I am writing this article with a genuine sense of shock as yet another great artist of our time has passed on. As of the 14th of January 2016, Alan Rickman will no longer be with us. He was a great British actor and he was someone who is truly British with ancestry all across the British Isles. His type of talent will not be seen any time soon. As an actor of stage and screen, a winner of the Golden Globe, an Emmy, Satellite Awards, Screen Actor’s Guild Award and apparently one half of the perfect male voice, Alan Rickman has really become ingrained in popular culture. You probably knew him as the world’s most stylish terrorist in Die Hard or as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin hood or maybe it’s for a certain role in Harry Potter but no matter what Alan Rickman is someone you will have heard of.
I know he had a lot of fans out there so if you’re looking to honour his memory like any fan would then may I suggest going home and sticking on one of his movies and putting your feet up and enjoy (I am totally sticking on Galaxy Quest). If you want to go that extra mile you can donate to Saving Faces, a charity that he actively supported throughout his life.
His final job was taping a voiceover for a short film called This Tortoise Could Save a Life, in aid of Save the Children and Refugee Council. Released in mid December 2015, the film’s audio was recorded at Rickman’s home in London at the end of November.
I would like to finish off with a quote but I really couldn’t pick between these two:
The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy?
I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.
Alan Rickman may be gone but he will not be forgotten.