Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times shared Thompson’s tribute which reads as follows:
Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye.
What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom, and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word.
That intransigence which made him the great artist that he was — his inedible and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.
He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him.
He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely.
He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again.
Alan will absolutely be missed by many and many stars have already poured their hearts onto social media saying nothing but good things about this man.
Emma and Alan appeared in Love Actually, Judas Kiss, Sense and Sensibility, The Song of Lunch, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix.