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Robin Williams: A life in quotes

Posted at 12:16 pm, August 12, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News

robin williamsHyperactively hilarious, kid-like sweet, geniusly funny – we were sad to wake up to news this morning Robin Williams died yesterday. According to his publicist he had been ‘battling severe depression’ and his death is being treated as suicide. Robin Williams was always brutally honest about fame, life and addiction. Here he is in his own words.

Avoiding Hollywood bling like the plague after becoming overnight famous in ‘Mork & Mindy’
‘I can’t deal with new cars. I like a car that’s like me – you never know what’s going to happen next.’ Time magazine, 1979

Going cold turkey on alcohol and cocaine in 1983 before the birth of his son, Zak
‘Cocaine for me was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down.’ People magazine, 1988

Relapsing in 2003
‘One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel’s. And then that voice – I call it the “lower power” – goes, “Hey. Just a taste. Just one.” I drank it, and there was that brief moment of “Oh, I’m okay!” But it escalated so quickly. Within a week I was buying so many bottles I sounded like a wind chime walking down the street.’ Parade, 2013

On ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, his first blockbuster
‘This is the first role that calls upon me to do what I do best. Me. Until this role, the acting and the comedy have been pretty much separate on screen.’ New York Times, 1988

Inspiring a generation of kids to become teachers in ‘Dead Poets Society’
‘[It was] the first time I did a film where people were touched beyond the movie, where they wanna change their lives, and I hope for the better. Many people said they became teachers.’ ABC, 2010

Discovering his sensitive side after open-heart surgery
‘Oh, God, you find yourself getting emotional. It breaks through your barrier, you’ve literally cracked the armour. And you’ve got no choice, it literally breaks you open. And you feel really mortal.’ Guardian, 2010

Making bad movies
‘[“Old Dogs”] paid the bills. Sometimes you have to make a movie to make money.’ The Guardian, 2010

Why being messed up is not cool
‘There’s nothing romantic about it. This idea that as an artist you have to push yourself and explore the dark side? I went there. You can do a lot more interesting stuff when you’re not messed up.’ The Observer, 2009

Londoners today were mourning the passing of the comic legend with tributes like this one at Earls Court Station

— Mikey Walsh (@thatbloodyMikey) August 12, 2014

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