MANILA, Philippines – Following the death of Alan Rickman reported Thursday, January 14, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe took the time to write a short message for the late actor.
Daniel worked with Alan on Harry Potter – both worked on all 8 movies. Alan played Harry’s professor, Severus Snape.
On Google Plus, Daniel wrote about the support he got from Alan when he first started out at age 11 in 2000. Daniel added that Alan supported him even after the films were done, too.
Daniel wrote, “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘If you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.'”
Daniel added that although Alan played a character in Harry Potter that could be considered a villain – the despicable Potions professor Snape – Alan was the complete opposite in person.
“People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”
Daniel finished: “As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theater stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”
Alan passed away following a battle with cancer. Aside from Harry Potter, he also played many other roles in films like Die Hard, Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility. – Rappler.com
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