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26th Dec '12 7:51:08 PM Sheora
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->''I don't play villains, I play very interesting people.''

For someone who doesn't play villains, he is very very good at it.

After doing the standard English Man In Hollywood origin full of Shakespeare, theatre and single episode spots on the television, Alan Rickman managed to move over to the USA by serving his revenge cold as the Vicomte de Valmont (a very interesting man with some villainous qualities) in ''[[Literature/DangerousLiaisons Les Liaisons Dangereuses]]'' on Broadway. Then his first big screen role was the lovable MagnificentBastard Hans Gruber in ''Film/DieHard'' who set up a BatmanGambit in order to steal 600 million dollars in negotiable bearer bonds. He had to kill a few people to get the money which was certainly not very nice but he did so with memorable {{Bond One Liner}}s, and personally ad-libbed the infamous "Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life."

There is also [[LargeHam the pantomime villain]] Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', who proved to be a better thief than that Costner fellow by stealing every scene he was in. Deliciously villainous and by far the most very interesting character in the movie.

Also while Severus Snape in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films is meant to be a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic bastard with a not so happy past]] for some reason, people keep feeling sorry for him and see him [[TheWoobie as a normal guy who just need a hug]] regardless and well as feeling [[DracoInLeatherPants a few other things]]. Technically not a villain! Sort of. A little bit.

He also played a bad guy in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', as well as Judge Turpin in the 2007 Tim Burton film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Still there are plenty of clearly not villainous, still very interesting roles that he has done.

He played Colonel Brandon in a film adaptation of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. He was the Metatron, the voice of Almighty God, in ''{{Dogma}}'' (appearing first on screen while on fire is certainly interesting), a role which he took after being a fan of Creator/KevinSmith's ''Chasing Amy'' but which he took with one strict condition: don't change anything in the script. He was also the voice of Marvin in the 2005 film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In 1999 he starred in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where he played a Shakespearean actor who refused to say a line beginning with "[[Film/GalaxyQuest By Grabthar's hammer]]". In 2003, he played a caring yet utterly deadpan office boss who may or may not have [[LoveActually had an affair with his assistant]]. That one wasn't that interesting though.

He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40 recites poetry ]]. ''[[InsistentTerminology Very interesting]]'' poetry. And he makes [[http://io9.com/5935919/alan-rickman-is-awesome-even-when-hes-making-tea-in-extreme-slow+motion tea]] in a ''very interesting'' way.

He also helped compile the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character.

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!!'''Mr. Rickman provides ''very interesting'' examples of:'''
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* TheBigGuy: Thanks to his height (6'1") and his big-boned build, he's almost always the biggest person in a scene. It also explains why he's still such a great candidate to play Snape; ten years on and he's ''still'' intimidating when standing next to [[PrettyBoy little cutie]] DanielRadcliffe.
* BrilliantButLazy: Despite being a prefect at Latymer Upper School, he didn't do so well in college. Until he went back for his Drama degree. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then he won every acting award RADA offered.]]
* ChronicallyKilledActor
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: His character in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Averted in real life as he seems to very much enjoy being action villains and snarky wizards.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DramaticPause: Is...a...big...''fan''.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Bottle Shock. Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mTHqyNe9MA this clip]] of him singing a short song in French has the uploader comment "I have no idea what he is saying, but it is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard".
* EvilBrit: Resisted being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a villain with an English accent. With quite a bit of success, it must be said.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves The Sheriff of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.
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->''I don't play villains, I play very interesting people.''

For someone who doesn't play villains, he is very very good at it.

After doing the standard English Man In Hollywood origin full of Shakespeare, theatre and single episode spots on the television, Alan Rickman managed to move over to the USA by serving his revenge cold as the Vicomte de Valmont (a very interesting man with some villainous qualities) in ''[[Literature/DangerousLiaisons Les Liaisons Dangereuses]]'' on Broadway. Then his first big screen role was the lovable MagnificentBastard Hans Gruber in ''Film/DieHard'' who set up a BatmanGambit in order to steal 600 million dollars in negotiable bearer bonds. He had to kill a few people to get the money which was certainly not very nice but he did so with memorable {{Bond One Liner}}s, and personally ad-libbed the infamous "Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life."

