Friday, July 15, 2011

Favourite Things Friday: Alan Rickman

I am the character you are not supposed to like. –Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman is my favorite movie baddie. Somehow, he plays the despicable character in such a way that you are secretly falling in love with him a little while you detest him at the same time. Let me count the ways.

Hans Grüber — Die Hard

Elliott Marston — Quigley Down Under

Sheriff of Nottingham — Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Best cheesy villain line ever: I'll cut your heart out with a spoon!

Judge Turpin — Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Those are all marvelous portrayals of evil personified, something Alan does well. And so it was surprising to see him as the tender and kind Colonel Christopher Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, yet it was another wonderful performance.


But I think that my favorite Alan Rickman role is that of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. Severus Snape is, in and of himself, a character you love to hate and that is what Alan Rickman does best.


Thank you, Alan Rickman, for making the world a little bit better badder.

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13 comments:

P. said...

Yes, YeS, YES! I love AR! He could read me the phone book and I'd be thrilled just to hear him speak. Have you seen Truly, Madly, Deeply? Or how about him in a more funny role like in Galaxy Quest? Great FTF post!

Nanci said...

He's been in a few movies that he was a goodie, but bad is so much better for him. Great charater actor for sure...one of the best!

Shay said...

He is an amazingly versatile actor. I fell in love with him in Sense and Sensibility (which I watched again recently). And yes- even when he's being bad you still kind of like him. I do think the HP series are his best roles.

I completely concur with this Favourite - brilliant choice E!

Marg said...

Ah yes and in Galaxy Quest I remember him well, He is a brilliant character actor, and wonderful in the HP series.
My favourite actor is still George Clooney, not necessarily for his acting, lol.

Amanda said...

Must say I am a bit partial to Alan, especially with facial hair.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh I am so with you there...love Alan Rickman...my fav is "Madly Truly, Deeply' Thanks for reminding me how yummy he is.

thea said...

He is amazing, isn't he! Great fav!

Anonymous said...

He has been one of my favorites for years! -Becky

Love Of Quilts said...

I had not a clue who he was althought I am sure I have seen him play in something .I just don't watch that many movies of today. Trish

Michelle said...

Isn't interesting how some actors almost always play "baddies" and do it so well?

JazznJenna said...

They could not have chosen a better actor for Snape. I also loved him in Sense and Sensibility, and Robin Hood. What a great choice for your post--he's very worth the spotlight.

Sarah Craig said...

Such a great actor! Obviously Snape leads the pack with the new HP coming out this weekend, but I really loved him as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood - and that is the absolute best line in movie history, I think!

Angie said...

"it's dull...it'll hurt more your twit". ;)