movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Jan 14 2016, 12:50pm | 14 comments
Ah, he was right. It does hurt more.
First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. Not a good start to art :(
I am sad.
Tim Curry is also 69. I’m really worried.
I’m so bummed. Such an amazing actor, and, from what I’ve read, person in general. This sucks.
Alan Rickman was a wonderful actor, but let’s talk about something else: His first film role was when he was forty-six years old. Rickman ran his own graphic design company in his late twenties, and then quit to start taking acting lessons. He didn’t have a lead role on stage until he was 42, and then four years later he got cast as the villain in some action movie starring a sitcom actor. Was this a sensible thing to do? What man in his late twenties leaves a paying job to take a huge risk like that, and keeps going despite all the setbacks?
Well, I guess I did. I left my home state after thirty years, quit trying to be a teacher, and went back to graduate school. I moved two thousand miles away and started a whole new path at thirty-one years. I’d think of Isaac Newton, who by my age had already invented Calculus, and wonder if I was too old to do any real math. Or, for that matter, Isaac Asimov, who’d been published dozens of times by my age, and wonder if my first novel would ever see the light of day. The lesson I’d take from Rickman’s life is: It’s never too late to follow your dreams.
So is Trump.
What you also get when someone takes a huge risk like that (not quite so huge outside the USA where you can still get health care, but still pretty huge) is an actor who’s got some real-life experience rather than just Acting School.
Of course, we never hear from the people who followed their dreams all the way into abject failure, poverty, and misery.
Sigh… Yes, I know. I’m trying to be optimistic, There’s more than enough going wrong right now.
It appears his piece reached its end… onwards…
“Follow your dreams” has never been a guarantee that you’ll achieve them. (It has also never been incompatible with “Have a backup plan.”) But it does mean your life will probably feel more meaningful to you in the attempt to achieve those dreams, rather than in avoiding the attempt.
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