14 January 2016

Updated: Alan Rickman has died aged 69

I'm sad and shocked to hear the news that Alan Rickman, Daniel's co-star known for his role as Severus Snape in Harry Potter​, has died today at the age of 69. A family statement (via the BBC) said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends." R.I.P. Alan Rickman.

Daniel was among the first to pay tribute (read the tweets from J.K. Rowling: part 1 | part 2) with the following statement on his official Google+ page:
Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day".

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
Update: The photo I added below is also shared on Daniel's Google+ with the following message from Daniel:

I like this photo. It was taken, if I'm not mistaken, while rehearsing a scene where Alan clipped me and Rupert round the back of a head with a book. We all, apparently, found this hard to do without laughing.
- Dan
And then there is also a cartoon from The New Yorker.

source: bbc.com
picture source: Warner Bros

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