Celebrities in Classics is a regular feature where I highlight the classic novel adaptations my favourite actors have starred in.
WHO IS IT? I was sad to hear the news that English actor, Alan Rickman, had recently died. With a long career that began in theatre and then moved to television and movies, Alan first caught the attention of North American audiences as the dastardly Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He’s won countless awards, including the Tony Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe and even the MTV Movie Award.
WHAT’S SO FASCINATING? That voice. Alan Rickman’s voice is deep and rich, and can either cut you to shreds or lull you gently to sleep. Also, he was a dynamic actor.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: Yippe ki-yay, it’s Die Hard! The zingers in this movie are themselves to die for ha ha …
Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman): This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.
John McClane (Bruce Willis): That was Gary Cooper, asshole.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: I never realized how many of Alan Rickman’s movies I love until I saw his filmography: Die Hard, Robin Hood, Galaxy Quest … Most people probably have a soft spot for Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series, but for it me it will always be the reserved, lovesick Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
1978 ~ Romeo and Juliet ~ Tybalt
1980 ~ Thérèse Raquin ~ Vidal
1982 ~ The Barchester Chronicles ~ The Revd Obadiah Slope
1991 ~ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ~ Sheriff of Nottingham
1995 ~ Sense and Sensibility ~ Colonel Brandon
2001 ~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone ~ Severus Snape
2002 ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ~ Severus Snape
2004 ~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ~ Severus Snape
2005 ~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ~ Severus Snape
2005 ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ~ Marvin the Paranoid Android (voice)
2006 ~ Perfume: The Story of a Murderer ~ Antoine Richis
2007 ~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ~ Severus Snape
2009 ~ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ~ Severus Snape
2010 ~ Alice in Wonderland ~ Absolem the Caterpillar (voice)
2010 ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 ~ Severus Snape
2011 ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ~ Severus Snape
2016 ~ Alice Through the Looking Glass ~ Absolem the Caterpillar (voice)
To see Alan’s full filmography, visit Wikipedia.
FUN FACT: Alan Rickman was Richard Curtis’ choice to play Charles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (!) and the role eventually went to Hugh Grant.
CANADIAN FUN FACT: Alan Rickman was good friends with Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s former Governor General and considered Canada a second home.
GREAT QUOTE: “I like it when stories are left open.”
What’s your favourite Alan Rickman movie?