The late Robin Williams is arguably one of the most talented and versatile performers Hollywood has ever produced. Known for his inherent talent for comedy, Williams has regaled audiences around the world with his performances in films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams, The Birdcage, and much more. Over the years, the star has proven that her skills also extend to serious and emotional roles with her Oscar-winning role. Goodwill hunting, and a spellbinding performance in One hour photo.
Interestingly, Williams, by his own admission, was a huge fan of the superhero genre and openly expressed his desire to play iconic DC villains Joker and Riddler. Unfortunately, this dream never came to fruition for Jumanji actor although he is about to be hired for both parts.
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Robin Williams didn’t get to play his favorite DC character, Riddler
Robin Williams, being the powerhouse talent that he is, has proven time and time again that no character or genre is beyond his reach. In addition to playing a wide range of roles, the late Oscar winner also harbored a desire to portray characters from the superhero world. Williams confessed that he was extremely keen to explore the nuances of DC’s Riddler and even came close to playing the role in the 1995 film, Batman forever. Unfortunately, this was not to be and the role ultimately went to Jim Carey.
Several years later, while Christopher Nolan was developing The black Knight Trilogy with Christian Bale, Robin Williams who had already worked with Nolan in Insomniaonce again had the opportunity to try his luck with Riddler, who was to make an appearance in The Black Knight Rises. This time, he also had competition from another star, Leonardo DeCaprio, who had been considered for the role but reportedly turned it down. But as luck would have it, Nolan decided to abandon the idea of introducing Riddler into the trilogy and instead cast Tom Hardy as Bane. Speaking to Flexible Head, the Patch Adams The actor regretted the missed opportunity and said:
“I would work with Nolan again in a second, playing anyone in anything. It would be fun to work with him again. I would play the Riddler if they followed through on the offer! I got screwed twice over this. Years ago they gave me the Joker, then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they gave me the Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey. I was like, “Okay, is this real? If it’s a real offer, yes! Don’t pump me anymore, motherfuckers.’
Although Williams didn’t get the chance to try her hand at Riddler, there’s no doubt that the versatile star would have breathed fresh air into the character in her own unique style. Unfortunately, with his passing, this will remain a dream.
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Robin Williams’ painful final days revealed in documentary
In August 2014, Hollywood star Robin Williams tragically took her own life following an undiagnosed battle with Lewy body dementia, a type of brain disease that affects thinking, memory and movement control. While the entire world and the acting community was in shock and disbelief, documentarian Tylor Norwood attempted to make sense of this condition through a film that detailed Williams’ battle with the illness and his final days of struggle.
The documentary titled Robin’s Wish, features interviews with the actor’s wife, Susan Schneider Williams, as well as his friends and colleagues who remember his final days. Schneider Williams spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what this story meant to her in terms of healing from tragedy.
“With the invaluable help of leading medical experts, I realized that what Robin and I had experienced finally made sense: our experience matched the science. And what I discovered along the way was bigger than me, and bigger than Robin. The full story was revealed during the making of this film and contains the truth that Robin and I were looking for.
Williams’ wife further revealed that the documentary, which first aired on September 1, 2020, was a way to honor her late husband while trying to make sense of what he went through. She revealed that the Goodwill Hunt The actor always wanted to help people throughout his life and make them feel less afraid and this film was the way to honor his wish and legacy.
Robin’s Wish is available to rent on Amazon Prime.
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Source: Flexible Manager, Entertainment Weekly