There is also [[LargeHam the pantomime villain]] Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', who proved to be a better thief than that Costner fellow by stealing every scene he was in. Deliciously villainous and by far the most very interesting character in the movie.

Also while Severus Snape in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films is meant to be a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic bastard with a not so happy past]] for some reason, people keep feeling sorry for him and see him [[TheWoobie as a normal guy who just need a hug]] regardless and well as feeling [[DracoInLeatherPants a few other things]]. Technically not a villain! Sort of. A little bit.

He also played a bad guy in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', as well as Judge Turpin in the 2007 Tim Burton film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Still there are plenty of clearly not villainous, still very interesting roles that he has done.

He played Colonel Brandon in a film adaptation of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. He was the Metatron, the voice of Almighty God, in ''{{Dogma}}'' (appearing first on screen while on fire is certainly interesting), a role which he took after being a fan of Creator/KevinSmith's ''Chasing Amy'' but which he took with one strict condition: don't change anything in the script. He was also the voice of Marvin in the 2005 film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In 1999 he starred in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where he played a Shakespearean actor who refused to say a line beginning with "[[Film/GalaxyQuest By Grabthar's hammer]]". In 2003, he played a caring yet utterly deadpan office boss who may or may not have [[LoveActually had an affair with his assistant]]. That one wasn't that interesting though.

He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40 recites poetry ]]. ''[[InsistentTerminology Very interesting]]'' poetry. And he makes [[http://io9.com/5935919/alan-rickman-is-awesome-even-when-hes-making-tea-in-extreme-slow+motion tea]] in a ''very interesting'' way.

He also helped compile the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character.

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!!'''Mr. Rickman provides ''very interesting'' examples of:'''
%%Do not add Audio Erotica. This trope is about a character who is supposed to sound erotic in-universe, not a real person.%%
* TheBigGuy: Thanks to his height (6'1") and his big-boned build, he's almost always the biggest person in a scene. It also explains why he's still such a great candidate to play Snape; ten years on and he's ''still'' intimidating when standing next to [[PrettyBoy little cutie]] DanielRadcliffe.
* BrilliantButLazy: Despite being a prefect at Latymer Upper School, he didn't do so well in college. Until he went back for his Drama degree. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then he won every acting award RADA offered.]]
* ChronicallyKilledActor
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: His character in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Averted in real life as he seems to very much enjoy being action villains and snarky wizards.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DramaticPause: Is...a...big...''fan''.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Bottle Shock. Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mTHqyNe9MA this clip]] of him singing a short song in French has the uploader comment "I have no idea what he is saying, but it is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard".
* EvilBrit: Resisted being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a villain with an English accent. With quite a bit of success, it must be said.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves The Sheriff of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.
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21st Dec '12 9:05:14 PM MisterDrBob
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He also helped compiled the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character.

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He also helped compiled compile the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character.
4th Dec '12 8:55:25 AM MisterDrBob
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He also helped compiled the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character.
8th Sep '12 9:47:04 AM TVRulezAgain
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[CompleteMonster The Sheriff]] [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[CompleteMonster The Sheriff]] [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves The Sheriff of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.
1st Sep '12 12:56:01 AM Craver357
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Also while Severus Snape in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films is meant to be an ugly unsympathetic bastard for some reason, people keep [[TheWoobie feeling sorry for him]] regardless and well as feeling [[DracoInLeatherPants a few other things]]. Technically not a villain! Sort of. A little bit.

