Alan Rickman's path of mixed luck continues to date.
He played the lead role in a film called Dark Harbor (1999)
which went straight to video amongst scathing critic reviews.
However his luck has since changed with two popular
movies. He appears as the seraph, Metatron, in the controversial
Kevin Smith film, Dogma (1999). Since a
seraph is quite literally one of the 'Voices of God,' it is hard
to imagine anyone more suited to the role... Interestingly, this
movie was made in 1997, and was not released until early 2000 due
to its potentially offensive religious content (Ed's note: I
actually found this movie was trying to fill in some of the glaring
gaps in the bible and was thus, probably more pro-Christian than
Galaxy Quest (1999)
is the definitive movie on how a spoof should be made! This movie
is a must see for anyone - whether you like SF or not, as it is
hilarious... Even, Rickman, not a fan of SF was attracted to the
funny script. In this film, which also stars Tim Allen and Sigourney
Weaver, Alan Rickman plays Alexander Dane, a classically trained
actor who has been typecast for 20 years as the alien Doctor Lazarus
from the tv series, Galaxy Quest.
2000, Alan Rickman stars in the contemporary romantic comedy, Blow
Dry. It is due for limited release in North America anytime
between October, 27, 2000 and March 9, 2001, and later elsewhere
(reports conflict and Miramax keeps putting back the release date!).
Recently Alan Rickman participated in an ambitious
project to film all 19 plays by Samuel Beckett. Alan Rickman was
re-united with Truly, Madly, Deeply
director, Anthony Minghella and co-star, Juliet Stevenson in the
film adaption of 'Play.' Although the films are being made for showings
in movie houses, they will be seen first on television in Ireland
later this year and the UK sometime next year. It is also planned
to show the movies in America and on the large screen.
A recent picture in one of the London newspapers captured
Alan Rickman starring in an independent film, The
Search for John Gissing. At this stage, there is no release
date or distributor for this film.
For those who love his voice(...), Alan Rickman is
also the voice behind a fish in the animated film, "Help! I'm
a Fish" (recently released in some Scandanavian countries and
starting to appear in film festival), and was recently heard narrating
Eco-Challenge Argentina (available for sale at the Discovery
At present, Alan Rickman is starring as Snape in the
first three Harry Potter films (and being evasive at time of writing
about appearing in the fourth...). He was most recently seen in
the charming romantic comedy, Love Actually and can be see in mid-2004
playing Professor Snape again in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban. He is currently filming "Acts of Charity," a
dark comedy in which he plays a British ex-pat journalist. Acts
of Charity is due out in 2005.
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