The passing of legendary actor Alan Rickman hit the world pretty hard last week, with everyone from Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, to Emma Thompson flooding to social media to honor the actor who, despite his gruff appearance, was almost universally viewed by his peers as one of the kindest souls in Hollywood.

It’s a sentiment that Rickman’s Galaxy Quest co-star, Tim Allen, seemed to share while looking back at the time the two spent together on set. In an op-ed written for THR, Allen shared some behind-the-scenes memories of the pair’s rocky start and the friendship that formed thereafter, as well as the major news regarding a possible Galaxy Quest revival:

“I don’t think he liked me all that much when we first started shooting Galaxy Quest. I was a stage performer, a concert comic, and I was coming into this group of very polished thespians — Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell and Tony Shalhoub and then Alan adding his English roots."

“But then, one day on the set, Alan came to me and apologized. He said he mistook my behavior for lack of commitment. And we became very fast friends.”

Allen recalls an evening in particular where Rickman showed up at his house with a bottle of wine and a tub of Haagen-Dass as a peace offering, calling back to a self-deprecating joke Allen had made on set about his less-than-prestigious acting origins.

“I used to joke he had studied with Uta Hagen. I’m just bullshitting like I know any of this. I said well that’s where I went. I went to the Uta Haagen-Dazs School. On the day we turned into friends he came to my house with a bottle of wine and chocolate Haagen-Dazs as a peace offering and said, ‘This is for you because whoever taught you taught you very well.’”

It would be hard not to agree. Aside from containing one of Allen’s finest on-screen performances – the “we lied” scene in particular sill hits harder after repeat viewings than it has any right to -- Galaxy Quest also boasts one of the Shakespeare Company veteran’s more memorable characters: Dr. Lazarus of Tev'Meck. Rickman, who said playing the role of a former “dignified” stage star-turned-schlock TV punchline “hit a little too close to home” at times, clearly relied upon his own experiences as inspiration to create Lazarus’ glib, woefully depressed, and ultimately scene-stealing doctor of the NSEA Protector.

But beyond simply paying tribute to his former co-star, Allen also hinted at what could be a huge piece of news for Galaxy Quest fans:

“I’m not supposed to say anything — I’m speaking way out of turn here — but Galaxy Quest is really close to being resurrected in a very creative way. It’s closer than I can tell you but I can’t say more than that. The real kicker is that Alan now has to be left out. It’s been a big shock on many levels.”

The “resurrection” Allen speaks of is more than likely the spinoff television show that Amazon put into production back in August, the details of which have remained fiercely under wraps. While it’s hard to say how the loss of Rickman would affect this potential series – he is simply irreplaceable as Dr. Lazarus and was a big part of what made Galaxy Quest the hit that it was, after all – we do know how the crew of the Protector would handle things.

“Never Give Up, Never Surrender!”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter