* FakeNationality: His most iconic part in ''Film/DieHard'', he used it on a guest spot in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* IAmNotSpock: Most people who are too young to remember ''Film/DieHard'' will instantly associate Alan Rickman with [[Film/HarryPotter Severus Snape.]]
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Look through his filmography on Website/{{IMDb}}. It includes [[MagnificentBastard Hans]] [[Film/DieHard Gruber]], [[Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves The Sheriff of Nottingham]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alexander]] [[Film/GalaxyQuest Dane]], [[{{Jerkass}} Severus]] [[Film/HarryPotter Snape]], and Rasputin, who is... ''Rasputin''. Off-screen, Rickman was a low-key, modest man who stayed out of the limelight, avoided the paparazzi, and when it came to his fans, was a giant freaking teddy bear, quick with the jokes and hugs.
* ThoseTwoActors: With Creator/EmmaThompson.[[note]] They played an FBI/detective duo in ''Judas Kiss'', a married couple in ''Film/LoveActually'', Hogwarts professors in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' film series, two of the main characters in the 1995 version of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ex-lovers in ''Film/TheSongOfLunch''.[[/note]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He turned down the role of Alec Trevelyan in ''Film/GoldenEye''. The character was originally written as a mentor to Film/JamesBond.
** He auditioned for the part of Moff Jerjerrod in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.

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