I did not realise it until very recently, but Alan Rickman has become one of my favourite actors. I do not actively hunt down his movies (although I am starting to think that I should), but it is now clear to me that he has a sort of midas touch - any part that he takes becomes something utterly wonderful.
It started a couple of weeks ago, when I started reading this book.
It rewrites the original story, with the addition of terrible sea monsters, and a strange mutation for one of the characters.
The day after I bought this book, the movie version of Sense and Sensibility was shown on the TV, so I watched it to revive my memory of the story and allow me to fully appreciate the new version. The casting was amazing - Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and, the cream on the pudding - Alan Rickman as the Colonel (the deformed one on the book cover).
The film was wonderful, and by the end I was praying that the Colonel (Alan Rickman) would find happiness. He played the part amazingly and it would take a very cold heart not to be moved my his performance.
Then I started to think about what a versatile actor this guy is. He is, of course, in the Harry Potter movies but think back to his part as the ultimate bad guy in Die Hard:
So wonderful, you were almost sad to see him die at the end!
Or his hilarious performance in Galaxy Quest:
If you haven't seen this one, you really must, it is an all time favourite of mine.
So there you have it - my tribute to a great actor who deserves more credit than he seems to get.
Who do you think gets overlooked?