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Also while Severus Snape in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films is meant to be an ugly unsympathetic a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic bastard with a not so happy past]] for some reason, people keep [[TheWoobie feeling sorry for him]] him and see him [[TheWoobie as a normal guy who just need a hug]] regardless and well as feeling [[DracoInLeatherPants a few other things]]. Technically not a villain! Sort of. A little bit.
21st Aug '12 7:10:45 AM doberdog
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He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40 recites poetry ]]. ''[[InsistentTerminology Very interesting]]'' poetry.

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He also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40 recites poetry ]]. ''[[InsistentTerminology Very interesting]]'' poetry.
poetry. And he makes [[http://io9.com/5935919/alan-rickman-is-awesome-even-when-hes-making-tea-in-extreme-slow+motion tea]] in a ''very interesting'' way.
13th Jul '12 1:59:26 AM PaulA
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There is also [[LargeHam the pantomime villain]] Sheriff of Nottingham in ''RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', who proved to be a better thief than that Costner fellow by stealing every scene he was in. Deliciously villainous and by far the most very interesting character in the movie.

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There is also [[LargeHam the pantomime villain]] Sheriff of Nottingham in ''RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', who proved to be a better thief than that Costner fellow by stealing every scene he was in. Deliciously villainous and by far the most very interesting character in the movie.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[CompleteMonster The Sheriff]] [[RobinHood of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on {{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[CompleteMonster The Sheriff]] [[RobinHood [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], and [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]] and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman is a low-key, modest man who stays out of the limelight, avoids the paparazzi, and when it comes to his fans, he's a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.
9th Jul '12 3:21:54 AM PaulA
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He also played a bad guy in ''QuigleyDownUnder'', as well as Judge Turpin in the 2007 Tim Burton film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Still there are plenty of clearly not villainous, still very interesting roles that he has done.

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He also played a bad guy in ''QuigleyDownUnder'', ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', as well as Judge Turpin in the 2007 Tim Burton film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Still there are plenty of clearly not villainous, still very interesting roles that he has done.
3rd Jul '12 2:26:38 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* [[{{OlderThanTheyLook}} Older Than He Looks]] - Born February 21, 1946. He was ''65 years old'' when the final Harry Potter film premiered. Let's put this in perspective: Michael Gambon, who portrays [[EccentricMentor Headmaster Dumbledore]] in the Film/HarryPotter films (a character who is meant to be ''115 years old'', by the way), is only '''[[YoungerThanTheyLook 5 years older]]''' than Mr. Rickman.
5th Jun '12 12:37:02 AM PaulA
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He played Colonel Brandon in a film adaptation of ''SenseAndSensibility''. He was the Metatron, the voice of Almighty God, in ''{{Dogma}}'' (appearing first on screen while on fire is certainly interesting), a role which he took after being a fan of Creator/KevinSmith's ''Chasing Amy'' but which he took with one strict condition: don't change anything in the script. He was also the voice of Marvin in the 2005 film version of ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In 1999 he starred in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where he played a Shakespearean actor who refused to say a line beginning with "[[Film/GalaxyQuest By Grabthar's hammer]]". In 2003, he played a caring yet utterly deadpan office boss who may or may not have [[LoveActually had an affair with his assistant]]. That one wasn't that interesting though.

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He played Colonel Brandon in a film adaptation of ''SenseAndSensibility''.''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. He was the Metatron, the voice of Almighty God, in ''{{Dogma}}'' (appearing first on screen while on fire is certainly interesting), a role which he took after being a fan of Creator/KevinSmith's ''Chasing Amy'' but which he took with one strict condition: don't change anything in the script. He was also the voice of Marvin in the 2005 film version of ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. In 1999 he starred in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where he played a Shakespearean actor who refused to say a line beginning with "[[Film/GalaxyQuest By Grabthar's hammer]]". In 2003, he played a caring yet utterly deadpan office boss who may or may not have [[LoveActually had an affair with his assistant]]. That one wasn't that interesting though.
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