What Dreams May Come was one of the toughest movies to make in Robin’s career. He says, "Every day was literally hell, because of the nature of the subject matter, dealing with death and being in hell literally. When I watched the final movie, I felt it was extraordinarily beautiful but I felt disappointed by the ending. There was a different ending that they shot that I felt was much more true to the story. It was about reincarnation, basically, that they were going to meet again. The movie ended with two babies being born simultaneously, one in Bombay and one in the United States, and they held them up, and then the screen went to black. I don't know if it's anywhere."
Robin's favorite directors to work with were Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad, also they're close friends) and Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society).
Robin wants to work with Patton Oswalt, "Just because I think he's such a gifted standup but also a really, really great actor."
Robin's most memorable moment filming Hook: "Flying. I only felt bad for the five guys who had to haul my fat ass up. At that time there were very few mechanical devices so it was literally guys on pulleys flying me across - I think it was 2 guys to pull me across. They would say "we're doing another take" and they would say 'oh not again.'"
Robin's favorite role: "I think playing Oliver Sachs in Awakenings was a gift because I got to meet him, and got to explore the human brain from the inside out. Because Oliver writes about human behavior subjectively and that for me was the beginning of a fascination with human behavior."
Robin thinks Gene Hackman is really funny. While filming The Birdcage, "His speech about the leaves in New England was one of the funniest, driest pieces of comedy I'd ever seen... the day that Gene Hackman did the story... it was so funny that everyone was laughing so hard but had to keep a straight face. "
If Robin Williams could be any animal he would be, "A dolphin. Just their abilities, how social they are, how sexual they are, how intelligent they are, mainly how social they are."
Robin is an avid cyclist in his spare time. "My favorite thing to do is ride a bicycle. I ride road bikes. And for me, it's mobile meditation."
Robin recently did this:
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