Daniel Radcliffe's Tribute to Alan Rickman Is Tragic and Poignant
Friends and colleagues have dedicated themselves to Rickman's memory.
The Snape to Daniel Radcliffe's Harry is no longer with us.
Alan Rickman, who played the infamous anti-hero in the Harry Potter films, has passed at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.
While fans and colleagues have paid tribute to the talented actor in droves, Radcliffe's special message seems to stand out amongst the rest. Shared via Google+ early Thursday, he said Rickman was "one of the loyalest and most supportive people."
Here's the text in full:
"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'.
"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.
"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 theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man."
Two hours later, the star shared a shot of a special scene:
And, finally, a cartoon painting Rickman's Severus Snape as "...the best damned antagonist a guy could ask for."
This has been a rough week for entertainment fans, Rickman's death following that of 69-year-old David Bowie, who also died of cancer.
RIP to our favorite "antagonist" in history.