If you didn’t already hear the sad news, actor Bob Hoskins died of pneumonia earlier this week.
Hoskins had already pretty much finished with his acting career, announcing his retirement in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011.
Although his acting career spanned the course of about four decades, Hoskins was best known for his role as Eddie Valiant in Touchstone’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. While the movie was about “toons” and their adventure in crossing over into our world, Valiant’s cynical attitude towards toons (including the reasons for that) and his redemption was really the central focus of the film. Hoskins (more than anything else) made that movie a success.
The funny thing is that Hoskins didn’t normally play this type of character through out his career. Grown-ups, just watch 2005’s “Unleashed” (though not with your kids) and you’ll see what I mean.
Rumors have flown throughout the years of an eventual sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, though without Hoskins I really don’t see that as a possibility now.
Thanks for the memories Bob!