Alan Rickman's lesser-known roles: Dancing the tango and performing spoken word
Rest in peace
As tributes pour in for Alan Rickman, we remember the late actor through dance and spoken word — in two music videos for the Scottish band, Texas
Alan Rickman has held a lot of jobs in his life of 69 years. Widely known for the villainous nature of his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the morally-conflicted adulterous husband in Love, Actually, he's also dabbled in theatre, worked as a dresser and as a graphic designer before making his career switch.
As the Internet trawls his CV since the announcement of his passing, two lesser-known roles have resurfaced. While most unknown actors have found themselves cast in music videos before their big break (think: Star Wars' Daisy Ridley) Rickman starred in two music videos at the peak of his career.
Both were for the English band Texas. In 2000, the actor and lead singer Sharleen Spiteri played the roles of two escaped celebrities in the music video of In Demand. The duo are seen in the back of a chauffeured Bentley Azure before engaging in a heated tango at a gas station — because that's where unlikely romances bloom. Every shot of Rickman is that of a suave, rogue gent enraptured in ecstasy.
15 years on, the pair reunited again in 2015 for Texas' Start A Family, a track off their 25th anniversary release, Texas 25. Spiteri and Rickman seemed to have grown up, putting on sullen faces for this sombre retrospective of their relationship. Rickman indulges in a spoken word performance while clutching a necklace — one of sentimental value, perhaps. The late thespian also breaks out a line of song.
For his fans, Texas' discography will undoubtedly be the soundtrack for this mournful weekend.