Farewell to Bob Hoskins

Bob HoskinsI had the great privilege to interview Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71, on the release of two films, both late in his career. He was in Mrs Henderson Presents and also in Hollywoodland. Two very different films, two very different performances. It is easy – and wholly inaccurate – to tag Hoskins as a Cockney actor. He was far more than that. In fact he could play English and American with ease. He was a screen tough guy and a playful comedian. An epitome of the British screen actor, he enjoyed a 40-year career that was cut short by illness. I enjoyed meeting him and watching him on screen. There are several classic roles and classic films. They include The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Sweet Liberty, twentyfourseven, Nixon and Last Orders. He was a good man and he will be missed. Bye, Bob. Bless your heart.

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