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Why "Dogma" Is Alan Rickman's Most Important Movie

Remembering the actor's role as Metatron, the angel who serves as the Voice of God.

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Back in 1999, after many successes in theatre and TV roles, Alan Rickman took a role in Dogma, a comedy directed by Kevin Smith.

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Dogma became a cult classic, and following the death of the beloved actor, many fans of Alan Rickman said his performance as Metatron – the angel who serves as the Voice of God – was how they'd remember him.

BRB, watching Alan Rickman movies and weeping intermittently all day. Maybe just Dogma on repeat.

I want to just sit here and watch Dogma. Honestly such a funny movie and Alan Rickman as Metatron makes me laugh so hard.

Alan Rickman in Dogma is what started my love for him. I'm going to watch that movie today.

In the movie, Rickman's perfect as the disgruntled angel.

I'll always remember Alan Rickman as #Metatron from #Dogma

How can you forget the moment he tries to explain who he is to Bethany?

Or, er, this moment.

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His character captured how we all feel when we're fresh out of ideas – and what to do about it.

Rest In Peace Alan Rickman, will be watching dogma in honor of your memory today... 💖

Rickman's delivery of Metatron's sarcastic rants are flawless.

A muchos, Alan Rickman les marcó como Snape. Yo, en lo personal, no puedo olvidar su Metatrón en "Dogma".

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In fact, only Alan Rickman could deliver Metatron's sharp insults.

Many remember Alan Rickman for Die Hard or Harry Potter, but his performance in Dogma was an absolute gem.

Or silly humour, too.

This is MY Alan Rickman #dogma

He even finishes off the movie in style, rocking up with his best pal, God (played by Alanis Morrisette).

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Behind the scenes, Rickman was close pals with the other cast members, such as Salma Hayek and Chris Rock.

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Rickman simply embodied his role as Metatron, the angel who gave no fucks.

Alan Rickman right now reading your 'RIP Snape' tweets

You can watch Rickman's best moments from Dogma in this video:

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Director Kevin Smith paid tribute to the beloved actor on Facebook with this post:

One of my favorite people who ever lived has died. The legendary #AlanRickman played Metatron, the Voice of God, in my 4th film #Dogma. Alan was the first non-friend who signed up to the flick, but he became a great friend in record time. In this pic, he holds the Ken doll his Dogma character's lack of genitalia was modeled after. I'll never forget his incredible dulcet tones guffawing at the rubber crotch makeup he was wearing: one of the greatest actors who ever lived, tickled by a cinematic lack of a dick. I loved Hans Gruber the minute I saw #DieHard but I fell in love with the soft-spoken gentle soul who brought Gruber to life. Thank you for lending a hack like me your artistry and your credibility, Alan. You were never Snape to me as much as you were the adult Harry Potter himself: a bonafide wizard who could conjure absolute magic using merely words. He was a HUGE cauldron of win, this man. I'll miss him forever. Rest in Peace, Voice of God. Back to Heaven, where you came from...

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman <3

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Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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