Director SS Rajamouli remembered actor Ray Stevenson, who played the villainous British governor, on Tuesday RRR, as someone who brought “contagious” energy to the film’s sets.
Stevenson died in Italy on Sunday, four days before his 59th birthday, his publicist confirmed to entertainment website Variety. There was no cause of death.
In a Twitter post, Rajamouli said he was shocked to learn of the Irish actor’s death.
“…I just can’t believe this news. Ray brought so much energy and vibrancy to the sets. It was contagious. Working with him was a pure pleasure. My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace,” the filmmaker captioned a throwback photo with Stevenson RRR Sentences.
Shocking… I just can’t believe this news. Ray brought so much energy and vibrancy to the sets. It was contagious. Working with him was pure joy.
My prayers go to his family. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/HytFxHLyZD
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) May 23, 2023
The official Twitter page of RRR shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the late actor filming a key action scene in the film.
“He was 56 years old when we shot this difficult scene, but he didn’t hesitate when performing this stunt. We will forever cherish having you on the set of #.RRR, Ray Stevenson. “Gone way too soon,” the tweet reads.
He was 56 years old when we shot this difficult scene, but he didn’t hesitate to pull off this stunt.
We will always remember having you on the sets of #RRRRay Stevenson.
Gone way too soon 💔 pic.twitter.com/LdzecSIO2H
— RRR Movie (@RRRRMovie) May 23, 2023
During his 25-year career, Stevenson also played Volstagg, an Asgardian warrior Thor Films and a member of the 13th Legion in the BBC/HBO drama series Rome.
Filmmaker James Gunn said that while he didn’t work extensively with Stevenson, he has fond memories of working with the actor while filming post-credits scenes Thor: The Dark World (2013).
“Damned. I am so sorry to hear of the untimely death of Ray Stevenson. I only knew him a little bit from the post-credits filming of Thor 2 and a few interactions at events, but we had some good laughs and he was a pleasure to work with. His friends and family are close to my heart today,” Gunn said in a tweet.
The official Marvel Studios Twitter page, home of Thor Movie franchise said the actor was missing.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ray Stevenson, who brought humor and wit to the character of Volstagg. He was a wonderful actor who will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” the studio said.
Stevenson was also active as a singer Star Wars rebels And The clone wars as Gar Saxon.
He has a role in the coming war of stars Live Action Series Ahsoka, in which he plays a villain, Baylan Skoll. The eight-episode season is expected on Disney in August.
Stevenson has three sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia, whom he met while working Rome.
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