R.I.P Bob Hoskins

Saddened today to hear of the death of Bob Hoskins, the man who became an actor by accident. He had accompanied a friend to an audition and was mistaken for someone coming to read for a role. Handed a script and told “You’re next” he got the part.

The rest, as they say, is history.

He (along with Michael Caine) was my favourite British actor, and I remember him especially in two films at each end of the movie spectrum: The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I especially remember that last movie due to a friend’s throwaway comment about the animated character Jessica Rabbit, that stayed with me:

How can a cartoon rabbit be sexy?

Though she wasn’t exactly a rabbit, but still.

R.I.P to a great British actor.

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