Actor Alan Rickman has passed away following a battle with cancer. He would have turned 70 next month.
The British born Rickman was best known for playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and had notable roles in Die Hard with Bruce Willis and as The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner. I particularly enjoyed Rickman’s work in two British films which I saw on Canadian television – Truly, Madly, Deeply and Close My Eyes co-starring a young Clive Owen.
A decade ago, Rickman co-wrote My Name is Rachel Corrie with Katharine Viner (who is now Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian) based on Corrie’s diaries. Rickman would direct its stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in London and would win the Theater Goers’ Choice Award for Best Director. Corrie was the American university student who became part of the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and would travel to Gaza with them to act as a human shield. She was accidentally killed by an IDF bulldozer in March 2003.
I saw a production of My Name is Rachel Corrie outside of Boston in March 2008 and concluded it was “nothing more than Palestinian propaganda dressed up as art.” Needless to say, this lowered my esteem of Rickman considerably and have not seen a movie he has been associated with since.
Now that’s he gone, I cannot deny the man’s talent and if the opportunity presented itself to see Truly, Madly, Deeply, Close My Eyes or see him call off Christmas in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves I would probably do so. But I also cannot deny the man’s foolishness. With that said, may he rest in peace.