Daniel Radcliffe Pens Heartfelt Tribute to Alan Rickman
"Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important, and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career."
The news of Alan Rickman's passing on Thursday provoked an instant outpouring of emotion from across the entertainment world.
But amid the tweets from co-stars and colleagues from both stage and screen, one of the most heartfelt tributes has come from the lead star of arguably Rickman's most famous films.
On his Google Plus page, Daniel Radcliffe wrote that Rickman was "undoubtedly one of the greatest actors" that he had ever worked with.
"He is also one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry," he added, claiming that Rickman was encouraging long after Harry Potter had finished. "I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. 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.' "
Radcliffe also wrote that, contrary to the "sterner (or downright scary) characters" that Rickman played, Rickman himself was "extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass."
On the Harry Potter set, despite their vast age differences (Radcliffe was just 11 when he was cast as the boy wizard), he said Rickman was one of the first adult actors to treat him "like a peer," rather than like a child.
"Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important, and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career," wrote Radcliffe.
"Film sets and theater stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man."
Adding her voice to Radcliffe's, Emma Watson tweeted that she felt "so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor."
Other Harry Potter actors who have spoken about working with Rickman include Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in six of the films.
"He was a great friend. Everybody loved Alan," Gambon told the BBC. "He was always happy, fun, always creative. And he had a great voice; he spoke wonderfully well."
Warwick Davis, who played Professor Filius Flitwick, said that Rickman, with whom he shared an agent, had an amazing presence.
"If he walked into a room, he was the kind of person you'd notice. A really lovely person, very genuine," he said. "It's a great loss to British film."
Davis added that he was "honored to have shared the head table at Hogwarts with such an actor."
Another Harry Potter alum to offer his thoughts was Mark Williams, who played Arthur Weasley.
"[Rickman] was so, so good in his skin, so consummate. He was brilliant, very brilliant," Williams told BBC Radio. "I've never seen anyone do a proper impersonation of him. He's one of those great British character actors. He could shape-shift."