My first memory of actor Alan Rickman is in the Bruce Willis movie Die Hard. He played the evil villain Hans Gruber.
His voice and unique intonation made a lasting impression.
While I have loved Alan’s performances in romantic roles in Truly Madly Deeply and Sense and Sensibility -- and his wonderful comedic turn in GalaxyQuest — I think Alan is at his best playing the villain.
Or, at the very least, having all the surface qualities of one.
But as any Harry Potter fan knows, his character Severus Snape — who appeared to be a very bad guy for a majority of the series — turns out to be okay. (Hope I’m not ruining anything for you non-readers…but seriously, if you don’t know by now, that’s just sad.)
And it’s no surprise that Alan himself is a pretty stand-up guy as well. He wrote a heartfelt thank you note to JK Rowling in a recent issue of Empire magazine.
I think there’s an entire Harry Potter nation that couldn’t agree more.