Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bob Hoskins Passes Away

The most beloved detective in Toontown has passed away. Actor Bob Hoskins, who played Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died at age 71. In 2012 Hoskins announced that he would be retiring from acting after making public his battle with parkinson's disease.

All over the internet there is an overwhelming outpouring of emotion from celebrities and fans alike for Bob Hoskins. People are noting his varied film achievements over the years. He starred in a colorful assortment of films, such as Hook, Mona Lisa, Mermaids, The Inner Circle, Super Mario Brothers, Hollywoodland, Snow White and the Huntsman and Pennies from Heaven. He set a new standard for actors when taking on the role of Eddie Valiant, making us fully believe toons and humans really can exist in the same world together.

In reality, Bob Hoskins was acting against nothing for that film, relying on the direction of Robert Zemeckis (and his own imagination) to make his work believable. This was well before the age of digital technology, and his performance was the important key to making the movie succeed. That it did - and he will always be remembered for his outstanding performance in this classic cartoon-noir movie, as well as his many other wonderful films.