John Malkovich, who was very close friends with British actor Julian Sands, has spoken out about his friend’s death.
The A room with a view The 65-year-old star disappeared in January while hiking in the Mount Baldy area of southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.
Five months later, on June 28, Sands was confirmed dead after his remains were found by fellow hikers.
Speak with People On Wednesday (July 5), Malkovich, 69, said he and Sands have been “the greatest friends since we met while working on a film with the title The Killing Fields in 1983, the first film I ever did.”
“We’ve remained incredibly close ever since,” he said. “I’ll miss him every day of my life, but that’s life. Along the way you lose a lot until you’re lost. And that’s how life ends, I’m afraid. I’m very sad about it, but of course mostly for his children.”
Malkovich, godfather to Sands’ first son Henry, added: “At my age we get used to people dying. Many of my friends and colleagues are already gone, and one day I will join them. So life is.”
In an interview Sands gave just a month before his disappearance, he spoke about how dangerous his hobby, mountaineering, is: “You might be faced with human remains and it can be frightening.” It’s not necessarily supernatural, it’s possibly all too natural – what I would call hypernatural.”
Sands was an experienced and competent climber, as his hiking partner and fellow actor Kevin Ryan previously recounted PA The news outlet said he was “the most advanced hiker I know.”
Local authorities’ search for Sands had been unsuccessful as poor weather conditions had hampered efforts since March until his remains were found by civilian hikers last month.
A week after Sands’ death was confirmed, Helena Bonham wrote a moving letter to Carter The Independent about her “weird, wonderful mystery from a friend” with whom she co-starred A room with a view.
“I think it’s fair to say it started with a kiss,” she wrote. “A hug on screen that launched both of our film careers. I was only 18. I always think I was extremely fortunate to have known Julian Sands.
“In the last few days since his death was confirmed, friends have been telling me that the scene it was taken from was all over the news and I kept kissing him A room with a view – a kissing sequence on a Tuscan hill between our characters Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson from EM Forster’s 1908 novel.”
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