Adieu Alan Rickman. As well as his more famous roles let us not forget his fabulously odious Obadiah Slope in the TV Barchester, and his noble Colonel Brandon in the film Sense and Sensibility. The curl of Slope’s lip on its own made me squirm – it could convey insincerity, smarminess, contempt …. Contrast it with the Colonel’s concern for the ill Marianne and his anxiety to be of use – “Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad”, he pleads.
Tanya van Hasselt said:
The expression on Alan Rickman’s face when as Colonel Brandon he first sees Marianne singing at the piano is one of the best moments ever. I think I’ll have to watch Sense and Sensibility for the umpteenth time tonight…
Just watched this again – Indeed! Just one facial expression, conveying such a lot. And he looks pretty good in a red coat at the end.
There goes another dream – of writing something good enough to provide a part for Alan Rickman…
Alan Rickman was enough to make me go see anything. I could never believe that Maid Marian turned him down in favour of Kevin Costner in the otherwise awful Robin Hood. I mean, how can that even be a choice? But the film I most enjoyed him in was ‘Galaxy Quest’, which he played for comedy with a prosthetic forehead as a Shakespearian actor doomed by the success of his alien character in a money-spinning TV series. He was hilarious.
From all accounts he was a wonderful man in private life. Oh, what a loss.