An intimate look into the life and work of Robin Williams, the master of stage and comedy. “You’re only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you’re nothing.”
On August 11th, 2014 one of the most adored comedians in this world, died. At 63 years old, Robin Williams took his own life. This was one of those celebrities death that had a huge impact on the world around us. Not only did he leave behind his wife, three children and friends, but millions of adoring fans.
This came as a shock to a lot of people because from our side of the screen he was a very happy man who was always surrounded by people who fell in love with his humour and charisma.
Marina Zenovich has directed a documentary about the life and work of the late comedian until his death called Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. It is largely narrated by himself and in the trailer, the comedian says “stand-up is survival. For me, that’s jazz, that’s what I have to do,”. It features never before seen footage including interviews with his friends Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin and more.
HBO have just released the first official trailer. Watch below:
Throughout the trailer we see Williams performing different comedy sets throughout his career along with addressing his fear of abandonment as a child. It also delves into his issues with drugs and a video where he admits he struggled with a “fear sometimes to run away from it all, sometimes to run into it all.”.
Martin says that he witnessed Williams’ struggle. “On stage, he was the master; he was really comfortable on stage. Offstage, I just felt he was holding himself together,” he says.
Williams’ family is also a focus of the documentary, with his son Zak Williams sitting down for an interview. “My father didn’t always feel like he was succeeding, but he was the most successful person I know,” he says.