Thursday, January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman

The great Alan Rickman passed away today from cancer. He was 69.

A lot of Basementites know Rickman from his role as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter movies, but us olderish fans remember him best for his series of memorable villains from the late 80s and early 90s. Most notable, of course, are Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Rickman had a talent for humanizing his villains by injecting them with a sense of humour. Moviegoers rooted for Gruber almost as much as McClane, because we liked him. Almost. But he was the still the bad guy.

Tonight, in honour of Rickman, our Mad Twit Mike S will tweet along to the actor's BAFTA-winning role as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham when he pushes play on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You can follow along @camethebasement starting at 8 p.m. (PST).

Thanks for all the memories, Alan. You will be missed.

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