Bob Hoskins 1942-2014

The great Bob Hoskins has passed on last night at the age of 71. Whether you knew his fine work as the ambitious gangster from The Long Good Friday, the detective lost in Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or as the haplessly incompetent Central Services repairman in Brazil, the actor excelled at playing slightly put upon blue collar types in odd environments. The ultimate ‘easy casting’ of his career was a total disaster as a certain video game plumber in spectacularly awful 1990s adaptation of Nintendo’s mascot video game character Mario. And it was a shame that his last film was having his head CGI grafted onto another actors body in Snow White and the Huntsman as one of the dwarves, because outside special effects and tacky pop culture, he did his best work. Hoskins was (and is) considered one of the Britain’s cinematic greats of his generation and will be missed.

The Telegraph has more.

13 comments

  1. To me, he will always be Eddie Valiant

  2. ultimolee

    Mona Lisa (my personal favourite), The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, TwentyFourSeven and he’s such a great creepy bastard in Felicia’s Journey. He was also in some dreadful shit but you always remembered him.

    The only good thing about the news is he won’t have to suffer through Parkinson’s disease anymore.

    For a long time he was British cinema. RIP

  3. ultimolee

    Damn it!

  4. Jonathan

    This is one of those actor deaths that feels like a punch in the gut.

    Of course, like many young kids, Roger Rabbit was my introduction to him, but in college, I made a point to watch his filmography. The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa are as good as it gets. Loved Hoskins. I’m going to rewatch The Long Good Friday this weekend.

  5. Another shout out to Roger Rabbit, although Hook was one of the first videos I owned so I watched the crap out of that as a kid (crap being the operative word – I enjoyed it at the time at least). My favourite performance of his was in Twenty Four Seven, a film where he really got to show his range.

  6. I remember being quite excited for the SUPER MARIO BROTHERS film when it came out. Then again, I was 11 at the time (I’ve only rewatched the film once since 1993).

    • Jonathan

      I saw it probably 10 times on HBO back in the day and I, like you, was a kid, so I had a strange fondness for it, even though I wondered what in the hell any of it had to do with the Mario from the video games that I knew so well. As an adult, I’ve rewatched it once because the full movie was posted to YouTube in HD (maybe it still is). It’s hilarious, in ways that it didn’t intend to be.

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