This week Britain lost one of its most widely-loved and successful actors. Bob Hoskins, who retired from acting in 2012 due to Parkinson's disease, died two days ago aged 71 following a short bout of pneumonia.
Dickens article for WhatCulture!, and it's long been available on DVD if you want to check it out.
Michael Clarke Duncan, Hoskins was someone who could improve almost any film simply by being in it. Hook is an overblown, waterlogged mess of a film, and yet for every second he is on screen as Smee, it starts to hold together and make more sense. His cameo in Pink Floyd - The Wall, as Pink's long-suffering manager, serves as a perfect segue into the nightmarish hallucinations of 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Waiting For The Worms'. Even Super Mario Bros., which he subsequently disowned, has moments where his talent begins to make the experience more bearable.
Nixon or Spoor in Brazil.
click here to listen to The Movie Hour podcast I recorded on it for Lionheart Radio back in 2011. I also recommend checking out this interview he gave with The Guardian in 2007, in which he talks about his career and acting process. RIP.