He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra", in a Royal National Theatre production at the Laurence Olivier Theatre in London, England with Helen Mirren, Finbar Lynch and Samuel West in the cast. Sean Mathias was director.
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[on his role in Die Hard
(1988)] As far as I'm concerned, I'm not playing the villain. I'm just playing somebody who wants certain things in life, has made certain choices, and goes after them.
Two researchers, a linguist and a sound engineer, found "the perfect [male] voice" to be a combination of Rickman's and Jeremy Irons
's voices based on a sample of 50 voices. Interesting enough, Rickman and Irons played villain brothers in the Die Hard franchise in the two films directed by John McTiernan
: Rickman played Hans Gruber in Die Hard
(1988) and Irons played his brother Simon in Die Hard
Often played depressive intellectuals in heroic roles