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