By Eddy Montilla.
When Robin Williams died, I could see some famous, but mediocre actors talking to the press about it and expressing their condolences in a cold and cynical way that reflects how middling talent they are: They could not even act as if they were really hurt inside at his death. I could also read some news about Robin Williams’s death for two or three days and after that, nothing. This is the way that contemporary journalists work these days: They fight for being the first in publishing something, fight for news and consign its content quickly to oblivion. Like vultures waiting for someone to die, they are waiting for something to happen. That’s why I decided to take my time to talk about this great actor.
With Robin Williams’s death, the world of comedy lost one of its most genuine representatives, an actor with an extraordinary talent to make people laugh. This is the Robin William I saw in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). But then, I saw Good Will Hunting (1997) and Patch Adams (1998) and I said the same thing to my friends: “Something is wrong with this man.” They downgraded the importance of the topic and told me that it was all a figment of my imagination. However, the tone of his voice when he was talking to Will Hunting (Matt Damon) about his deceased wife or the expression of his face when his girlfriend died in Patch Adams are far beyond acting. His sad expressions were too real to be acted and they could only come from a sad soul, from a person who might be battling depression. Robin Williams also battled cocaine and alcohol addiction, but not in the way and for the reasons that many people usually do. Cocaine was a place to hide for him, as he said once. It slowed him down when others, on the contrary, get hyper. In short, his addiction was the result of his sadness, depression and early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Yes, I wish I had been wrong because despite Robin Williams being aware of his demons, he had to battle constantly against them for decades and this is difficult and very sad. But with the cross he had to bear, I also saw hope and love because, different from other people, he did not have to fight to be honest and philanthropist. His comic genius, his generosity and the way he made people’s life better with laughter and joy are a legacy that will never die. Thank you, Robin Williams.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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