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Friday, 15 January 2016

Argh, Snape too??


Aw man, I think these two will forever be linked. Five days after one of the world's greatest artists - David Bowie - died of cancer at 69, one of the world's best actors - Alan Rickman - goes and does the exact same thing, at the same age.

Alan Rickman was underrated. But I don't say that in lament - I think as an actor, being underrated is a wonderful thing.

Think of the biggest names in Hollywood. Chris Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johansson... When you go and see a movie starring any of those people you think of it as a "Bruce Willis" movie or a "Meryl Streep" movie. As brilliant as those actors are, it makes their job a lot harder to do. It's hard to watch the as their character and not just think "Hugh Jackman is beating up those bad guys".

Rickman is different. When I watch him, I only see Hans Gruber or Professor Snape. He's a true actor in the most British, thespian sense of the word. The way he creates a character is so complete, it impresses me no end.

The fact that he's left us in the same week and at the same age as one of the other great artists is cause for sorrow. And as a friend of mine pointed out, have you ever noticed what the zodiac sign is for Cancer?

#Conspiracy

23 comments:

  1. For some reason deaths seem to come in groups.
    Think Princess Dianna and Mother Teresa...

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    1. Really? I thought Mother Teresa was a lot earlier.

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  2. Michael, you expressed the quality of his acting perfectly. Mr. Rickman actually acted, rather than playing himself over and over and over ad nauseum.

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    1. It's refreshing to see someone who can create someone completely new.

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  3. Was he underrated? I always thought of him as perfectly rated as a genius actor. His voice and ability to embody a character were simply unforgettable. Cancer is an a-hole. Two geniuses in one week? We lose two geniuses and the best we've had for cancer for the last 30 years is chemotherapy? Magic Johnson can beat HIV but we got nothing for cancer? It's a bummer.

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    1. Well, we don't know how Magic beat HIV... Both are still pretty big a-holes.

      I guess I equated acting rep with having hordes of screaming girls throwing themselves at you. Just because Rickman didn't have the latter doesn't mean he didn't have the former.

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  4. Alan Rickman was one of my faves too. I'm feeling very sad.

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  5. He was also great in Love Actually.

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    1. I have seen that movie but I didn't remember much about it :P

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  6. Lemmy Kilmister: British entertainer, died mere days after turning 70.

    David Bowie: British entertainer, died mere days after turning 69.

    Alan Rickman: British entertainer, would have turned 70 next month.

    Patterns, man. There are patterns!

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  7. It looks like attaining the age of 70 is a milestone one should be really happy about. In my hometown there have been two deaths of folks in early 50s not from cancer but from heart problems. Yikes. Nice tribute, Michael.

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    1. Ah man that sucks. It also sucks that they don't have everyone on Facebook writing a piece about them :P

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  8. It is a shocker and that they both died of cancer-I am still not over Bowie and now Rickman? I had(have) a deep crush on this guy. If you want to see a different romance with him in it, see Truly, Madly, Deeply. I love that quirky film. Oh and Celine Dion's husband died of cancer yesterday as well.

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    1. They're dropping everywhere. This is so weird.

      I've added it to the list.

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  9. Both were such a shock, because who knew they were even sick? They looked great in recent pictures/interviews. Scary how quickly life can come and go like that. And it's sad, yes, but at least they made the best of the time they had. The world will never forget either of them because of it.

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    1. And that's one goal I've made for my life.

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  10. He was an actor that could blend into a role. My fondest memory will always be his character in Galaxy Quest.

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    1. I haven't seen that. I'll probably have to add that one too.

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  11. My absolute favorite Alan Rickman role was in Dogma. I just loved that film and he was so awesome in it. Comedic, snarky, angelic, devilish and handsome all in the same role. I'm so sad he's left us too along with DB. Now Glenn Frye has gone and done the same thing as well. Horrible week.

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    1. I know, it sucks :( Unfortunately though, I don't know who Glenn Frye is :P

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