It would be hard enough for any actor to pull off miming songs yet he did it with such gusto that it was like watching life come into the world.
I remembered his name and when the movie The Long Good Friday was pimped and having its premiere (on Good Friday!) in New York City, I went to see it just to watch Hoskins. He was again revelatory, with a final shot of him that can’t be compared to anything else in film history.
Even when he had a minor role — such as a manic repairman in Brazil — you could feel the energy within him waiting to be unleashed.
He was amazing and one of a kind. He did great work and will be missed.
After the break, some video.