Remembering Alan Rickman Through One of Our Favorite Clips

January 14, 2016

At the Food52 Holiday Market, we played Love Actually, along with other holiday movies, on a loop. The 2003 blockbuster played mostly as a backdrop, but when Alan Rickman came onto the screen, those close to the display would quote back his lines, mimicking the dry, yet commanding delivery that made him so memorable in his films: "Tell me, exactly, how long it is that you've been working here?... And how long have you been in love with Karl, our enigmatic chief designer?"

We were heartbroken to hear that the British actor—who, in addition to Harry in Love Actually, also immortalized Snape in all the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard—lost his battle to cancer this morning. Later we'll rewatch Love Actually for the 500th time, but for now we're remembering him, wordlessly, in one of our favorite clips, "Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman." As part of artist David Michalek's series Portraits in Dramatic Time, Rickman was told to portray an emotional condition in slow motion. He chose his love (or hate?) of tea—English breakfast with a slice of lemon.

What are your favorite Rickman moments? Tell us in the comments below.

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Nancy August 13, 2018
Yes to all these notes.
And a footnote...Benedict Cumberbatch did a fantastic impression of Rickman on Jimmy Fallon, and Rickman responded beautifully a little while later.
Have a look.
Jenny S. January 15, 2016
One of my favorite movies is Bottle Shock because of his role in that film, such as classic. Surprised you gastronomes wouldn't mention it? :)
Bevi January 15, 2016
I loved Alan Rickman in his role as a wine enthusiast in the little gem Bottle Shock.
Anita G. January 14, 2016
In Dogma where he appears as the angel to the "virgin". One of his best lines was something like "Oh get over yourself . . .you humans always think somebody is trying to get into your knickers . . don't worry, I'm as anatomically correct as a Ken doll . . " So, so funny!!
Kate G. January 14, 2016
Wonderful! Maybe he is protesting the habit in the US of serving boiling water and then adding a tea bag afterwards! Great clip - thanks again Food52
witloof January 14, 2016
Truly Madly Deeply is one of my favorite movies of all time. I was so lucky to experience him onstage a few times.
Alexandra January 14, 2016
Such a great clip, even without his magnificent voice. His glare was incredible & his smile utterly charming. Alan Rickman was an amazing talent, that will be greatly missed...
BloggeristaBabe January 14, 2016
LOVED Rickman in "Song of Lunch" with Emma Thompson. I've watched the movie, based on a poem, five times.
miamineymo January 14, 2016
Truly, Madly, first and favorite Rickman film. The Bach, the Neruda, so poignant and so sad/funny. Galaxy Quest was also great, as was Hans in Die Hard. Evil or not, he was always amazingly brilliant.
HalfPint January 14, 2016
I just loved him in "Sense and Sensibility". He was the perfect Colonel Brandon.
kim January 14, 2016
Ohhhh that voice, that beautiful, magnificent, mellifluous voice, what a gift, what a charm, just spellbinding. Truly Madly Deeply is one of my all time favorites. How he will be missed. My heart and my ears grieve. How lucky he found his way into a craft whereby which we could all enjoy that incredible sounnd. Too many tears to count today.
NancyD January 14, 2016
Adored him. And everything about "Harry" from Love Actually.
S January 14, 2016
My favorite is him singing 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' with Juliette Stevenson in Truly, Madly, Deeply.
Caroline C. January 14, 2016
The scene between him and Laura Linney in "Love Actually", where he tells her to go for Carl. :)

And of course, anything.. absolutely ANYTHING, he's done with Emma Thompson.
Jody H. January 14, 2016
Truly Madly Deeply is my favorite also. His character has died and Juliet Steven's character is depressed and unable to get over her grief. He visits her, as a ghost, to help her move on with her life. He recites this passage from a poem to her in Spanish as she translates. One of the most moving scenes in any movie.
The poem reads as follows:

'Forgive me
if you, my beloved,
my love, have died

All the leaves,
will fall on my breasts.

It will rain on my soul,
All day, all night.

My feet will want to march,
to where you are sleeping.

but I must go on living.'
Tanya L. January 14, 2016
I love so many of his films, but Dogma is always first on my list for Alan Rickman. RIP
Shannon M. January 14, 2016
Impossible to choose a favorite Rickman moment, but in the running would be when he reads the note in Die Hard..."Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho."
He brought a brilliance to all his films and stage roles. Such a loss!
Shelley M. January 14, 2016
Colonel Brandon is my favorite romantic lead in Sense nd Sensibility. (Sorry Willoughby and Edward) And he will always be a wonderful hoot in Galaxy Quest.
Shannon M. January 14, 2016
100% in agreement!
gandalf January 14, 2016
"By Grapthor's Hammer, you will be avenged!"

Years ago he was Obadiah Slope in the BBC version of "The Barchester Chronicles" -- classic!
Kaite January 14, 2016
I've never seen this before! I love it :)
amysarah January 14, 2016
He was a big fave of mine....Colonel Brandon in Sense & Sensibility - will forever ruin you for romance. Also going back, he was an amazing Rasputin, opposite a young, painfully gorgeous Greta Scacchi. So many other roles too.

What a crappy week for losing great people ...still stunned by the death of David Bowie. Huge presence during my adolescent years, so new then, seems impossible he's gone.