Remembering David Bowie and Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman and David Bowie together

Two legends gone at the age of 69. I am so shocked and gutted. They are English artists who both died of cancer within four days of each other.

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)
For me, Heroes will forever encapsulate David Bowie’s genius. It is a song I can’t get bored of, featured in films such as Moulin Rouge and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day
We can be Heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?

And of course, Space Oddity sets the tone perfectly for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

David Bowie in The Prestige filmHowever, let’s not forget the remarkable on-screen work he’s done. I may be neglecting to mention the most well-known performances he’s done, but my personal favourites include his portrayal of Nikola Tesla in The Prestige  and him featuring as a more brash version of himself in Ricky Gervais’ show, Extras.


Check out his hilarious interview about being on the show:


Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016)
Alan Rickman in Harry PotterAlan Rickman will forever be known to my generation as the fantastical almost-villain everybody loves to love, Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies.

“I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death.” – Snape

I will also remember him from a film I watched years and years ago called Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

A fantastically well-spoken performer (who was forever impersonated on chat shows), whose voice will forever be associated with Absolem the blue caterpillar in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Thankfully he completed the second instalment to the Alice in Wonderland series, Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch are two of many celebrities who impersonate Alan Rickman regularly, but Family Guy might just take the cake:

I figured your legendary statuses would prevent you guys from passing away somehow… Rest in peace you glorious human beings.


David Bowie riding lightning tigerPS. I can only hope that David Bowie will forever be remembered as a majestic guy who rode a tiger made of lightning.

About NZ Film Freak

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. Currently working in marketing, and writing fiction in my spare time. I love to write about movies on this blog when I can. I also do paid reviews and voiceovers via Fiverr (nzfilmfreak).
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