Acclaimed actor Bob Hoskins, who died of pneumonia this week aged 71, starred in his first role at sea when he filmed in Whitby in the town’s most successful ever year.
In 1997 – the same year Whitby attracted thousands with the Endeavour visits, Hoskins led a star-studded cast to shoot scenes for the multi-million pound film Captain Jack, which was loosely inpired by Whitby seafarer Jack Lammiman.
Hoskins played the lead role of the skipper who followed in the footsteps of Scoresby and embarked on a 3,000-mile-round-trip to the Arctic on his boat the Helga Maria.The film also starred Maureen Lipman, Sadie Frost, Gemma Jones and Anna Massey.
In an exclusive interview with the Whitby Gazette, Hoskins spoke of his love for the town and said: “I am very impressed by Jack, he is an extraordinary fellow.”
He took time out to go sightseeing, visiting Whitby Abbey, buying photos from the Sutcliffe Gallery and of course, sampling our fish and chips.
Cast members were given sickness pills which made Hoskins feel rough, “but after that, I didn’t take any more pills and felt wonderful.”
Londoner Hoskins had to adopt his Cockney accent to speak like someone from Whitby, but said he loved the accent and found it easy to pick up.