Early this morning, the news of iconic Alan Rickman's passing clouded our hearts with grief.
Throughout the day, several actors and actresses who have been lucky enough to share the screen with such a phenomenal presence have taken to social media to pay their tributes and respects.
Most recently, Emma Watson and Emma Thompson have shared heartfelt messages and memories. Watson had years of experience with Rickman, having worked on the Harry Potter franchise with him, and Thompson was a close friend of Rickman, since having worked together on 2003's Love Actually together.
Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.
What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word.
That intransigence which made him the great artist that he was — his inedible and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.
He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him.
He was the ultimate ally. In like, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely.
He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.
-Emma Thompson via Dave Itkoff of the New York Times
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