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In memory of the great Bob Hoskins who passed away on 30th April 2014, we thought we’d take a look at some of his highlights.
Bob Hoskins was raised in Finsbury Park, London, and left school with just a single O Level, but that never stopped him from being successful. The Londoner scooped up awards and became a household name through his successful run of family friendly roles, despite his foul-mouthed disposition in reality. The quick witted and funny actor spent his early working as a porter, lorry driver and window cleaner. He worked on a three-year accountancy course but dropped out, but he left this world as success. Here are some of his most memorable quotes…
Bob Hoskins best moments Hook and Roger Rabbit
On life:
“I am fairly rich. Money’s very handy, let’s face it.”
Bob Hoskins
“I’d say I am partial to women.”
Bob Hoskins
On acting:
“I’ve played so many historical characters because most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men.”
Bob Hoskins
“I’ve watched films and even forgotten I’m in them.”
Bob Hoskins
“I started my career by becoming a stalker, watching women in the street, the way they greet each other. I thought if I could capture some of that expression, that depth of emotion, it will make me interesting to watch as an actor.”
Bob Hoskins
On Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
“It really is a barmy, awful experience. Everything is blue. Things start to lose their meaning. On ‘Roger Rabbit’ I’d go out and see weasels pulling people’s hair – you really start to hallucinate to make it all work. I thought I was going mad, going f**king potty.”
Bob Hoskins
On Hook:
“We had Dustin [Hoffman] on the set apologising for making ‘Ishtar’. And [Steven] Spielberg apologising for ‘1941’ and Robin Williams jumping in and saying: ‘I apologise for ‘Cadillac Man’. I was sitting there and shouted ‘Well, I apologise for f**king nothing!'”
Bob Hoskins
On doing BT Adverts:
“You’re joking, intcha? I couldn’t believe it. It was un-be-lie-va-ble. The worst thing that happened to me was Madonna getting stalked by a fella called Bob Hoskins, and I had f*ckin’ hundreds of people come up to me, and say ‘It’s good to stalk.’ B*stards! Hahaha!”
Bob Hoskins
And finally…
“It’s your life, live it your way.”
Bob Hoskins