As with most humans of the world, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Robin Williams is gone.
I always assumed Robin would live to be somewhere around 98 years old and die from a heart attack by doing some weird wacky comedic dance onstage in front of a packed theater. But, alas, that is not that case.
I won’t go into detail about Robin’s death because you probably already know those things, nor will I suddenly become an expert on depression and mental illness. And I definitely will not get into the never-ending debate on whether suicide is a selfish act or not. What I will do, though, is share one of my favorite moments of Robin from one of my favorite movies, Mrs. Doubtfire.
The last time I saw Mrs. Doubtfire was on CMT (basic cable) a few months ago. The movie, like always, brought on a wave of nostalgia, transporting me back to the sixth grade in 1993 (ETA: I realize I’ve let my true age slip; ugh).
After seeing the film for the first time, I developed a tiny crush on Pierce Brosnan (though most of my female classmates were checking for Matthew Lawrence), thought Sally Field had the best facial expressions of any movie actress, and understood that sometimes divorce is necessary. Basically I was 12 going on 40 and I was OK with that.
And there’s one moment in the movie that has always stuck out to me: The voices scene.
I was (and still am) amazed at how comically diverse Robin was in just that one moment. The scene is less than a minute, but through his voice and actions, Robin gives us impressions of a bevy of random characters, from Ronald Reagan to a hot dog. Yes, a hot dog.
That scene is both hilarious and charming, and shows us in around 58 seconds that Robin was not only a comedic genius, but also a great actor.
Most will remember Robin for being a funny man who played a wide range of film and TV characters, from Mork in Mork & Mindy, to Peter Pan in Hook, to Genie in Aladdin, to Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, to Alan Parrish in Jumanji, to his most recent TV role in The Crazy Ones as Simon Roberts.
But I’ll always remember Robin Williams for this one scene—because it makes me happy to see Robin happy.