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RIP Alan Rickman

Today, the world lost Alan Rickman, one of the finest actors of  his generation.

Over the years, he played a variety of roles.

I would like to talk about three of my favorite Alan Rickman roles.

The first, is the most obvious. Professor Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

With his dark hair, dark cloak and slightly fear inspiring persona, Professor Snape appeared to be the standard villain.

But he was much more than that. His loyalty and love for Harry’s mother (and to Harry, by virtue of being her son) was so strong, that he tried to forget the angst that Harry’s father forced onto  him during their younger days and protect Harry.

The second role I am going to talk about is Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

Alexander Dane is a classically trained actor who has been type cast because of one science fiction role in one television program. His career, like most of his fellow actors, stuck in that one character. Rickman’s droll and disbelief is absolutely perfect.

The third and final role is my absolute favorite Alan Rickman role. If you know me, this is an obvious one. Colonel Brandon in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility.

To a woman of my age, a guy like Colonel Brandon is a catch. Steady, amiable, treats those around with respect, has a large income, but does not flaunt it, etc. But to a teenage girl like Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), he is not the first choice of husband.

Sometimes we need a little prodding from fate to see what has been in front of us all along.

While his onscreen reunion with Winslet in last year’s A Little Chaos was not the greatest film, it was wonderful to see them on-screen together after 20 years.

RIP, sir. You will be missed by many.

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Throwback Thursday – Galaxy Quest (1999)

In the early 1980’s, Galaxy Quest was one of the most popular shows on television. Nearly twenty years later, the cast is stuck reuniting at sci-fi conventions to pay the bills.

Believing the show to be fact and not fiction, an alien race in danger of extinction reaches out to the Captain Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen). Jason brings his skeptical crew, Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver) whose only job is to repeat what the computer has stated, Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) a trained Shakespearean actor who plays the resident doctor/alien and Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) the ship’s engineer onto the alien ship. With the help of uber fan Brandon (Justin Long), can the cast of Galaxy Quest help this alien race survive?

This movie is incredibly funny. What I love about this movie is that it makes fun of the entire science fiction genre and it’s fan base without malice.  The running joke of the movie is that the actors are unable to move on in their careers, constantly being typecast to a character they played decades ago.   It is one of those movies that will always make me laugh.

I recommend this movie.

 

 

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