“I can teach you how to bewitch the mind” – 100wcgu #181
2016 has started very badly with the loss of yet another giant from the entertainment world. Alan Rickman’s death, like David Bowie at the age of 69, is really heartbreaking. His was a huge talent that was seen by many in a myriad of roles, many of which have become classics.
He had the ability to make you laugh, cry and feel unsettled all in a few scenes. It was his face that did it. He had a catalogue of looks that could kill, melt or make you snigger.
“I wanted this to be professional. Efficient, adult, cooperative, not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.”
—Hans Gruber, Die Hard
As the German, holding the Nakatomi company to ransom he was a suave criminal who was intending to take no prisoners. Bruce Willis had other ideas!
Rickman was hilarious in his camp portrayal of the Sherrif of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Thwarted at every junction to woo and bed Maid Marion, he was like a truculent child when he couldn’t get his own way.
“That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.”
—The Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
One of my favourite roles that this talented actor played was Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. He was a sinister, gothic tutor who you were led to believe was evil incarnate only to twist things at the end and save the day.
“There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few… I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death.”
—Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Those eyes and his look could make me believe that he was capable of bewitching my mind! Inspired by his work, the prompt this week is another of his film titles:
…Truly, Madly, Deeply…
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