The story goes that when Steven Spielberg was in the depths of directing Schindler’s List, emotionally exhausted from days of recreating nazi atrocities, he would call his friend Robin Williams, and Robin would do bits and voices and Spielberg would laugh and feel better. The story goes that when Christopher Reeve was overwhelmed with his life as a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down after a horse riding accident, he would call his Juilliard roommate Robin Williams, and Robin would make Christopher laugh and feel better. Undoubtedly, these stories have been re-created countless other times, with people who are not famous and who never met Robin Williams, a DVD, or CD, or VHS tape taking the place of a phone call.
It hurts my heart to think that someone who did so much to help other people feel better didn’t have someone he could call and talk to, or worse, he did have someone to call, and chose not to. As someone who has struggled with depression, I understand how hard it can be to make that call, and I’m forever grateful that I was able to. Please know that there is always someone out there for you to talk to. The world is a better place with you in it.
Here are a few of my favorite Robin Williams movies that are not quite as well known as some of his giant hits. All very much worth checking out:
World’s Greatest Dad
The World According to Garp
Also - The balls trippingly weird King of the Moon sequence from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Also, forever and always, this: