‘RRR’ director SS Rajamouli condoles Ray Stevenson’s demise: Working with him was pure joy
Director SS Rajamouli on Tuesday recalled actor Ray Stevenson, who played the villainous British governor in “RRR”, as the man who brought “infectious” energy to the film’s sets.
Stevenson died in Italy on Sunday, four days before his 59th birthday, his publicist confirmed with entertainment website Variety. No cause of death was found.
In a Twitter post, Rajamouli said he was shocked to know about the Irish actor’s death.
“… Can’t believe the news. Ray brings so much energy and vibrancy to the sets with him. It’s infectious. A pure joy to work with. My prayers are with his family. May his soul rest in peace. ,” the filmmaker captioned a throwback picture with Stevenson from the sets of “RRR.”
The official Twitter page of “RRR” shared a behind-the-scenes photo of the late actor shooting a crucial action sequence in the movie.
“He was 56 when we filmed this tough scene, but he didn’t falter while doing this stunt. #RRR, Ray Stevenson We will forever cherish your presence on set. Gone too soon,” the tweet read.
In his career spanning 25 years, Stevenson played the Asgardian warrior Volstagg in the “Thor” films and a member of the 13th Legion in the BBC/HBO drama series “Rome.”
Filmmaker James Gunn, though he didn’t work with Stevenson much, said he has fond memories of collaborating with the actor while filming the post-credits scenes of “Thor: The Dark World” (2013).
“Wow. So sorry to hear about Ray Stevenson’s passing so young. I only knew him from filming the post-credits of Thor 2 and a couple conversations at events, but we had some good laughs & he was a pleasure to work with. His friends & family are in my heart today. Gunn said in a tweet.
The official Twitter page of Marvel Studios, home of the “Thor” movie franchise, said the actor will be missed.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ray Stevenson, who brought humor and wit to the character of Volstock. He was a wonderful actor who will be deeply missed, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” the studio said.
Stevenson also voiced Gar Saxon.in “Star Wars Rebels” and “The Clone Wars.”
She has a role in the upcoming “Star Wars” live-action sequel, “Ahsoka,” in which she plays the villain Baylan Skoll. An eight-episode season is expected on Disney+ in August.
Stevenson has three sons with Italian anthropologist Elisabetta Caraccia,, whom he met while working on “Rome”.