Yesterday afternoon a famous comedian, loved by all ages, passed away in Tiburon, California. Robin Williams was known for his animated performance, phenomenal improvisation, and moving roles. He was truly a talented man in the entertainment world. He impacted my life and influenced me with the various of roles he played.
First is Genie. Mr. Williams played this character in a Disney film called Aladdin, which impacted me when I was a child. To see this blue mystical character that grants 3 wishes for anyone who posses the lamp, who is really enthusiastic, vibrant, and comical, stood out the most to me. I loved Mr. Williams’ blue character from the first few seconds he appeared on screen. All of his bodily nuances and fast pace speech gravitated me to concentrate on his dialogue so that I can catch his punchlines. Just moments before, I was viewing some of the scenes from Aladdin, and the only adjective that encapsulates this character was “ludicrous.” Most of my goofy humor was shaped by the animated Genie created by Mr. Williams, and I’m thankful of that.
Second is Sean Maguire from Good Will Hunting. This is probably one of my top 3 films of all time. Mr. Williams played a therapist to help a deeply wounded individual with his secretive past. He portrayed this loving, patient, and heartfelt character that guides this confused person. Mr. Williams’ soft and calm voice, quite opposite from his familiar loud/distinct tone, draws me to, again, pay closely attention to his speech. On occasion, I feel as if he is speaking to me whenever I am lost or confused about life. I enjoy this character very much, to the point to where I wish I had a person like that in my life. A couple of scenes are quite distinct from this movie: the park bench with Sean and Will, the scene when Sean shares about his first encounter with his wife, and the breakthrough scene with Sean and Will.
He will always be remember as the man who brought tears and laughter to everyone. However, it is unfortunate to hear how he died. He was relatively young, probably still had gas to keep on trucking through life. But, there was a leak in his tank which was caused by depression. I find it ironic to see a man who was able to bring millions to laughter and yet suffer from depression. How much was he suffering from within? How long has the destructive thoughts occupied his mind? I can only remember Mr. Williams by what has accomplished, which I think is immensely shallow of me. Granted, he is a famous actor and there is no way to know him deeply. But I wish there was a way to assist him with his depression. I’m sure he had professional counselors and what not, but it didn’t alleviate him from depression….
I apologize to hear how you passed away. My condolences to the close family and friends of yours. Unfortunately, for me, I will only remember your works produced by your efforts, a measly dying blade of grass remembers a blade of grass blown away by the wind.