Rest in peace, dear, beautiful, brilliant Robin Williams. Terry Gilliam, who directed Williams in The Fisher King, posted a tribute on Facebook, writing: “Robin Williams, the most astonishingly funny, brilliant, profound and silly miracle of mind and spirit, has left the planet. He was a giant heart, a fireball friend, a wondrous gift from the gods. Now the selfish bastards have taken him back. Fuck ‘em!” Jeff Bridges, who co-starred in The Fisher King with the late actor: “Such a brilliant human being. I feel Robin coming in now. ‘Get on with it, Bridges! On with the show!’”
A wonderful and fascinating scene-by-scene audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam, available only on now-obsolete LaserDisc. There’s so many levels to a Gilliam picture and it’s fascinating to have him open the layers of creativity [mp3].
Dear every screenwriter, read this: Richard LaGravenese’s screenplay for The Fisher King [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only). The DVD/Blu-ray of the film is available at Amazon and other online retailers.
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
In memory of Robin Williams (1951-2014).
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There is just something fundamentally, profoundly sad about the sudden passing of this individual that I didn’t know but still felt like I did. Odd to realize how much of us grew up on his comedy in some way, shape, or form.
This is never the answer. It never, ever is. If you ever need someone to vent to, you will always have a place. You can vent those feelings to me if you need to. We are always listening.
RIP my friend. Truly one of the greatest highlights of my life to work with you and get to know you. You will be missed.
Condolences to friends, family and loved ones during this awful tragedy.
Excuse me while I go and have a good cry.
Other than playful mocking my sartorial splendor, a number of folks have asked me to explain the context of this photograph. So here goes:
After working together in Evolution, my friend David Duchovny offered me a role in House of D, his directorial debut. I immediately said yes, mostly because I couldn’t resist playing Erykah Badu’s pimp and hanging out with Robin Williams.
On my first day of shooting Robin saw my outfit and went straight for the jugular. He didn’t gesture or even look at Duchovny. In a voice that sounded a lot like black guy #4 in any 70’s blaxploitation film he said, “you mean, this white man is paying you to degrade black women by literally acting like a short term relationship consultant aka pimp? How much is this cracker paying you to sell your soul, brutha?”
My response, "He’s not paying me. I owe him five hundred dollars for letting me talk to you"
That moment was captured in this photo.
Like everyone who mourns his death, Robin Williams made my sides and cheeks hurt, made tears of joy stream down my face. I’m proud to say he even made me scream. In turn, one of the great moments of my life was making him laugh. We’re hardly even but it’s a small personal victory I will carry with me always along with the joy he gave me and so many others.
No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
RIP O Captain, my captain. Until we meet again.