The Die Hard director reflects on his work with the late Alan Rickman
die hard director John McTiernan reflects on his work with the late Alan Rickman. Released in 1988, die hard is now widely regarded as one of the best action movies of all time. The film is largely responsible for cementing Bruce Willis as an action star, with the actor playing New York cop John McClane, who must foil a terrorist plot while visiting his home. woman in Los Angeles. die hard was followed by four sequels, the most recent of which, A good day to die hardis widely regarded as one of the franchise’s weakest entries.
While Willis remains a star of the original die hard, it’s Rickman’s villain, Hans Gruber, who is one of the film’s most memorable aspects. Gruber, a suave and calculating German terrorist, is determined to steal the value of a bearer bond safe and isn’t afraid to kill innocent civilians who get in his way. The film ends, in iconic fashion, with Gruber falling to his death from the top floor of Nakatomi Plaza. Rickman, who is now also known for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and for his role as Snape in Harry Potter franchise, sadly passed away in 2016.
In a new interview on The Empire Movie PodcastMcTiernan reflects on his experience working with Rickman on die hardexplaining that he first learned of the actor’s existence through the play Dangerous relationships. Director Calls Rickman”nice, sweet and pleasant“, but reveals that after this piece and after die hard, the actor always struggled to land roles that reflected this, as he was typecast as a villain. Check out McTiernan’s full comment on Rickman below:
“Such a strange thing. He had discovered this character while doing Dangerous Liaisons because he was a very good actor. And everyone wanted him to do that, but he spent the rest of his career trying not to. To be the kind, gentle, pleasant man that he really was, in fact. It was kind of, you know, a tragedy of commercialism, because he went from doing us to doing the same things with the Sheriff of Nottingham and all that nonsense and he wanted to do different kinds of things.
Although Rickman has appeared in a number of villainous roles, it should be noted that Snape in the Harry Potter franchise ends up being one of the most heroic characters in the entire saga. Despite this, it is clear that die hard had a huge impact on the late actor’s career and the kinds of roles he was able to land in the future, as McTiernan suggests. Even in his other best-known roles, including those of love in fact and Galactic Questthe actor plays very flawed characters, and although they are ultimately redeemed, the roles do not seem to embody the qualities described by McTiernan.
The director isn’t alone in his assessment of Rickman, and many of the late actor’s co-stars, including those of Harry Potter, also described him as an absolute pleasure to work with. So it’s a testament to his acting talent that he has portrayed many memorable villains so wonderfully over the course of his career, even though he wanted to branch out into other types of characters. During the game die hardHans Gruber may have gotten Rickman started in Hollywood, it’s clear that being exceptionally good at your acting job can sometimes have unintended consequences.
Source: The Empire Movie Podcast