from the first Harry Potter movie)
"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." - Alan Rickman
“Tell a person that you’re the Metatron and they stare at you blankly. Mention something out of a Charlton Heston movie and suddenly everybody is a theology scholar.” - Metatron, Dogma
"I have a love-hate relationship with white silk." - Alan Rickman 
"When he played Rasputin, I was the Tzar Nicholas. . . . 
On that film, he discovered that the local Russian crew was getting an even worse lunch than the rest of us. So he successfully protested. 

On my first day before the camera, he didn't like the patronizing, bullying tone of a note which the director gave me. Alan, seeing I was a little crestfallen, delivered a quiet, concise resume of my career and loudly demanded that the director up his game. . . .  
I so wish he'd played King Lear and a few other classical challenges but that's to be greedy. He leaves a multitude of fans and friends, grateful and bereft." - Sir Ian McKellen
“That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.” - Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood
"I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks." - Alan Rickman 
"I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead and he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go." - Eddie Izzard
"Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we're in deep trouble." - Alan Rickman

"Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over. " - Alan Rickman
"I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic." - Alan Rickman
"He offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. . . .
He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him." - Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
"I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."- Alan Rickman 
"A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world." - Alan Rickman 
"He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again." - Emma Thompson
"It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising." - Alan Rickman 
Raise your wands in honour of a brilliantly talented man the world was blessed to have known. (@HarryPotterings)

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