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Robin Williams
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Robin Williams was a quirky man of many voices, boundless energy and chest hair that made him look like he was wearing a wool sweater, all the time.
He died in an apparent suicide on Monday.
In many of his roles, he played the man-child struggling to come to terms with the adult world, which may explain why his death feels particularly tragic.
He was Peter Pan the boy who refused to grow up. Jack the forty year old with the mind of a child who needed Morgan Freeman to help him come to terms with the harsh realities of maturity.
He was also the kid from Jumanji, who got stuck in the in jungle for 28 years and then suddenly needs to come to terms with the modern world.
At least this is the way I remember him; as a child of the eighties I never got to see the addled mad man from Mork & Mindy.
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Maybe this could explain why this man was so widely beloved. This week’s Question of the Week is about Williams and it was one of the easier ones.
Not one person I spoke to said “Robin Williams? Nah, wasn’t a fan.” And I estimate you’d be hard pressed to find anyone whose parents took him or her to the theatres to see one his films in the past twenty years who isn’t a fan.
Strange to think that how he wasn’t such a big fan of himself. I never met the man, but bizarrely, his death feels a bit like betrayal.
Williams struggled with addiction and mental health issues, which may have had something to do with his apparent suicide.
“We are worm food lads,” as he said in Dead Poet’s Society, so carpe diem.
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