Oh. My. God. I actually get to break a tie. I feel so powerful. So mighty. And so . . . damn . . . frustrated.
This is not an easy decision.
When it comes to Alan Rickman’s work, there is simply too much awesomeness to go around. As of this morning we had a three-way tie: Hans Gruber from Die Hard, Severus Snape from Harry Potter, and Metatron from Dogma. These are all excellent roles.
But we don’t believe in ties at My Geek Blasphemy—not for first place, anyway—so your favorite Alan Rickman role in the history of brilliant Alan Rickman roles is . . .
I adore Metatron with every bit of my snarky, agnostic heart, and Rickman brings Snape to life for me in a way that actually transcends the book, but Hans Gruber is one of my favorite cinematic villains of all time. His performance is both elegant and hilarious, and I simply cannot imagine Die Hard with any other actor in the role.
Third place goes to Alexander Dane from Galaxy Quest. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that movie, but I know at least half the time I laughed, it was at something he said. (Sam Rockwell, also, was particularly hysterical.)
Fourth place is a tie between the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. Again, the Sheriff is another one of my favorite villains—he’s so over the top in the best of ways—and there is something so sweet and perfect about Colonel Brandon that I just want to hug him every time I see that movie.
Last place goes to pretty much everything else—Marvin, Jamie, Judge Turpin, and Elliott Marston received no votes. I’m sure they were good performances (I haven’t seen two of the films) but clearly, they were no match for the awesome might of Hans Gruber.
In conclusion: Alan Rickman is a god!