Speak to an estate agent Hammersmith about property for sale Hammersmith and they’ll probably mention how many notable British actors live in the neighbourhood. These renowned thespians include Hugh Grant, Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman – any fan of the Harry Potter films and DVDs would be thrilled at the chance to witness the boy wizard (Radcliffe) and his ill-tempered potions master (Rickman) doing their grocery shopping side by side!
Alan Rickman has been performing on stage and screen since the 1970’s, and has demonstrated his talent in a number of varied roles. Alan Rickman’s portrayal of movie villains has earned him international fame and pop culture status, and the majority of today’s movie-going audience would immediately associate Alan Rickman with the sinister professor Snape, Harry Potter’s malicious potions teacher. However, there are several other “baddies” that have made Alan Rickman a favourite for antagonistic roles:
Who could forget Hans Gruber, the German terrorist portrayed by Alan Rickman, who put Bruce Willis’ heroic character through his paces in the first Die Hard movie?
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The Sheriff of Nottingham was masterfully played by Alan Rickman as a sneering, sarcastic usurper of the throne, until Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood took the tyrant down.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Alan Rickman was chilling in the role of the corrupt and lecherous Judge Turpin; the darkly comical Tim Burton movie also allowed Alan Rickman to showcase his singing voice as he and Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd battle it out.
Despite his natural flair for villainous roles, Alan Rickman wants to avoid being typecast and has even turned down the opportunity to play a bond villain. Fans will soon be able to see Alan Rickman reprising his role as Snape as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in theatres.