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Robert Zemeckis Talks ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel, Bob Hoskins Says Original Drove Him Mad

October 29th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


Long delayed sequels seem to be a growing in popularity these days, and with movies like Ghostbusters 3 getting the greenlight, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that Robert Zemeckis is contemplating a follow-up to his 1988 classic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a film that used state-of-the-art technology to blend cartoons and live action. Zemeckis’ latest animated film, A Christmas Carol, is set to open November 8. He recently spoke to Harry Knowles of Aint It Cool News about the project:

I think that one of the great things that we can do in the digital cinema is we can represent the classic in a way that is more accessible to a modern audience. For example, I consider this to be a graphic novel version of [A] Christmas Carol.”

valiantThat may be one of the reasons he is contemplating putting together a sequel to his most beloved film. He told MTV News,

“I’ll tell you what is buzzing around in my head now that we have the ability—the digital tools, performance capture—I’m starting to think about Roger Rabbit.”

An all CGI sequel may be a frightening idea to contemplate, but it’s not nearly as scary as what Bob Hoskins went through during the making of the original Roger Rabbit. Hoskins, who played detective Eddie Valiant, tells the Daily Telegraph,

“I think I went a bit mad while working on that. Lost my mind. The voice of the rabbit was there just behind the camera all the time. You had to know where the rabbit would be at every angle. Then there was Jessica Rabbit and all these weasels. The trouble was, I had learnt how to hallucinate. My daughter had an invisible friend called Jeffrey and I played with her and this invisible friend until one day I actually saw the friend.”

Hoskins also hints that the role may have contributed to a nervous breakdown that broke up his first marriage. He says theater was his salvation:

“I used to go to see a psychiatrist in Harley Street but then my friend Verity said if you are going to have a nervous breakdown you should do it on stage as a one man show instead, so I did. ‘I wrote a play called The Bystander about a bloke looking through a hole in the wall and talking to pot plants. … I did the show and when the audience applauded at the end it was like something popping. I was fine after that.”

I guess this means that Hoskins won’t be appearing in the sequel. Zemeckis needn’t worry, though — he can just create a digital version of the Aussie actor, similarly to how he handled Crispin Glover‘s absence in Back to the Future II. You can view Hoskin’s descent into madness in the clip below, taken from The Making of Roger Rabbit featurette. Who knew that doing take after take of scenes where you have to imagine inanimate objects are living, breathing creatures could drive you so crazy?

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