Podcast: How We Will Remember Robin Williams

Categories: Film and TV

Williams in Moscow on the Hudson
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time.

Listen below.

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@studiesincrap And I'll feel happy/sad when I listen to the resulting podcast. Which there were a word for that. (Prly is one in German.)


Robin and I shared a close friend, he since they were in their early teens. Though we had numerous mutual friends, I didn't know him.

She called me about 1981 because he had run cross country since high school and I was a well known race and athletic association official. 

He had asked her if I could somehow get him entry into the Dipsea, a famous invitational mountain race that had been contested for over 75 years. I called him and said I'd do my best.

Though I didn't let on, I was impressed by his modesty, his not understanding how much favorable publicity his presence as a competitor would bring to the race.

Then I called the race director and asked, "What would you give to have Robin Williams run in the Dipsea?"

He said something like, predictably, "I'd give ANYTHING to have him run this year."

I called Robin back to let him know he was in and he was profusely grateful. 

Williams lent his immense talent to innumerable charitable events benefiting good causes during the course of his long career. I think he was at his core an extremely decent human being and he should be remembered for that.

He will be much missed.

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