I don’t have it in me to write another one of these memorials right now, honestly. It’s not professional and I’m sorry. Consider this post a place-holder until I can write up a better tribute to this phenomenal talent. Alan Rickman was so, so great. Now he’s dead at the too-young age of 69, from cancer. Just like David Bowie. Just like so many wonderful people I have loved in my life, and I bet a thousand bucks you can relate.
In his final State Of The Union speech, President Obama argued for the importance of finding a cure for cancer. It’s not clear at this point in time how successful that initiative will turn out to be. This isn’t the place for me to express any skepticism I may have. This is, however, the place for me to insist that going forward, this being an election year, we must all pay very close to our politicians and their promises. Anyone who doesn’t address the issue of cancer in their campaign speeches just plain isn’t serious. Anyone who preaches hate rather than progress needs to be laughed back to the sad little corner of hell they came from. Cancer is one of the very worst villains in the movie of life. Commit science and resources to battling this disease. It’s enough now. I’ve had it. And so should all of us.
The Guardian’s obituary has a couple quotes that will stay with me today and might mean something to you also:
“Talent is an accident of genes, and a responsibility.”
“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”
— Alan Rickman.
Because it’s all I’m up for at the moment, a tribute to Alan Rickman in pictures.
Rest in peace. Thanks for all the entertainment over the years.
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