Alan Rickman in one of the best films about grief
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Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69. We pay tribute to his talent with a clip from one of his most heart-breaking films.

This is possibly one of the best films about grief ever made. Written and directed by Anthony Minghella, Truly Madly Deeply is the thinking (and feeling) person’s Ghost. Alan Rickman – who has died aged 69 – starred as a cellist who appears as a ghost to his partner, played by Juliet Stevenson.

Rickman was known as the villain in Harry Potter, Robin Hood and Die Hard. He once admitted that “having a film career at all is a bit of a surprise” – and only took the role in Die Hard because he found the script so forward-thinking. “Every single black character in that film is positive and highly intelligent,” he said. “So, 28 years ago, that’s quite revolutionary, and quietly so.”

Rickman suggested to a producer that his character Hans Gruber should wear a suit rather than being decked out like the other terrorists – and pretend to be a hostage in one scene. He said: “I got Joel saying, ‘Get the hell out of here, you’ll wear what you’re told.’ But when I came back, I was handed a new script. It showed that it pays to have a little bit of theatre training.”

Here he is in one of our favourite scenes from Truly Madly Deeply.

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