I was saddened to hear that Bob Hoskins announced his retirement from acting earlier today. BBC reported on the news with his statement:
“He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.”
Saddened I am, but with the understanding that a dude has to do what a dude has to do. And Bob Hoskins was a dude. A legend. One of the greats – and not just for his most well-known role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (which is, I might add, a fucking stellar film that has definitely held up against the test of time).
But when I first went to college and discovered that my campus library had an insane amount of awesome British films on hand, I devoured Hoskins’s movies that I, as a child, had never known existed. Watching The Long Good Friday in my dorm room on a humid Florida night, I was absolutely stunned at the ending and sat in silence for a while trying to take it all in. The next night, I watched it again. From there, I was equally in awe of his performance in Mona Lisa. I took in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The Raggedy Rawney, A Prayer for the Dying, and The Big Freeze. Hell, I even have a soft spot for the abomination that is Super Mario Bros. because of Hoskins.
I was always waiting for a resurgence of Hoskins’s leading man career. He’s always worked steadily, but after watching all his starring roles throughout the 80s, I wondered why he was no longer a leading actor. 2005′s Mrs. Henderson Presents and 2007′s Ruby Blue (buy it here) showed that he could still be a leading man with a stellar performance, but unfortunately, few paid any attention. Still, his career has been nothing short of stellar.
So hey, let’s talk about Bob Hoskins and wish him well. Let’s talk about our favorite movies starring Bob Hoskins. Or rank your favorite performances. Or just talk about how cool Eddie Valiant was.