Bob Hoskins will forever be missed by not only friends and family but also by his fans, but there are four facts about the actor that most do not know. Hoskins died from complications with pneumonia in the hospital at 71 years old. In 2012, Hoskins announced that he would be retiring from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, making his role in Snow White and the Huntsmen his last role. His most iconic role was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and he will always be remembered as the only man to play the real-life version of Mario from the Nintendo games.
Instead of focusing on his passing, people should remember Hoskins for the work he has left behind. Below are four facts about Hoskins that most people do not know.
Bob Hoskins had no clue that ‘Mario Bros.’ was a video game.
The film is generally thought to be one of the worst of all time, and Hoskins himself declared over the years that what he regrets most from his career is the Mario Bros. movie. The 45 million dollar film bombed in theaters and was blasted by critics, and he called it is his biggest disappointment, referring not only to how the film turned out, but also how during production, Hoskins felt miserable. John Leguizamo, who co-starred in the film, and Hoskins would get drunk just to be able to able to go through with filming. Hoskins was also injured various times while filming, once even breaking a finger. It was when he told his son the name of the new movie he was working on that he discovered he was playing a video game character.
Bob Hoskins picked scripts while on the toilet.
Hoskins had a particular system of choosing scripts to make. He had a rule that he would read the scripts while on the toilet, and if he read enough where his bum got cold, he knew it was a good script and he would take the role. Hoskins called the system “the cold bum technique.”
Bob Hoskins was almost Wolverine.
Before Brian Singer got a hold on the franchise, there were talks with James Cameron on making an X-Men film. The writer of the film’s first and only choice to play Wolverine was Hoskins. The movie was going to be produced by Cameron and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film was never made, and while it would have been awesome to see Hoskins slashing away at enemies, Hugh Jackman truly owns the role of Wolverine.
Bob Hoskins was paid not to be in a movie.
Bob Hoskins was picked to play the infamous gangster, Al Capone, in The Untouchables, but only in the case that Robert De Niro was not available. It was director Brian De Palma who sent Hoskins the script and asked him to be in the film, but only with the De Niro requirement in place. Since De Niro was available, he got the role. Hoskins forgot about the incident until one day, when he received a check in the mail for $200,000 and a thank you note from De Palma. Hoskins called De Palma and told him that if he had any other films he did not want him to be in, to call him.
These four facts about Bob Hoskins that are not readily known illustrate his interesting and diverse film career as well as the unique sense of humor he possessed. Although he is no longer alive, fans have only to view many of his classic films to keep him with them forever.
Opinion by Miguel A. Tamayo