There will be many things shared today regarding Alan Rickman. Those who knew him will mourn his passing on a personal level. From an outsider’s perspective, he was a very reserved but charming individual, and watching interviews with him it is easy to imagine him as someone most people would instantly find likeable and charming. His friends and family will I’m sure miss him dearly, think of him fondly, and take comfort in the fact that he is no longer in pain. For those of us who only knew him through his performances on stage and screen, the loss is felt differently but no less potently. His body of work, from Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” to Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series, will be revisited several times over across the world with many proclaiming their favorite roles and mourn that there are no more to come.
It’s hard to describe the feeling when someone who you never knew personally but who has inspired and entertained you for so long is no longer there. In simplest terms, we fell shock, emptiness, heartbreak – a million things all at once, which may enhance the indescribable nature of the pain we feel. The failure to understand the weight of the loss is secondary, however, to the weight of the loss itself.
I can hear his deep, silky voice assuring us that is natural to be sad, even if the sadness defies traditional logic. I can also hear that voice saying, in a quote from the man himself: “I think there should be laughs in everything – Sometimes, it’s a slammed door, a pie in the face, or just a recognition of our frailties”. The process of grieving is by nature a process where our weakness and delicacy is exposed, but this quote is a reminder that we need not dwell on the loss. After all, we aren’t sad because of the loss itself, but because of the life we saw prior to the end.
Through his decades of work, Alan Rickman infused a litany of characters with lives that can be revisited and enjoyed for ages to come. Through them our admiration and affection can continue to grow and be passed on to the next generation. And if they ever hear the lump in our throat or see our watering eyes at his performances and ask, “After all this time?”, we know how we will answer them.
Alan Rickman has left an indelible mark on the world of film and theatre, and his gifts will be remembered fondly by those who were lucky enough to experience them.
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Aaron has a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and likes to spend his free time writing the occasional sad bastard play. Because, like Whedon and Moffet, your tears give him strength.
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