“If you want to know who I am, it is all in the work.”
“I don’t play villains, I play very interesting people.” (Alan Rickman)
British actor Alan Rickman sadly passed away on 14 January 2016. My first introduction to him was through Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), which I watched at a young age on VHS. Rickman was the perfect villain there, impersonating Sheriff George of Nottingham with such passion, zeal and enthusiasm, he becomes a truly feared man there, and I do not think that impersonation would ever leave me, so powerful it was. Then, of course, we also have Rickman’s “great villains” in Die Hard (1988) and Quigley Down Under (1990). I have always admired people playing villains. Unlike action-heroes or “goodies”, villains in films are people whom no one likes, but they are very important because without them, there will not be any praises for glorious heroes. It also takes real acting skill to play a villain, and Alan Rickman could do so not just superbly and convincingly, but with that originality in his presentation that would be simply enviable.