by Melissa Uhrin
And while death is sad no matter who we lose, some hit harder and closer to home... I cannot even type his name without having to stop and wipe away the tears.
I thought writing about him this morning would come easily, as he is an actor that I have loved and admired for decades (most definitely in my top five of all time), but I think almost fifteen minutes have passed and I have just been staring into the screen, at a loss for words. Words are almost impossible when they are coming directly from your heart, and when your heart has been broken.
Alan Rickman gave life to every single character he portrayed. Without his Hans Gruber, Die Hard would have just been Bruce Willis chasing terrorists in a burning building. No other Hans would have had the same perfect touch. Forever a fan favourite, he laid the groundwork for villains in the subsequent Die Hard movies. “Oh, yes. What was it you said to me before? Yippie-ki-yay... motherf----r.”
Galaxy Quest is another forever favourite of mine; the character growth throughout the duration of the film, while obviously written to be so, would not have had the depth were it not for the actor bringing it to us. “By Grabthar's hammer... what a savings.”
We lost a film and stage icon today. While we will continue to relive all the beauty, terror, comedy and love you leave behind onscreen, each viewing will be bittersweet. Thank you for all that you did for an industry that will forever bear your mark. “After all this time?” “...Always.”
Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman.