Remembering Rickman

This has been a rough week.

We lost Snape this week. My generation did. But I also lost Marvin in Hitchhiker’s Guide, Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply. We lost Metatron in Dogma, Alexander in Galaxy Quest, and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd.

I adored Rickman from the first time I saw him in Galaxy Quest, his voice, the accent and then when he became Snape I knew I would follow and adore his career my whole life. He was an amazing actor, a game-changer, truly amazing. He embodied every iota of the character he played in movement and voice and every detail. I never saw Rickman, I saw Snape, I saw Judge Turpin, I saw Jamie.

Rickman had another influence on my love for acting in high school and my adult years, he showed the craft in the brilliant light that sometimes is lost in our modern times as we drift further from theater to screen. He truly knew his craft. It wasn’t “playing” it was being another person. It was some level of magic. Truly.

Alan-Rickman

Daniel Radcliffe posted a touching memorial for the late actor.

Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. 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.

We will miss you Alan Rickman. Truly Madly and oh so Deeply miss you.

~Rebecca Lee Robinson

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