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Bluejay
Bluejay
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 1:02pm

WHAT?!

RogerBW
RogerBW
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 1:35pm

Ah, he was right. It does hurt more.

Maria Niku
Maria Niku
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 3:58pm

First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. Not a good start to art :(

althea
althea
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 4:18pm

I am sad.

Danielm80
Danielm80
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 5:03pm

Tim Curry is also 69. I’m really worried.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Danielm80
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 3:44am

So is Trump.

MarkyD
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 7:49pm

I’m so bummed. Such an amazing actor, and, from what I’ve read, person in general. This sucks.

Jurgan
Jurgan
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 2:27am

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.

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Jurgan
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 10:36am

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Jurgan
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 1:25pm

Of course, we never hear from the people who followed their dreams all the way into abject failure, poverty, and misery.

Jurgan
Jurgan
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 2:08pm

Sigh… Yes, I know. I’m trying to be optimistic, There’s more than enough going wrong right now.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 9:55pm

“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.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 4:35am

:-(

SaltHarvest
SaltHarvest
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 9:36pm

It appears his piece reached its end… onwards…