Emma Thompson Pays Tribute to ‘Rare and Unique’ Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman played several of his most memorable roles alongside Emma Thompson: They played a married couple on the rocks in Love, Actually; served on the faculty of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series; and charmingly became in-laws in the Thompson-written film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. On the news of the actor’s death at 69 on Thursday, Thompson shared her feelings for her colleague and friend:

Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humor, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was—his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him. He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.

Alan Rickman: A Career in Pictures

Die Hard, 1988.
Die Hard, 1988.20th Century Fox
Truly, Madly, Deeply, 1990.
Truly, Madly, Deeply, 1990.BBC Films
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991.Warner Bros.
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, 1996.
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, 1996.Getty Images
Dogma, 1999.
Dogma, 1999.Lionsgate
Galaxy Quest, 1999.
Galaxy Quest, 1999.DreamWorks Pictures
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2001.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2001. Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Love Actually, 2003.
Love Actually, 2003.Universal Pictures
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007.DreamWorks Pictures
The Butler, 2013.
The Butler, 2013. The Weinstein Company

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