Emma Thompson, longtime friend of the late Alan Rickman, has released a heartbreaking statement to pay tribute to her ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’ co-star who she calls her “ultimate ally”.
Speaking in a statement published by Newsweek, she said: “Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.
“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.
“He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him.
“He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely.
“He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.”
Rickman died on Thursday aged 69 following a secret battle with cancer.
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