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Remembering Alan Rickman: 15 Quotes from the Man Himself

Raise your wands to the sky, my friends, as it is a sad, sad day indeed.

Beloved actor Alan Rickman passed away today after a battle with cancer. He was 69-years-young.

Rickman first came to the world’s attention after his villainous portrayal of Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988), but he became a household name thanks to his absolutely incredible pseudo-villainous portrayal of Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films.

We know plenty about the characters Rickman magnificently brought to life, but the man behind the curtain was much more elusive.

So, in celebration of Alan Rickman’s life, we have compiled 15 quotes from the man (not the character) himself, all in an effort to shed some light on the true personality and character of one of the most beloved actors in the entire geek community:

Rickman on what keeps his acting fire blazing:

It’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.

On his bounce house dreams:

If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.


On life and art:

If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.

On failure:

I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure.

On art imitating life:

If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.

On motivation:

Mellow doesn’t describe me. I’m hungry every day.

On the world across the pond:

I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.

On his reluctance to discuss his most famous film:

I never talk about ‘Harry Potter’ because I think that would rob children of something that’s private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.

On his privacy:

I don’t think it’s right that everybody knows everything about me.

On his work ethic:

I’m a quite serious actor who doesn’t mind being ridiculously comic.

On a lack of conclusion:

I like it when stories are left open.

On realizing the depth of his role:

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.


On the power of acting:

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.

On his love of roller coasters:

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.

On what is perhaps his greatest lie ever:

I am the character you are not supposed to like.

Rest in peace, Alan. We will miss you… Always.

Image credit: yeah.right, tumblr.

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