I tend to try and not post stuff about people dying, as it’s kind of depressing, and there are places like BBC News that cover that sort of thing very well. However, when someone like Alan Rickman dies, and you start to realise how many of your favourite movies he’s popped up in, I felt it was necessary to mark his passing with something. To that end, I put together the Alan Rickman desktop graphic above, which you can download from here.
I took my 4 favourite Alan Rickman roles, and the most memorable quotes I could think of, and put them together.
The first is of course, Hans Gruber from Die Hard. Although Alan had appeared in numerous tv, film and stage roles, it was this 1998 casting which really put him on the movie map. Starring as the films main villain, Hans was an East German terrorist who gives cop John Mcclane (Bruce Willis) the first of many bad days when he threatens to blow up Nakatomi Plaza, whilst John, his wife and various other people are still inside.
Second image is from 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, where Alan played the Sheriff of Nottingham in full scenery chewing form. Wonderfully over the over the top, and has the best lines in the movie. It was hard to pick one, but I eventually went with the classic “I’ll cut your heart out with a spoon”. There was also “Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas” and of course, “You. My room. 10:30 tonight… You. 10:45… And bring a friend.”
Third image comes from the brilliant Galaxy Quest, where Alan plays the cantankerous Alexander Dane, the actor who plays Dr. Lazarus of Tev’Meck on the fictional show Galaxy Quest. Cantankerous mainly due to the fact he’s forced to wear ridiculous prosthetics for public appearances, and spout his well know catchphrase…
And finally, Snape from Harry Potter. Really there’s not much else that needs to be said here…
Alan Rickman. A fabulous actor and a sad loss to the world. RIP.