Bob Hoskins reported dead
That’s the word that comes to my mind when I think of characters played by Bob Hoskins.
Of course, that’s not fair…Hoskins played a lot of different types. After all, the actor was nominated for an Oscar (for Mona Lisa), three Golden Globes (winning once), and four BAFTAs (again, winning once).
I guess part of it is how strongly I associated Bob Hoskins with Who Framed Roger Rabbit as the hard-boiled detective Eddie Valiant, doggedly uncovering the truth…on behalf of a cartoon rabbit.
That wasn’t the first time I’d seen Bob Hoskins, or even the actor’s first geek-friendly role.
I remember what a surprise it was at the time for a British actor to do an American accent…now, of course, they pretty much all do it, but back then, Bob Hoskins was a pioneer.
That wasn’t it, though: bringing a real empathy to interactions with Roger Rabbit, who wasn’t only a cartoon…but could be truly annoying, struck a chord. It was a member of the mainstream (albeit on the periphery) standing up for a true outsider. We geeks appreciate that.
Bob Hoskins’ geek-friendly roles include:
- Brian Clemens’ 1970s TV version of Thriller
- Pennies from Heaven TV series
- Pink Floyd The Wall
- Terry Gilliam’s Brazil
- Steven Spielberg’s Hook (as Smee)
- The live action Super Mario Bros. (as Mario)
- Rainbow (with Dan Aykroyd)
- Balto (as Boris the Goose)
- The Forgotten Toys
- Tales from the Crypt
- Spice World (yes, the Spice Girls movie)
- Michael (the Nora Ephron movie about an angel, with John Travolta)
- Don Quixote (Sancho Panza to John Lithgow’s Don Quixote)
- The Lost World (as Prof. Challenger)
- A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig to Jim Carrey’s Scrooge)
- Neverland (TV miniseries with Keira Knightley…as “Mr. Smee”)
- Pinocchio (as Geppetto)
- Snow White and the Huntsman (as Muir)
Good-bye, Bob Hoskins…the world is less sure of itself without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.