Farewell Bob Hoskins

by Editor | May 1, 2014 7:15 am

FAREWELL BOB HOSKINS – Bob Hoskins passed away on the night of and the world lost yet another truly remarkable actor.

Born Robert William ‘Bob’ Hoskins, October 26, 1942 he graced the silver screen in a number of memorable movies such as The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and indeed countless others.

Mr. Hoskins was also the recipient of the prestigious Prix interpretation masculine as well as being awarded a BAFTA for Best Actor in a leading role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor; in 2009 he was also give the International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his appearance on BBC One drama ‘The Street’.

Today Bob Hoskins daughter paid an emotional tribute to her father revealing that he left her with the 11 life lessons he had always taught her.

In her own words, Rosa Hoskins stated:

My darling Dad has died. I loved him to the ends of the earth and he loved me back just the same. These are the lessons he taught me, I will keep them close to my heart and remind myself of them whenever I stumble or falter.

They are his words; the words spoke so often to encourage, comfort and reassure. This isn’t general wisdom, rather advice that he tailor made just for me. I love you Dad.

1) Laugh. There’s humour to be found everywhere, even your darkest days there’s something to have a joke about. Laugh long and loud and make other people laugh. It’s good for you.

2) Be yourself. If someone doesn’t like you they’re either stupid , blind, or they’ve got bad taste. Accept who you are, you’ve got no one else to be. Don’t try to change yourself, there’s no point. Don’t apologise. Don’t make excuses. Be yourself and if anyone else doesn’t like it they can f*ck off.

3) Be flamboyant, it’s who you are and always have been. Be eccentric and unique. Don’t try to adapt yourself to someone else’s view of normal. That belongs to them, not you. Like yourself as who you are.

4) Don’t worry about other people’s opinions. Everyone’s a critic, but ultimately what they say only matters if you let it. Don’t believe your own press. People can just as easily sing your praises as they can tear you down. Don’t waste your time on things you can’t change. Let it slide off you like water off a duck’s back.

5) Get angry, it’s OK to lose your temper now and then. If anger stays in, it turns to poison and makes you bitter and sad. Get angry, say your peace, then let it go.

6) Whatever you do, always give it a good go. Don’t be afraid of failure and disappointment. If you fall flat on your face then get straight back up. You’ll always regret not trying. Disappointment is temporary, regret is forever.

7) Be generous and kind because you can’t take it with you. When you’ve got something to give, give it without hesitation.

8) Appreciate beauty, take pictures and make memories. Capture it, you never know when it’ll be gone.

9) Don’t take yourself too seriously. People who take themselves too seriously are boring.

10) Never, ever, ever, ever give up. Keep on punching no matter what your up against. You’re only defeated if you give up, so don’t give up.

11) Love with all your heart. In the end, love is the only thing that matters.

To Ms. Rosa, we have this… you’re father is gone but not forgotten, he brought joy and laughter with the characters he portrayed. It is a sad time but you are not alone for the world stands united in their grief alongside you.

For me Bob Hoskins was a remarkable actor and like so few he was able to turn his hand to anything and make it completely believable.  Testament to his skills as an actor lie in the performance of a London gangster in the movie the Long Good Friday and then being able to play alongside animated characters in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

He was by all intents and purposes one of the most diverse actors and once again the world has witnessed a loss that can never be replaced.

RIP Bob Hoskins – October 26, 1942 – April 29, 2014

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