About 30 minutes ago I logged onto Facebook and received some alarming news: Rik Mayall had passed away at 56. JEEZ.
Catch the article here: Rik Mayall: Comedian And Actor Dies Aged 56
He may not be a Robert Downey, Jr. or Johnny Depp level of celebrity but I liked everything I ever saw him in. He was a fantastic actor (and I suspect ad-libber). I first noticed him in Drop Dead Fred, a movie about a woman who starts seeing her imaginary friend everywhere she goes. And guess who played him? Rik Mayall. It’s actually quite a good movie, despite the ratings, and I still enjoy it to this day.
This is actually my most favorite scene from that movie:
One day I will ABSOLUTELY re-create this. With a group of friends. (I CLAIM FRED! *determined glare*)
But when I first saw him, technically, was in The Princess and the Goblin as Froglip. Well, it was animated, so I heard his voice. Froglip was the Prince Goblin who was cruel to everyone around him. He comes up with the ingenious plan of kidnapping and marrying the Princess so that his race can live up in the sun, rather than down in the caves like they had been.
Here’s the scene:
Actually I think Froglip was the first villain in my movie-geek childhood that I actually considered a villain. Which… is kind of rare… for me. I didn’t consider him misunderstood or dangerously attractive or anything (like *cough* Loki *cough*) But just… evil.
And finally, I also LOVE this video of Rik as King Herod in the 2000 version of Jesus Christ Superstar. (Also, bonus: Andrew Lloyd Webber *squee*)
Even though I haven’t seen the movies… I’ve only seen one live show, I think Rik does a great job. The scene really appeals to my love of the 1920s Flapper Era too. Kind of.
*sigh* It’s always hard when people pass away. But it’s a part of life. I seemed to grasp that at an early age. It’s not a disrespect to a person who passes away, however. It’s not like I’m thinking “Oh. That’s horrible. Oh well.” It’s more like I have a hope that I’ll see that person again when it’s my time to move on. That’s why I don’t dwell on the act of dying. Because, as one vessel is being put into the ground, the true spirit lives free from the constraints and troubles of life.
Not that life is a bad thing…
I’m praying for Rik’s family and friends in this time. And Rik himself. Although I didn’t know him personally, I feel like he’s in a great place with God. Rest in peace, birthday buddy (we shared the same month and day). You will be surely missed.