I was in work when the news of Alan Rickman's passing found its way to me. I didn't believe it, didn't want to. Alan Rickman was a man who I followed throughout my life. He was in many films I adored. He was an advocate for many modern issues and a man I admired when I was first properly introduced to him as Professor Snape and a man I matured with throughout the years. I fell in love with films that I normally would not because of Alan Rickman. His last film comes out this year "Alice Through the Looking Glass", and I fear I won't enjoy it as much knowing it is the last time I will hear his distinctive voice on screen.
To honour him, I feel I want to share the films I fell in love with mainly because of him, I still love these films today and now they hold a special place in my heart because of this man, a man who influenced me greatly.
My introduction to Alan Rickman, like many was as Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" movie series. As a fan of the books I could not believe how fitting he was for the role. HE WAS PROFESSOR SNAPE. It was like he was born to bring the character to life and he succeeded. It was then I began to admire the talent that he possessed and began to admire him as I fell in love with more of his films.
Tim Burton's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland" was one of Alan Rickman's most recent roles. It was also one of the few in which he only lent his voice. In this adaption, while the are many differences to the Lewis Carroll version, Alan Rickman plays the Caterpillar, a character who does appear in the books. As a huge fan of the books and their characters, Alan Rickman being a part of this adaption was a huge bonus of me. Hearing his booming voice echo through the theatre was one of my favourite parts within this film. Alan Rickman seems to fit into each role he does perfectly and he brought a different life to the Caterpillar in this adaption. I look forward to seeing him bring this character to life once more in his last film which is the sequel "Alice Through the Looking Glass" which is released later this year.
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Fleet Street" was a role which was quite different for Alan Rickman and one many people may forget he is a part of. Rickman is not a stranger to roles in which he plays a character which is not the most popular, and the role of Judge Turpin is no exception. A hated character to say the least, Alan Rickman showed a side not many fans have seen, a side in which he sings. Judge Turpin is a character that many seem to love to hate, me included. What made me love this character is that fact Alan Rickman sings... even if his character seems to be a bit of a creep.
Now onto one of my favourite romantic comedies. "Love Actually" is also the only film with Alan Rickman, in which I hate his character. The character of Harry is someone that you can not have any love for. I hate this character. I mean the character is sleazy, selfish, has no regard for his wife. The only thing this character has going for him is that fact that Alan Rickman plays him and I can't hate him. "Love Actually" may be one of Alan Rickman's underrated roles, I can appreciate his acting within the film and it showcases the type of actor the Alan Rickman was.
Perhaps my favourite villain that Alan Rickman plays. I remember watching this with my mum at one point and I remember his character, a man who is cruel and one of Rickman's characters that I feared. Alan Rickman perfectly embodies the violent,brutal character to the point that it may not be his most known role but it may have be one of his best roles. Playing the Sheriff of Nottingham is a role which I'm sure the Alan Rickman knew how unpopular the character and used that to his advantage. I loved to hate this Rickman character simply because how much of an evil person he was and how it seemed Rickman enjoyed playing this character.
The world will not be the same without Alan Rickman. One of my favourite actors and someone who I have admired since I was a kid. He was a man who inspired me through a number of things, has starred in a lot of movies which I love and someone I will miss quite a lot in the movie world. I look forward to seeing his last film just to hear his voice a final time.