Bob Hoskins: His Greatest Quotes

Remembering the English actor, who passed away this week

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The English actor Bob Hoskins died this week. He was famous for his roles in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Nixon – as well as a string of BT adverts in the 90s. 

Frequently cast as gangsters and wide-boys, Hoskins never took himself – or his career – too seriously, and his public persona was of a cheerful cockney riding his luck in Hollywood.

But in films like Shane Meadow's 1997 debut Twenty Four Seven, in which he played a boxing instructor trying to tame boys in an English working class town, Hoskins proved there was far more to him than that. It was an unforgettable performance, subtle and full of heart.

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It was the same depth he would show when it came to discussing family and marriage, topics he was took more seriously than the acting game.

He we round up the late actor's most memorable quotes.

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"I've played so many historical characters because most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men."

"I realised one day that men are emotional cripples. We can't express ourselves emotionally, we can only do it with anger and humour. Emotional stability and expression comes from women."

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"[On the set of Hook] We had Dustin Hoffman 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!'"

"Monogamy is a possibility – and a necessity. Kids have got to have something they can rely on. You have got to have something you rely on."

"The worst thing I ever did? 'Super Mario Bros.' It was a f**kin' nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks, their own agent told them to get off the set! F**kin' nightmare. F**kin' idiots."

On ever doing the BT adverts again: "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!"

"I'm very romantic. I've emptied flower shops."

"Money's very handy, let's face it."

"When you get to my age, what you want is the cameo. You get paid a lot of money. You fly in for a couple of weeks. Everybody treats you like the crown jewels. It's all great and if the film turns out to be a load of s**t, nobody blames you.

"I'm Winnie the Pooh - that's as sexy as I am. I meet ladies and they talk about their family and I talk about my family. It's about as sexy as a bag of Brussel sprouts."

"What do I owe my parents? Confidence. My mum used to say to me, 'If somebody doesn't like you, f*ck 'em, they've got bad taste.'"

"What would I have done if I wasn't an actor? Probably rob banks."

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