Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thrusty Thursday: Alan Rickman

Schieß dem Fenster!
Sixty-five years foxy! A very happy belated birthday to one of my absolute favorite actors ever, the one and only Alan Rickman.

My first conscious introduction to Alan Rickman (I'm sure my brother and dad watched Die Hard in our living room at some point during my childhood, but such genius was wasted on me until I was a bit older) was his role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Oh, Sheriff of Nottingham! Baddie swoon! I'm pretty sure I'll go to hell for saying this, but that film's got the most hilarious attempted rape scene of any movie, ever. Rickman is the ultimate genre-spanner—action to fantasy to drama to comedy, from Jane Austen to Douglas Adams, Kevin Smith to Tim Burton. In college I took a film course that clued me in to a subterranean Boston video store that stocked just about every movie, ever, which is where I managed to track down a bunch of Rickman's more obscure titles, such as Mesmer and Dark Harbor and the genius HBO production of Rasputin. Sigh, the voice! The nose! The tired eyes! That patented eyebrow move where he manages to make blasé snark into the purest form of seduction!

Is it just me, or was it a total waste that Rickman didn't factor into any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies?

Bonus foxy factoid: Rickman started as a graphic designer! All the awesomest people do. [cough cough]

You know I had to include a video to honor the Ricksta. And dag, there are a lot to choose from! He must be among the most tributed dudes on YouTube—so many gushy montages set to emo music. I decided on this one, titled "10 Reasons to Love Alan Rickman." As if they needed enumerating.

Happy birthday, Alan! Can't wait 'til you score yourself a knighthood. xoxo


  1. I fell in love with Mr Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply. I'd already been nudged there from watching him in Die Hard, my first intro to his, hmmm, this bad guy is hot! *gasp!*
    I fell into absolute adoration & obsession with his Nottingham. He is fabulous.

  2. Truly Madly Deeply is such a fantastic movie!

    What I wouldn't give to have been able to see Alan Rickman in the stage version of Les Liasons Dangereuse!

    Why oh why didn't they cast him instead of John Malkovich in the movie adaptation!?

  3. My favorite Rickman is Col. Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. So good.

    Excellent choice, Meg!

  4. >Is it just me, or was it a total waste that Rickman didn't factor into any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies?

    They were probably afraid he'd steal any scene he was in...

  5. Fair point! If anyone can out-charisma Johnny Depp, it's the Ricksta. Surely that's why they relegated him to the voice of a caterpillar in the Alice remake. I haven't seen Sweeney Todd, though. Does he steal Depp's thunder in that one?