Gavin Hood was elated when Alan Rickman agreed to play a Lieutenant General in his drone-warfare drama Eye In The Sky. What Hood never wanted, though, was for Sky to be remembered as Rickman’s final live-action film. Our industry reeled when we lost Rickman earlier this year, and as Eye In The Sky reaches theaters, it’s giving us one more opportunity to appreciate all that Rickman could do in a role.
Eye In The Sky opened the Sun Coast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival this week, where Gavin Hood came and spoke to the press about his military thriller (starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul), and the weight that Alan Rickman brought to the screen. "I think Alan represents the best of human dignity and intelligence and wit and frankly presence, and the man had this phenomenal presence without in any way being overbearing," Hood told me in an exclusive interview. In fact, the way Hood explained it, his time on set with Alan Rickman was a complete and total surprise… in the best way possible. Hood explained:
Why does Alan Rickman have to be gone? Of course, his legacy will last ana eternity, thanks to his incredible work in films like Die Hard, the Harry Potter franchise, Love, Actually, Galaxy Quest and, yes, Eye in the Sky. But stories like this just remind us that we lost an incredible artist, and a brilliant collaborator.
Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul, has opened in limited release. It will continue to add theaters in the coming weeks. See it. For Alan.
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