August 20, 2014

HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS THAT HE JUST WASN'T FUNNY:

Robin Williams Was Addicted To 'Tooth-Rotting Sentimentality' Says Barry Norman In 'Honest Tribute' (Ben Arnold, 19 Aug 2014, Yahoo)

Norman, who helmed the BBC's 'Film' series from 1972 until 'Film 98', praised Williams celebrated work, and Oscar-winning success, but continued to lament his less successful movies.

"That's a CV for which many a star would give his eyeteeth. But among the good films was a plenitude of bad ones," he continued.

"Well, every actor makes bad films occasionally but what was remarkable about Williams was not that he was so good in the good ones but that he was so very bad in the bad ones.

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"He made no secret of his addiction to drugs and alcohol but there was another addiction, which he never admitted but which became increasingly evident in his own work - to saccharine, tooth-rotting sentimentality.

"Were the bad films made when drink or drugs played their part?"

Mr. Williams was the classic case where folks confuse mania (which is always self-indulgent) or humor.  To illustrate the point, he only starred in two good movies : one that wasn't a comedy, Awakenings; and one where he was confined by illustrators, Aladdin.  Anytime that he was allowed to be himself the movie/show suffered.
Posted by at August 20, 2014 12:30 PM
  
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