Overall, their partnership transcended two decades, starting in the 1990s, when Thompson was genre-hopping, Rickman was trying to sneak out from under the shadow of Hans Gruber, and both of them were leveraging their nascent stardom into signature work behind the scenes.In an interview about 2003’s Love Actually, Thompson wryly acknowledged the depth and breadth of their working bond when a journalist asked if there was anything they hadn’t done together: “We’ve had no children, but pretty much everything else.”As a performer, Rickman left behind an impressive and eclectic legacy.Viewers watched as Harry was tempted by his young secretary Mia, only to be caught out by his wife when she discovered that the indulgent gold locket he's purchased for Christmas is intended for someone else.Infidelity: During a live tweeting session, broadcaster Emma - the wife of the film's director Richard Curtis - also revealed that Harry had an 'affair' with his secretary Mia (pictured in the film) not just a 'flirtation' Midnight screening: Emma and husband Richard (right, the director of the film) caught the romcom at a midnight screening in New York this week, which had been the first time he'd seen it since they attended the November 2003 premiere (pictured) together And as script writer Emma, who worked with husband Richard 12 years ago on the British film, revealed behind the scenes secrets about the film, she was even prompted to clear up whether the infidelity had been a full blown 'affair' or a 'flirtation'.But in a generation of those looking for a sense of the genuine beneath the performance, and those who respect the idea of actor as auteur, there’s something particularly touching about a friendship like the one he has with Thompson that plays out obligingly onscreen.Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress, activist, author, comedienne and screenwriter.What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.
TUESDAY 16 MAY: “Sometimes Alan reminds me of the owl in Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin.
If you took too many liberties with him I’m sure he’d have your tail off in a trice.” - Emma Thompson, The Sense And Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries Following Alan Rickman’s recent death, many of his former colleagues came forward to speak about his generosity as a performer and his devotion as a friend.
Perhaps the most poignant came from longtime collaborator Emma Thompson, who released a statement that hinted at the depths of their rapport: “That intransigence which made him the great artist that he was—his indelible and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view.
I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.
People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny.
Thompson did, however, explain what might have happened to the couple since that infamous Joni Mitchell CD-orientated Christmas Day (which fits with the script editor’s confirmation that they stayed together in spite of it).