Tragedy strikes and misery abounds! Another great talent has been lost to the scourge that is cancer. Londinium native and thespian extraordinaire Alan Rickman is gone from our world, but not our hearts.
It is with fond memories we recall his outstanding performances as the scenery-chewing buffoon of a villain, the Sheriff of Nottingham, or the charismatic dandy with a knack for international terrorism, Hans Gruber. Whether the man was gleefully swinging his sword through Kevin Costner’s golden strands or ordering a bewildered Karl to shoot the glass in both German and English, Alan Rickman’s roles were always the ones to remember. He’s been a consistent favourite amongst fans and critics alike, being showered with multiple Tony nominations, BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
Periodical dramas like Michael Collins and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility aside, our favourite moments of Alan Rickman have to be his comedic achievements. Who can forget his spot-on performance of a Shakespearian actor forever being stuck in typecast limbo as the alien Dr. Lazarus in the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest? After the insanely popular tv show got itself cancelled, the cast is barely scraping by in the form of Comic Con appearances and fifth tier commercials. It is with both laugh-out-loud belly ache and a genuine sense of sadness and despair that we witness Alan Rickman’s character, who would be the Galaxy Quest equivalent of Mr. Spock, utter his infamous signature phrase at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at a local supermarket (gently nudged into character by resident game-for-anything-girl, Sigourney Weaver).
“By Grabthar’s Hammer… What a savings!”
How someone can pack so much tragedy, rage, feeling of social injustice and disgust towards the establishment into that single line still baffles us to no end.
The world is deprived of another legend, an icon of Men. But we’re comforted by the fact that Mr. Rickman is probably looking down on us from above (as he always seemed to do), chuckling away in that peculiar manner that only he possessed.
Rest in Peace, Good Sir.