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A Weirdos guide to Robin Williams

Posted at 4:30 pm, December 14, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

On Monday December 17, surrealist comedy club Weirdos is re-creating ‘the greatest film of all-time’ (their words) – Stephen Spielberg’s Robin Williams-starring hit ‘Hook’ – live on stage. But what about Williams’ other movies? Character comic Karl Schultz (who, in the Weirdos production, plays American artist Matthew Kelly, who plays Hook – yes, multi-layered acting) gives us of his top five Robin Williams films (other than ‘Hook’, of course).


‘Popeye’ (1980)
‘Oh, all those doubting Thomases questioning whether he can play someone with elephantiasis and/or an iron deficiency… Williams proved them wrong.’


Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Awakenings‘Awakenings’ (1990)
‘The many vacillating Vincents rumour-mongering that Robin could never get the victims of an Encephalitis epidemic to catch balls…’

‘Jack’ (1996)
‘All the suspicious Stevens ballyhooing that Robin could never portray a child with an exaggerated form of Werner syndrome in a sympathetic light…’

‘The Birdcage’ (1996)
‘The many hesitating Haqikahs querying if Robin… I never saw this film.’


Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man‘Bicentennial Man’ (1999)
‘Possibly Williams’s finest performance: Andrew the robot. When he watches Rupert (Oliver Platt) craft a human face for him, Andrew asks why he is lending the design all manners of idiosyncratic flaws. Rupert explains, “That’s what makes us unique; those imperfections,” to which Andrew replies, “I see. Like the shape of your head!” Alas, he won the Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” instead.’

Has the Weirdos’ Williams-fest whet your appetite for the hairy wonder? Find out about their production of Hook.

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