- Fake Nationality: His most iconic part in Die Hard, he used it on a guest spot in King of the Hill.
- I Am Not Spock: Most people who are too young to remember Die Hard will instantly associate Alan Rickman with Severus Snape.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Look through his filmography on IMDb. It includes Hans Gruber, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Alexander Dane, Severus 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.
- Secret Keeper: J. K. Rowling told Alan Rickman Severus Snape's entire backstory - particularly, the content discussed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - as she felt it was crucial to his portrayal of the character in the films. He kept the fact that he had this knowledge secret from everyone until she revealed this herself, and even then, never revealed exactly what she'd said. Respecting his wishes, Rowling didn't tell anyone either until after his death.
Twitter conversation, January 18, 2016@sarahrosefrank: Will you tell us the piece of information that you told Alan Rickman about Severus Snape? Or will that forever be a secret? :-)J. K. Rowling: I told Alan what lies behind the word "always".
- Those Two Actors: With Emma Thompson.note
- What Could Have Been: He turned down the role of Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye. The character was originally written as a mentor to James Bond.
- He auditioned for the part of Moff Jerjerrod in Return of the Jedi.