Fare Thee Well, Mr. Smee

Fare Thee Well, Mr. Smee

I am completely shattered/gutted/sad. I woke up to find the world just a little bit sadder today. Bob Hoskins has passed away.

250px-SmeeBobHoskinsThis man was one of my favorite actors, not because of his big roles, but because of his small ones. Mr. Hoskins brought a sense of humour and fun to his work, but it was most evident in the lesser characters he played. Even in his more serious roles, there was always something about him that made me smile. He was one of those people I would have liked to have met. He had an engaging smile, and such an open, honest face. The world is truly going to miss one of it’s brightest lights.

I have been crying since I read the news. This one has hit me pretty hard. It’s just so heartbreaking. There are some people in this world that take hold in your heart even though you don’t know them, have never met them, and may not ever meet them. This man is one of those for me.

His last role was in Snow White & the Huntsman. He stopped acting after that due to Parkinson’s Disease. He had many wonderful roles. Harold Shand in The Long Good Friday, Benito Mussolini in Mussolini and I, George in Mona Lisa, and, of course, no one will ever forget Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which definitely brought him to America’s attention. (I still get teased about that movie-Ms. Rabbit & I share a name.) But I loved him as Lou Landsky in Mermaids, and, most of all, as Mr. Smee in Hook. My oldest son even knows him, though, I doubt he knows why. Mr. Hoskins was Mario in Super Mario Bros, opposite John Leguizamo’s Luigi.

Bob Hoskins had a very full acting career, and I was saddened to learn of his retirement. I understand that no one lives forever, and I wouldn’t want anyone to live a life that’s less than full, of lesser quality than they deserve. But some deaths are just too sad, and almost too hard to bear.

Mr. Hoskins, you were an outstanding actor, a good man, and a bright light. You brought me laughter and tears (in such good ways), and I will always remember you for that. I know I’m not alone in that. Farewell, sir.

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