ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Hollywood is still in mourning for the passing of the late, great Robin Williams.

Since his shocking suicide two days ago, thousands of tributes have poured in from fans, friends and colleagues.

Heartbroken fans have created memorials at the shooting locations of some of his most famous films, including the bench used in Good Will Hunting, and the porch of Mrs Doubtfire's house in San Francisco.

Now, behind-the-scenes footage of Williams off-camera has begun to emerge, and it feels particularly poignant to see the actor doing what he did best; touching peoples' lives with his warmth and generosity, seamlessly jumping from one brilliant impression to another, and giving his all to the productions he worked on.

One such video shows Williams making Disney's Aladdin in the early 1990s.

Williams voiced the Genie in the movie, and he is shown displaying an incredible talent for voice acting, managing to produce hilarity and sympathy in equal measure.

The filmmakers comment throughout on Williams' influence on the film. Disney animator Eric Goldberg was inspired by the actor:

One of the great thrills of my life was actually watching Robin Williams laugh at my animation...I mean, it doesn't get any better than that.

It's a fitting tribute to a man who, much like the Genie in the Aladdin story, spent his life trying to create a little magic in our lives.

Watch the full video below. The segment about Williams begins around the 6.30 mark:

(Source: Vox)


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