Michael Gambon, who worked with Rickman on screen and in the theatre, spoke of the late actor with great warmth on BBC Radio 4.
“Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny. He had a great voice, he spoke wonderfully well. He was intelligent, he wrote plays, he directed a play. So he was a real man of the theatre and the stage and that’s how I think of Alan.”
Meanwhile, Matthew Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom, shared a touching tribute to the actor on Instagram.
“What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.”
Fellow Death Eater Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy, said the news of Rickman’s passing had knocked him for six.
“Sidestepped by the awful news today. The polar opposite of the icy, manipulating characters he became best known for, Alan was hilarious, warm-hearted and fabulous company. To witness his laser-like honesty and precision as an actor in the flesh was a rare privilege. A great artist and a lovely man.”
And Evana Lynch – aka Luna Lovegood – remembered a man “so kind and generous in the moments he wasn’t Snaping about.”
Am not prepared for a world without Alan Rickman. Such a beautiful soul. He was so kind & generous in the moments he wasn't Snaping about.❤️
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