A little shallow fun

Earlier this morning I had a conversation with a friend in which I mentioned the fact that my mother finds the Bishop of London’s voice rather sexy. [Can I just say, I think that might the first time I’ve ever used the word ‘sexy’ on this blog, it’s an awful word…] The fact that my mother thinks this is deeply disturbing – not least because it proved to be something of a distraction when the Bishop came to preach at my church.

Friend responded with a comment about women finding the bizarrest men sexy. Even as he spoke, my weirdest crush immediately sprang to mind, so it really didn’t surprise me that the example he used was ‘that man who plays Professor Snape’, i.e. the immensely wonderful Alan Rickman.

This inevitably led me to look up this video, which I can pinpoint as the precise moment my crush began:

[Note to potential suitors: I am very easily pleased. All I need is to be engulfed in manly arms, have my hair stroked and spend a re-fuelling the car stop tangoing across a petrol station forecourt.]

The love of Alan Rickman spans the generations. Yes, he is just about old enough to be my grandfather. Yes, women of my mother’s age and beyond also find him hot. Yes, he looks a bit funny (have hope funny looking men!), but he has an amazing voice.

If you’re young and have missed out on this (or older and simply think I’m mental), I provide the following ‘must see’ list for your education and illumination:
Truly Madly Deeply (1991) – you’ll cry buckets and want to play the cello.
Dogma (1999) – he’s the Angel Gabriel and Alanis Morrisette’s God, what’s not to like?
Galaxy Quest (1999) – this is less about the lovely Alan and more about the fact that it’s a hilarious pastiche of the entire sci-fi genre.
Love, Actually (2003) – I don’t need to explain this, surely?
Snow Cake (2006) – it’s bleak and harrowing but an interesting indy film starring Sigourney Weaver as an autistic woman.
Sweeney Todd (2007) – he and Johnny Depp sing. Enough said.

And of course any of the Harry Potter franchise, though I’m particularly looking forward to how they bring Snape out in the final instalments…

Ahhhhh, do excuse me, I’m off to watch the video again and reminisce about the day my one-time landlady met him and taunted me with the photo of the two of them together.


  1. I love Alan Rickman. At my fantasy dinner party I want him to come as Snape: is that a bit weird?

    (There are some films there I’ve never seen. I’m off to hunt them out.)

    I think you’re totally right about slightly odd men. Men should take heart as it’s honestly not only about how you look.

  2. I don’t think that’s weird! Alan Rickman’s Snape has completely redeemed the character for me – now when I read them I hear his voice.

    Men get so funny about looks. Women definitely are no where near as looks-centred as men are!

  3. I had never seen that video before. How awesome! I totally fell for Alan Rickman in Truly Madly Deeply. And let’s not forget that he played the best Sheriff of Nottingham ever. Would completely have understood if Marian had chosen him over that wussy Kevin Costner.

  4. Erm, Liz, you’re missing Sense and Sensibility!!!!!!

  5. Toyed with including Sense & Sensibility, but it’s not one of my favourite Rickman performances, so left it out!

    And, I’m slightly ashamed to admit this, but I’ve never seen Robin Hood Prince of Thieves – I’m sure that’s a travesty.

  6. Ew.
    You are wrong.
    As wrong as you are about the Guardian and as wrong as your politics are.

  7. As three other women agree with me, you are clearly wrong and I am right.

    You are young, but you will learn…

  8. Hmmm. I love the lovely Rickman myself (though not in Die Hard – he’s not at his best when bearded).
    Never seen this video before, but loving it. Though he doesn’t seem very happy to be there I must say. Don’t get me wrong, dark, mysterious and moody are all good, but he could look at her with eyes glazed with [insert word of choice – love, lust or similar]. I’m just not feeling the love. Or is that just me?

    Becki my sweet – you are SO SO wrong. He’s rather fabulous. Though the actions of his character did disappoint me in Love, Actually – stupid male useless whatsit. And if we’re talking odd men that I find attractive – my personal one is Jeremy Irons in Die Hard with a vengeance. (that’s the 3rd one, right?)

  9. As if I know anything about the order of Die Hard films!

    You also need to watch last week’s Song of Lunch (Fri, BBC2) – a a dramatised poem starring Rickman & Emma Thompson. Again he’s a bit of a twit, but a lovely twit…

    Becki just needs to gain some taste in men. 😉

  10. Anonymous says:

    sorry I upset you, just read your comments. Bye, going, have fun.

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