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.