Bob Hoskins reported dead

Bob Hoskins reported dead

Pugnacious.

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.

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