I don't know which news I expected to hear next about Alan Rickman but this news it wasn't. I'm quite unable to grasp the fact that he has died.
Admittedly, for the past four or five years my interest in him and his art had been dwindling. I had expected to see lots of him in new and fantastic films after the Potter films had ended. But either he seemed to stay in the States to do theatre or to star in a few films that didn't appeal to me and/or never made it to German cinemas.
Still, I've never stopped admiring him for his art and was happy to watch The Butler
when it was released here, and I also got to see A Little Chaos
. Since I remember that he had mentioned years ago that he wanted do a film about a gardener at Versailles, I'm very glad that he managed to fulfil this dream.
Apart from having enjoyed his extraordinary performances in some of my favourite films, I'm particularly glad that I got to see him in John Gabriel Borkman
in Dublin and was able to watch My Name Is Rachel Corrie
as well as Creditors
I would have loved to see many more good films with him, and probably I would have loved it even more to see him direct more plays and films.