(This article is authored by Alar)
The Indian film industry is mourning the loss of Ray Stevenson, the Irish actor who played the villainous British governor in SS Rajamouli’s epic drama RRR. Stevenson died on Sunday, May 23, at the age of 58, four days before his birthday. He was reportedly hospitalised with a sudden illness while filming in Italy.
Stevenson was well-known for his roles in Hollywood films such as Thor, Punisher: War Zone, and Divergent. He also appeared in popular TV shows such as Rome, Vikings, and Dexter. He was set to star in the upcoming Star Wars series Ahsoka as an antagonist.
Rajamouli, the director of RRR, took to Twitter to express his grief over Stevenson’s death. He wrote, "Shocking ... Just can't believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy. My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace,"
The lead actors of RRR, Jr NTR and Ram Charan, also offered their condolences to Stevenson’s family and friends. Jr NTR tweeted, "Shocked to hear about Ray Stevenson's passing. Gone too soon. It was a great experience working with him. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and dear ones during this difficult time,"
According to reports, the actor was hospitalised after falling sick suddenly on the island of Ischia while working on the production work on the film 'Cassino'.
Ram Charan wrote, “Shocking and deeply saddened with news of Ray Stevenson passing away. Rest In Peace Dear Scott, you'll be remembered forever.” Stevenson played the role of Sir Scott, the governor of Delhi who oppresses the freedom fighters played by Jr NTR and Ram Charan in RRR.
The film, which released on 24th March 2022, was a huge blockbuster and won Oscars, for Best Original Song. Stevenson’s fans and admirers also paid tribute to him on social media, remembering his performances and his personality. Many called him an “old warrior at heart” and a “force of nature” who brought life to every character he played.
He was 56 years old when we were shooting this difficult scene but he did not hesitate while performing this stunt.— RRR Movie (@RRRMovie) May 23, 2023
We will forever cherish having you on the sets of #RRR, Ray Stevenson.
Gone too soon 💔 pic.twitter.com/LdzecSIO2H
Shocked to hear about Ray Stevenson's passing. Gone too soon. It was a great experience working with him. May his soul rest in peace.— Jr NTR (@tarak9999) May 23, 2023
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and dear ones during this difficult time.
Shocking... Just can't believe this news. Ray brought in so much energy and vibrancy with him to the sets. It was infectious. Working with him was pure joy.— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) May 23, 2023
My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/HytFxHLyZD