My great grandmother once told me that making a person laugh, or even smile, meant you could make them love you. I quickly found her words true when I watched films and listened to stand up. Many comics and actors made me laugh. None so consistently as Robin Williams.
I would fast-forward to the Genie parts in Aladdin to hear his accents, then rewind to hear them again. I "practiced" hanging upside down while on the swing bar at recess and somersaulting to land on my feet in case Peter Pan searched for the next Rufio. And how could I ever thank Daniel Hillard enough for teaching me it was cool and funny for guys to dress in drag and become a hip old granny?
I love Inside The Actor's Studio interviews because it gives me hope to hear others stories and learn most have fought to earn the success they've received. The time for such interviews typically lasts an hour. Robin's last two because they couldn't contain his life and the characters bursting out of him.
Patch, Parry, Dr. Malcom Sayer, Rainbow Randolph, Chris Nielsen, Batty Koda, Ramon, Lovelace, Dr. Kosevich, Jack, Armand Goldman, and oh, Sean Maguire. It breaks me to know I'll never have the chance to meet the man behind so many faces and voices. An inspirational man whose characters inspire me still.
Thank you, Robin, for every character, every voice, and the thousands of smiles and laughs you coaxed out of me. You are loved.
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