I don’t want to get into the various reasons why I (unlike so many people I know) am not utterly enthralled by the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and am not counting the days until the release of the big-screen movie, but I have to say it was a stroke of genius to cast Alan Rickman as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android. Can’t you just hear that lovely, contemptuous voice saying:

Do you want me to sit in a corner and rust or just fall apart where I’m standing?

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