It’s official: this year’s Oscars needs to be one 3-hour-long In Memoriam. The winners can pick up their statues in the parking lot.
The Hollywood Reporter says that another great is now gone. John Hurt died at the age of 77. It’s not known what John died of, but in 2015, he announced that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. John went through treatment and later in 2015, he said that his cancer was in remission.
Sir John was in a million classics and was memorable in all of them. He was in The Elephant Man, Alien, three Harry Potter movies, The Black Cauldron, Dogville, V for Vendetta, Snowpiercer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (“Why did you have to mention that one?” – Sir John, probably) and on and on and on. Recently, he played the priest that Jackie Kennedy has a deep talk with in Jackie. During his long career, he got two Oscar nominations (one for The Elephant Man and the other for Midnight Express). And on TV, Sir John was the War Doctor in Doctor Who.
Sir John once joked that he’s died so many times in movies that he probably holds the record.
“I don’t think anybody has died in films as often as I have. I think I’m probably in The Guinness Book of World Records.”
And on John Hurt’s YouTube page is a video titled The Many Deaths of John Hurt and it’s filled with 40 of his most famous death scenes. I hope the alien baby that popped out of his chest in Spaceballs greets Sir John at the gates of heaven with another rendition of Hello, Mah Baby, Hello, Mah Honey.
Rest in peace, Sir John Hurt. I will never forget the flawless Sharpie brows and impeccable rouge game you worked in I, Claudius.
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