As celebrities often do when they have something to promote these days, Robin Williams showed up on Reddit this afternoon to promote his new show The Crazy Ones by doing an AMA. But as it turned out, Robin's Ask Me Anything was different.
Robin talked very little about his new show, instead he dove into the question and answer session with fans with all the enthusiasm and energy you'd expect of, well, Robin Williams. It probably helps that the guy is, apparently, something of a geek. Check out the fifteen most amazing, gotta read things we learned about Robin during his fantastic AMA, right here...
Robin Williams loves anime. In particular he's a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Beebop, "Ghost in the Shell. Akira. Blood: The Last Vampire. But mostly Ghost in the Shell."
Robin Williams is a gamer. He plays Legend of Zelda. "Ocarina of Time is the best." His daughter, Zelda, is named after the game. He plays Portal and loves making Portal references. He's currently playing Battlestation Pacific. He also plays Call of Duty. "I'm still waiting for the next Call of Duty. It's been very unusual for me because I've done trips overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan, and I would see guys who had just come back from patrol playing Call of Duty, and I would say 'you're living this stuff! And yet you're still playing this game...'" The XBOX is his current system of choice.
Robin Williams' loves Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. "It's one of the greatest books of all time, and the greatest character is The Mule."
Robin’s favorite book as a kid was Chronicles of Narnia's The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. He says, "I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said 'don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself.' So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'that's better.'"
Robin called Steven Spielberg during the filming of Schindler's List to cheer him up. "I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'"
When this happened on Mork & Mindy…
Robin says, "When I did that show dressed as cheerleader in the Denver Bronco mile high stadium, I realized that the end of our TV show was in sight."