Renowned filmmaker Rajamouli and actor Jr NTR expressed their grief and paid tribute to the late Hollywood star Ray Stevenson, who passed away unexpectedly in Italy on Sunday. Stevenson, known for his impressive performances, had played the villainous British governor in Rajamouli’s epic drama ‘RRR’. His infectious energy and vibrant presence on set left a lasting impression on the cast and crew.
Stevenson, a Northern Irish actor, had a remarkable career spanning 25 years, leaving his mark on various film franchises. He portrayed Volstagg, an Asgardian warrior, in the ‘Thor’ film series, showcasing his versatility and acting prowess. His role in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series, ‘Ahsoka,’ as the main antagonist had also garnered much anticipation among fans.
The sudden demise of the 58-year-old actor, just days before his 59th birthday, came as a shock to the industry. Reports stated that he fell ill while working on the production of the film ‘Cassino’ on the island of Ischia, where he was subsequently hospitalized.
Rajamouli, expressing his disbelief, took to Twitter to remember Stevenson. He shared a throwback picture from the sets of ‘RRR,’ describing the actor’s energy as infectious and expressing joy in working with him. The official Twitter page of ‘RRR’ also posted a behind-the-scenes picture of Stevenson filming a crucial action scene, highlighting his dedication and commitment.
Jr NTR, another prominent actor from ‘RRR,’ also expressed his shock and extended condolences to Stevenson’s family. Acknowledging their time working together, he praised the late actor’s professionalism and talent.
Even ‘Thor’ filmmaker James Gunn remembered Stevenson, reminiscing about their collaboration during the post-credits scenes of ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ Gunn shared fond memories of their interactions and praised Stevenson’s joyful presence on set.
Apart from his film roles, Stevenson also lent his voice to popular animated series like ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and ‘The Clone Wars.’ In the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ live-action series ‘Ahsoka,’ he portrayed the villainous character Baylan Skoll.
Ray Stevenson leaves behind a legacy of memorable performances and a dedicated fan base. His untimely demise has left a void in the entertainment industry, as he was admired for his talent, professionalism, and infectious energy. As the film fraternity and fans mourn his loss, Stevenson’s contributions to cinema will forever be cherished. May his soul rest in peace.