UPDATE: Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the films, has once again commented on Rickman’s passing, telling the Independent that Rickman “was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny.” Radcliffe also said, “He was just such an important man to me, not just as an actor. He came to see everything I ever did, he was an incredible man and friend. It’s just a huge loss to all of us.”
Plenty of Alan Rickman’s costars have commented on the actor’s death, but more tributes keep coming. Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” films, was the latest to speak out when he appeared on the Radio X Weekend Breakfast Show with Jon Holmes.
“Alan for me was a real inspiration,” Lewis said on the show. “He was a unique, one-of-a-kind actor, who on set was a pleasure to be around.”
He also described his time working with Rickman as “pretty special” and shared anecdotes about stepping on the back of Rickman’s cape when he was in costume as Severus Snape.
“He used to give me the darkest look,” Lewis said. “I just remember him being so lovely and so brilliant, but so incredibly intimidating when he was in the costume as Snape, stalking the corridors of Leavesden Studios and with his big robes flapping behind him every time he went around a corridor. No one could leave a room like Alan, when he’d swing his robes and storm out of the room.”
But as intimidating as Rickman was, he was still a kind, pleasant man who Lewis thanked at the end of filming and turned to for advice, which Lewis took–including Rickman’s suggestion to do theater.
“I don’t think my career would have carried on to the level it has done if I hadn’t had that opportunity. I owe him a great deal,” Lewis said of his conversation with Rickman.
Rickman also received praise from actor Kenneth Branagh, who played Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Branagh’s statements echoed Lewis’.
“My memories are of his generosity, particularly to younger actors,” Branagh said, before describing how he met Rickman as a young student actor at the age of 19.
“He sort of showed us how a professional actor behaved,” Branagh continued, and then went on to discuss how supportive Rickman was. “He was generous in the way that he gave back and consistent in the way that he gave back.”
Branagh also described Rickman as welcoming on the “Harry Potter” set. Rickman took Branagh around and introduced him to everyone.
“That was a classy, classy part of that guy,” he said.
Branagh was accepting the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, while Lewis will be appearing soon at Universal Studios’ Celebration of Harry Potter. He can currently be seen in the BBC and Amazon drama Ripper Street.
Rickman died last week at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Rima, and is known for his work in such films as “Sweeney Todd,” “Dogma,” “Galaxy Quest, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Die Hard,” and more.