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Snow White and the Huntsman (movie)

Bob Hoskins continually transformed and transcended

Bob Hoskins continually transformed and transcended

"Five-foot-six-cubic" is how Bob Hoskins described his dense, brick-like physique, and in his career as one of Britain's most familiar and reliable screen actors Hoskins was compared to all sorts of non-human entities. A bulldog. A fireplug. A face like "a damaged potato," in the words of critic Pauline Kael. Hoskins used to say this about himself: "the wrong name on the right list." Thanks to his friend and frequent colleague Michael Caine, who brought the roots, aura and defiance of a working-class striver to characters all across the socioeconomic spectrum, Hoskins found decades of work playing a similarly wide range of men. The actor was diagnosed...

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