Happy Friday! It’s been kind of a slow week, I suspect Genevieve has either been hit by COVID part 2 like I was, or hit by “my kids are suddenly healthy and driving me crazy”. Shelomit is doing her sad stuff, Filmikudhi is dressing her baby up in a series of increasingly elaborate outfits (thank you for photos!), it’s just Saira and me sitting here and talking about Anne. I’m considering not even doing a Sunday WatchAlong this week, taking a week off instead and mowing my lawn. Anyway, perfect time to have a pleasant Alan Rickman conversation!
Alan Rickman! Just a really high quality dude. Stage actor trained by the Royal Academy in England, then went on to lots of stage work. Was raised by a widowed single Mom in poverty, met and fell in love with his one-and-only at age 19, never had children, and married his girlfriend privately in 2015 after 50 years together. She was an economics lecturer and a local politician. He worked a little in BBC television but his first full fledged film role wasn’t until 1988, when he was 42, the villain in Die Hard. Just a very private person who was highly respected and beloved by his friends and colleagues. And, of course, absolutely AMAZING as an actor! Which means I am excited to learn what y’all favorite Alan Rickman roles are.
My favorite Alan Rickman performance! And a movie you should all see because it’s a really interesting romance, Truly Madly Deeply (1991). It’s a character study of the heroine, Juliet Stevenson, who is trapped in deep grief after the sudden death of her boyfriend, Alan Rickman. And then one day, without a real explanation, Alan Rickman shows up again in her apartment, real to her but still saying he is dead. What makes the movie FASCINATING is that it is just about grief and moving on. At first she loses herself in this strange netherworld with her returned boyfriend Alan, but slowly she starts to feel more disconnected from the rest of her life, to consider starting a relationship with another very nice man, and then Alan just fades away. His performance in this is delightful because he feels like a real person, not a perfect saintly ghost, but a quirky flawed human. Again, it’s about grief, the way you miss everything good and bad about the dead person, but eventually you need more than being trapped in memories.