Robin Williams: A Simple Reminder For Us All

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Robin Williams.

Wow.

For a man who bought so much joy and laughter to people while, in his personal life, he was consumed with so much utter despair and joylessness that he believed this was the only thing he could do is truly a sobering thought.

It really does show that for every person you see and even know, you have no idea just what they may be going through, no matter what their outward ‘veneer.’

Though he is known for his exhaustive comedic delivery, he was quite a wonderful dramatic actor.

This is my favorite of his many scenes:

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  • sshiell

    RIP Robin. May flights of angels guide thee to thy rest.

  • jim_m

    Suspected suicide. Sad.

  • Paul Hooson

    I loved the way he would space out and “go into a zone” and become various characters during interviews. What a great creative comic genius despite a privately pained life. – Having a pretty wife and a lot of money would satisfy most men.

  • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

    I found his work to be very, very uneven. On the upside, his recent TV series was really great and I was sad to see it canceled. On the other hand very few of his movies were any good at all. Further, I never found his hyper, stream of consciousness stand up and interview style to be very funny at all. Just annoying. It is sad to see him go this way, of course.

    • Shawn

      Christ, Warner.
      It’s not about you.
      No matter your personal appetite for his body of work, he touched millions of lives with comedy over decades of material, applying it seemingly all the while with a dark, inner sense of overwhelming self-loathing.
      Can you even comprehend the substance of what I wrote without interjecting such a God Damned, judgmental, self-absorbed response?
      Read it again to actually get the point.
      And leap off your golden pedestal.
      Sheesh.

      • Paul Hooson

        No, I think that Warner has a right to write his own personal recollection of Robin Williams.

      • JWH

        When an artist passes away — and Robin Williams was certainly an artist — I see nothing wrong with reflecting on his body of work, for good or for ill.

        • Shawn

          Actually, I apologize to Warner for being so harsh in my response to his post.

          I was wrong to be such a prick.

          Hope there’s no hard feelings.

          - Shawn

      • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

        Jeeze. Get a grip.

        • Shawn

          I just apologized to you on an open forum, Warner.

          There was no need for me to convey my response to you in the manner in which I chose, and I’ve acknowledged it was a poor action on my part.

          That said, especially considering your magnanimity, I stand by the substance of what I wrote.

          • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

            So, you apologize without apologizing. Gotcha.

            Regardless, your criticism of my post was unjustified and stupid. Now, I would have agreed with you if I just came on to slam him or even said something as stupid as “I’m glad he’s dead.” But what I gave was an honest assessment of his work from my point of view (because ALL performers evoke your point of view). There was nothing overly “judgmental” nor self-absorbed nor any sense I felt my opinion was all that mattered.

            The fact is, a performer fully invites an assessment of his body of work and when he passes, an honest, assessment of that body is called for.

            There was no vitriol in my comments. Not an ounce.

            After all, NONE OF US knew Mr. Williams, so our ONLY way to assess him is to discuss his work. I can’t say what his mental status was. I have no clue.

            But, if you regret being so filled with acid and hate, then I accept your regret for having a knee jerk reaction. We have all said things that we regret. I know I have.

          • Shawn

            Warner,

            Time out.

            Perhaps I should have made it more clear in my LAST comment where I wrote “That said, especially considering your magnanimity, I stand by the substance of what I wrote,” I was addressing what I wrote in my post, NOT in my unnecessarily crotchety response to you.

            In that light, I can understand why you’d interpret the above quote in such a way that you’d think “So, you apologize without apologizing. Gotcha.”

            Like I said, I regret the way in which I wrote my response to you, and I do apologize for how I wrote it.

            It’s as simple as that.

    • Paul Hooson

      I certainly agree that his career had an uneven quality. In my opinion his recently cancelled TV show, THE CRAZY ONES, was well produced by David E. Kelley, but the dry humor style of dramedy, really boxed-in the creative talents of Robin Williams and was a poor fit with the traditional successful sitcoms on CBS such as THE BIG BANG THEORY or TWO AND A HALF MEN. Far better productions that only carefully constrained the talents of Robin Williams were PATCH ADAMS, MRS. DOUBTFIRE or GOOD MORNING VIETNAM. These were superior written productions that were excellent showcases for the talents of Robin Williams.

  • Par4Course

    Robin did a marvelous job in Good Will Hunting but remember that monolog was written by Ben and Matt, unknowns at a young age. Robin was the best of the best (Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Viet Nam, Dead Poets Society) but occasionally was the worst (see Death to Smoochie, if you can stand it). His death is a great loss. As his scene above says, no one can really know another person – the struggles, despair and hopelessness that can lead to a tragic end. May he rest in peace.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Actually, I liked Death to Smoochie.

  • GarandFan

    Sad indeed.

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