Not a lot of celebrity deaths affect in me in a large way. Not to say that they aren't sad or heartbreaking. But there's still that feeling inside, the one that makes you say "I didn't really know them personally enough".
But that wasn't the case for Robin Williams. The WHOLE world was largely affected by his passing, in a very emotional way. That's because Robin Williams wasn't just "some celebrity", he wasn't just a guy you saw in movies a lot. He was an honest, and goodhearted individual whose personality and talent touched many, both on-screen and off.
I was in the car, listening to *insert popular radio station here* on August 12, 2014. I just got back from watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the first of many times, when *insert Top 100 hit of 2014 here* stopped playing, and the radio host broke the news to me. It was seriously like a punch in the gut. It's never easy hearing that you're favorite actor has died, but this was ten times worse. Robin Williams wasn't just one of my favorite actors, he was a huge part of my childhood. It felt to me, and to many others that a close family member had died.
I was born in the late 90's, so it's true that I wasn't alive when a lot of the great Robin Williams films came out. But that doesn't mean I missed out on any of them. Thanks to my VHS-hoarding parents, I had plenty of classic films to watch. The first Robin Williams film I ever watched isn't my favorite Robin Williams film, but it featured my favorite Disney character; Genie.
Aladdin simply wouldn't have been the same without Genie. Robin Williams' smarts, wit and incredible Jack Nicholson impressions made that movie a certified cult classic! I would watch that movie over and over again. Not for Aladdin and the extreme measures he took to get a girl, but for Robin's stellar performance!
For me, even if the film was terrible, I could still bear to watch it if Robin Williams was in it. That's because for me, it wasn't just about how much I liked the film, it was also about how much I liked his character. Williams had the remarkable and rare ability to truly put his all into every performance that he did.
It didn't matter what the movie was about, how well it did or who else was in it for me, the spotlight was always on Williams. He would bring so many characters to life. Whether he was Daniel Hillard, hard-working father at day, faux Britsh accent having nanny at night; or Alan Parrish, an estranged man trapped in a board game for over twenty years.
You could just see him losing himself in the role. It never felt like an actor adapting a character that someone else wrote on a piece of paper. So many of his characters were just that—no one else could be them in my opinion. My favorite RW character, also happens to lie in my favorite RW film.
Back before Captain Hook was a dashing Colin O'Donoghue occupying TV and the walls of millions of teenage girls, he was Dustin Hoffman in a costume that was pretty close to being considered drag. In Hook, Robin Williams played opposite Hoffman as an older version of Peter Pan. This movie is still one of my favorites to this day!
The premise was great, and the settings were full of that special magic and whimsy you'd expect from a Disney film! Despite...not being a Disney film.
It was a film about a childhood icon growing up, but it was surprisingly appealing to kids my age. As corny as it sounds, Robin Williams' childlike performance in this movie taught me that growing up doesn't have to be boring, and can actually be fun if you make it. So basically, this movie is my excuse for why I'm most definitely going to be a man child.
The older I got, and the better I got at analyzing films, the more interesting Hook got. On its surface, it was just a film about an adult Peter Pan returning to Neverland. But if you read more in it, it could be a film about a stressful lawyer who escape to some metaphorical "Neverland" within his subconscious.
It could even just be the lucid dreams of a senile old lady (Wendy). Robin Williams' portrayal really made any direction possible. It's one of the reasons I love the film. But while Hook will always be my favorite, I don't think it's Williams' most impacting or inspirational film. That title goes to Dead Poets Society.
Centering on the unorthodox methods of an English teacher in a high standard all-boys preparatory school, Dead Poets Society is a film you simply can't miss. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to find it and watch it!
Robin Williams' role of John Keating is definitely one of his most notable. The film follows Keating as he tries to inspire his students with his poetry and philosophical words.
The film has spawned tons of famous quotes, like "you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all" and the widely known, "O Captain, my captain!" Half of the internet's inspirational quote memes can be traced back to DPS.
The main message of the movie is to be all that you can be, and to make your dreams a reality. I didn't see Dead Poets Society until 2009, but its messages were still strong, and are still just as strong today.
These and so many more Robin Williams films have left an impact on many moviegoers for years. He's had a variety of different roles; from an eccentric teacher, to a clumsy scientist, a magical genie and a two hundred year old robot. But all of his roles have one thing in common, they all wouldn't be the same without Robin Williams.
Robin Williams inspired many with his intelligent words and kind nature. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest actors of all time!
Robin Williams has inspired me in so many ways, how has he inspired you?