Sunday, January 17, 2016

RIP ALAN RICKMAN

A HERO WHO PLAYED A VILLAIN

Temecula, CA – 2016 isn't starting out with a bang, but a thud. People, famous and those close to them, are dropping like flies, mostly due to cancer. Jimmy Carter is hanging in there, maybe someone sent him this. Meanwhile out of the [so-called] black market comes this news. From the people who brought you the climate talks you have this report. Having written a magical book explaining why this is occurring, my motivation to expose the truth was having my mother succumb. Everything is going according to Hoyle for the cancer industry. This year's cancer races should be jam packed, no matter the venue or city council.


The movies are different. The villains are heroes sometimes and vice-versa. One actor who showed generosity towards others was a British man who met his sweetie in 1965 and stayed with her until his death this month, from cancer. He played many roles, and quite a few as a villain, the type you remembered. He first burst on the screen in the movie that made Bruce Willis a star beyond TV, Die Hard. Alan Rickman played Hans Gruber, the 'terrorist mastermind' that seemed a move ahead of almost everyone, especially the FBI who are played to devastating comic relief, until his last misstep.

Over the years Alan Rickman played well thought-out and intelligent characters, giving the parts both the look and the voice a classical style. Presented here in addition to Die Hard and the Harry Potter series are some just some of the other roles Rickman stood out in and sometimes stole the show with, like Kevin Costner's Robin Hood. R.I.P. Alan Rickman, you were the villain we all loved to hate in that classical style, and a man who was a classic person.

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

The British actor is almost unrecognizable as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who calls upon the assistance of Forest Whitaker's titular White House employee.

Love Actually (2003)

Rickman is horribly believable as the straying husband who breaks the heart of his wife, played by Emma Thompson. At Christmas!

The Harry Potter Film Series (2001 - 2011)

Leave it to Rickman to make fans fall in love with a seemingly villainous character. The actor first brought Severus Snape to the big screen in 2001, with the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. He continued his turn as the complicated Hogwarts professor in the following seven movies, slowly revealing the depth and true intentions of the man who Harry Potter once saw as his greatest enemy.

Galaxy Quest (1999)

"How did I come to this? I played Richard III. There were five curtain calls!" Rickman's thespian heft, combined with his comic abilities, made him perfect for the role of a serious theater actor-turned-sci-fi TV show has-been.

Dogma (1999)

Rickman is a nicely tetchy Metatron (AKA the Voice of God) in Kevin Smith's controversial religious comedy, which was picketed here in Murrieta.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

"That's it, then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!" The actor steals this action-romp from under the nose of Kevin Costner as a deliciously dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham.

Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)

Rickman's recently deceased cellist returns in ghostly form to help his girlfriend, played by Juliet Stevenson, get over his death in Anthony Minghella's supernatural romance.

Die Hard (1988)

Incredibly, John McTiernan's action classic was the first ever big-screen role for Rickman, who was 41 at the time of the movie's release. But better late than never: the actor is note-perfect as the suavely sinister criminal mastermind Hans Gruber repeatedly thwarted by Bruce Willis' L.A.-visiting New York cop.

Alan Rickman has two films still to debut; the voice of the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Lieutenant General Frank Benson in Eye in the Sky (2015).

Tonight after football you can catch the tribute to him and David Bowie both on, where else, The Simpsons.


And the year is just getting started, but so are we activists.

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