When Robin Williams first visited his good friend Christopher Reeve after the riding accident that left him paralyzed, Williams claimed in the voice of a Russian doctor that he came to “perform a colonoscopy." Reeve reportedly said that it was the first time he had laughed since his accident, and that from that moment on he knew that life was going to be ok.
‘Real Men Cry’: Photographer Sam Taylor-Wood photographed some of Hollywood’s leading actors in an intimate and rare moment. Taylor-Wood said, ’Some of the men cried before I even finished loading the camera’. Pictured in order here are some of her subjects, Hayden Christensen, Daniel Craig, Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Michael Masden, and the late and great Robin Williams.
During the filming of Schindler’s List, Robin Williams called Steven Spielberg and told him jokes to cheer him up.
In an ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread from Reddit (which is super depressing and totally sucks you down a rabbit hole [and is so sad in hindsight, but even now his jokes still cheer you up!]), Robin Williams comments on this by saying:
“I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.’”
Says he’s depressed. Says he’s life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up”