"I was so sad because I really wanted to meet him. You know, you don't meet any of the other cast (members) until you go to the premiere. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet him, he's just such a fantastic actor." Actress Christina Ricci was left heartbroken by the death of Jonathan Winters in April (13) because she had been eager to finally meet her The Smurfs 2 castmate at the live-action film's upcoming premiere. The veteran comedian reprised his role as Papa Smurf for the new sequel prior to his passing.