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Actress recalls Brighton film memory in tribute to Bob Hoskins
Updated 7:18pm Wednesday 30th April 2014 in News
Bob Hoskins, who famously filmed an intimate scene on Brighton's Palace Pier with Cathy Tyson for crime drama Mona Lisa, has died of pneumonia at the age of 71.
The lauded British actor lived in Chiddingly near Lewes but put his house on the market in August 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinsons.
Mr Hoskins, who died on Tuesday, won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated in 1987 for his part in Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane.
Tributes from across the globe have poured in for the star, including from Ms Tyson who played the elegant prostitute Simone to Hoskins' driver George, for which he won an Academy Award nomination for best actor.
She told the BBC he was "a gentleman" to work with and extended her condolences to his family and former colleagues.
She said: "I had a fantastic time with Bob on Mona Lisa. He helped me to be a better actress and I looked up to him and I developed a trust with him when I was performing with him.
"He just supported me in my career, it was such a comfortable, comfortable beginning, especially from him, I was very proud to work with him."
Recalling their filming together, Ms Tyson described an intimate scene they shared on Brighton Pier in which his character shed tears over his unrequited love for her.
Ms Tyson said: "He said, 'I think you can do that again, can't you', and I did, and all this emotion came from me, and I thought that was a turning point for me in my acting career because I thought, 'Oh dear, that's what acting's about is it, you go through an awful lot of pain and anguish to deliver the goods'.
"And I learnt something that day, and I'm really grateful to him for making me realise what acting can be about."
Ms Tyson agreed with Helen Mirren, his co-star in The Long Good Friday, in saying that he was not in any way sexist during filming at a time when many people in the business were, saying she "always felt very safe around him".
She described him as "an intelligent working-class man", a great family man who had an "industrious spirit" in creating his own projects.
She said: "I have not heard a bad word said about Bob Hoskins."
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