Why late comedy genius Robin Williams is back in the spotlight


The world of film and television still lacks the luster of the late actor and comedy genius Robin Williams, who died suddenly seven years ago at the age of 63.

He had assembled a hugely diverse catalog of works over nearly four decades, ranging from iconic television roles to Mork & Mindy, play a radio DJ in Good morning Vietnam, a teacher in Circle of Missing Poets to the beloved transvestite nanny of Mrs. Doubtfire, which still delights and entertains audiences of all ages 28 years later.

And now, it’s been revealed that he’s nearly landed a key role in the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise, playing the half-blood wizard Professor Remus Lupine at Hogwarts.

Director / producer Chris Columbus said Total movie magazine over the weekend that Williams was interested in playing Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the third film).

However, there was a strict rule regarding the casting of Americans, so ultimately English actor David Thewlis was chosen for the role of authenticity.

“I had a conversation with Robin Williams, who wanted to play Lupine,” said Columbus.

“It was very difficult for me to say ‘everything is British … I can’t do anything’.”

What could have been …

In 2016, the United Kingdom The HuffPost revealed that the British rule was implemented when Williams was also turned down for the role of half-giant, half-man Rubeus Hagrid.

“Robin [Williams] had called [Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a uniquely British edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anyone else, that’s for sure ”, said the casting director. “It couldn’t be,” reported Huffpost.

This role was landed by Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane.

Robin Williams as Lupine? What could have been … Photo: TND / Getty

Is there another biopic on the horizon?

On October 13, a five-minute test video was posted by actor and impersonator Jamie Costa (who uploaded a short video of impressions after Williams’ death in 2014), sending fans into a campaign frenzy. to launch it immediately for a Robin Williams biopic.

People magazine said fans were “blown away” by the footage of a Mork & Mindy scene with Sarah Murphree (Pam Dawber) calling for a “Robin Williams biopic”.


“Jamie Costa sums up the essence of Robin Williams so perfectly that this ‘fan streak’ for a proposed biopic is a clear sign that it really has to happen,” wrote one fan.

Another said: “I just watched #JamieCosta make an impression of beloved Robin Williams, and it crushed me. It was so amazing. Beyond words amazing. Would love to see the Robin biopic with this man in mind.

“He would do him justice.

And that’s the sticking point.

Like many biopics before, with a few jaw-dropping stars including Rami Malek playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and Taron Egerton playing Elton John in Rocket man, there would be concerns as to who might essentially nail the unique features that were uniquely Williams’ own.

Her daughter Zelda Williams, 32, took to Twitter on October 15 to ask people to stop sending her the clip, saying it made her “uncomfortable.”

“The clip made me uncomfortable, so I kindly asked people to stop sending it to me over and over again. Your love for daddy doesn’t mean I have to tolerate being bombarded in silence, and being thrown on it can be quite exhausting some days. she wrote.

And while it’s still an idea, without official confirmation that no movie is in the works, the video was later removed by YouTube, citing copyright concerns before reappearing on social media.

According to Indiewire, “Costa’s identity theft is almost bafflingly accurate. Just as Williams himself could pose as any number of public figures and voices, Costa seems surprisingly master of his instrument ”.

“His vocal inflection and intonation are seemingly perfect, and he even captured Williams’ unique way of quickly descending into a low, muffled whisper, then rising to a frenetic volume.

“The dramatic scene is filmed mainly in close-up. He also seems to have nailed the physique, like the way he rubs his hands, grabs his jaw, or pulls his arms in the air.

Jamie Costa and the late Robin Williams in one Mork & Mindy scene from 1982. Photo: Twitter

Williams began his career as a comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1970s before landing the iconic role of an alien from planet Ork in Mork & Mindy.

Throughout his career, which included the Night at the museum trilogy, Jumanji and King fisherman, Williams was nominated for four Oscars, winning the award for Best Supporting Actor for Goodwill hunting.

He has also received six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Emmy Awards and five Grammy Awards.

The entertainment world was devastated when it was revealed that he had committed suicide (attributed to his battle with Lewy body disease) on August 11, 2014, at his home in California.

And I wondered if he had faced the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

He once said to New York Post in 2001, “there were a few roles” he wanted to play, “but there was a ban on American actors.”

However, he doesn’t rule out a role in one of the sequels: “Maybe someday.” Say if [Harry] goes to Yale and becomes president.