Unfortunately, yesterday, we lost one of Britain’s icons in Theatre and Film. Alan Rickman was an amazing actor, on stage and film, using his art to change the world. Alan Rickman trained at RADA and worked at the RSC, where is career took off. His work there, giving him a stereotype of a classically trained Shakespearean British actor. Before his cinematic career took off, some of his most famous roles of Hans Gruber (Die Hard) – where he has been considered to have redefined Action films, and Professor Snape (Harry Potter) – where in the last film he gave an absolutely amazing performance, embodying one of J.K Rowling’s most memorable characters. He has spent a huge time directing, in films and Theatre. In 2005 he produced and directed My Name is Rachel Corrie a political play looking at a corrupt political infrastructure in Israel, and how the underdogs often get beaten and beaten. His repertoire is endless, and the words from the people who knew him and worked with him are nothing but words of love and kindness. Describing him as loyal and kind and an actor above all.

Emma Thompson wrote in a statement “Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”

“If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust”

He was, for me, the embodiment of an actor that I aspire to be; Supportive of his fellow actors in such a harsh business; loyal to the people he had worked with; Kind; Intelligent; Ridiculously talented; Politically active. He gave everything he had to Theatre and Film. His life, his commitment, his love. And he used his talents to try and change the world into a better one.

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”

 

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