By Divya Putty
Famously known as the sneery Professor Snape in the “Harry Potter” film series, Alan Rickman had a successful 40 years in the film industry and on stage,during which he earned prestigious awards such as a Golden Globe, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award, and an Emmy along with a Tony nomination. When Rickman passed away on January 14, actors, fans, and friends alike were devastated to lose such a wonderful person and actor, but they still remember his incredible career in reverence. Several people who worked with him including Ian McKellan, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson commented on the loss of a friend and role model.
“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,” Radcliffe told the Inquisitor.
Some of Rickman’s memorable film roles include the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” and Rasputin in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.” One of his key stage roles was Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”
“Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”
When Robin (Kevin Costner) and his companion, Azeem (Morgan Freeman) return to England to see his father killed by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Rickman), they work to save the kingdom from the Sheriff and eventually kill him. Winning a BAFTA for his role, Rickman entertains the audience with his witty one-liners and eye-rolls directed at Robin Hood, adding a hint of humor to the story which viewers enjoyed as opposed to simple and uninteresting aggression normally paired with villainous characters.
“Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”
In Imperial Russia, Czar Nicholas II (Ian McKellan) and his wife invite a monk, Rasputin (Rickman) to their court in hopes that he can heal their sick son.However, Rasputin’s evil behavior and selfish motives could very well corrupt the royal family. Rickman won a Golden Globe and Emmy for his role as Rasputin. With his distinguishable villainy voice, Rickman delivered Rasputin’s malicious character with originality and conviction.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
The plot of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” focuses on the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont. As rivals, they pretend to help a married woman and a young girl, who has fallen in love with her music teacher, all to use them for personal gain and amusement. Rickman’s sly and sleek portrayal of Vicomte de Valmonte was unmatched in as he effectively showed that his character knew what he wanted and knows exactly how to get it.
Over four decades, Rickman has been known to play villainous roles, but perhaps his success in those roles depends on his view of them being “interesting rather than evil.”