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Alan Rickman’s Top 10 Performances

on January 14, 2016, 5:00pm
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10. Grigori Rasputin

Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)

I am far and away the least qualified candidate to speak on the historical accuracy where Russian royalty is concerned, I barely passed AP World History as a teenager. However, where Rasputin comes in, only two names follow – Christopher Lloyd of Anastasia fame and the drunken antics of Alan Rickman’s (not so metaphorical) dick-waving turn at portraying one of human civilization’s most notorious occultists. Sure, he ain’t Russian (or German or anything else), but just look at his grime; look at his madness. Rasputin is Rickman’s equivalent to Amadeus: a fictionalized, exaggerated, award-winning brilliance that we can see no other man taking on. Go ahead and challenge him. We dare you. After all, this is not a character that’s known for dying easy. –David Buchanan

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