After I was a child, Robin Williams was my favorite actor. I beloved his earnest, joyful performances, tinged with pathos and vulnerability; his humorous moments have been all the time simply pretty much as good as his emotional ones. I’d watch and re-watch Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man, Jumanji, Aladdin, and Mrs Doubtfire, discovering immense consolation in his reassuring, dadly presence.
After I was a teen, I used to be faintly embarrassed by this truth. It is not cool to take pleasure in sincerity; teenagers are typically much more involved in cynicism and satire. Even having a favorite actor is type of uncool. I distanced myself from the issues I beloved, however I by no means stopped loving them.
As an grownup, I am proud that I used to be capable of recognise Robin Williams’ expertise at any age. He was sensible. He was one-of-a-kind. When information of his sudden loss of life broke, it broke my coronary heart — a world with out his gentleness and humour appeared somewhat darker.
His love for video video games lives on, after all, simply as his unimaginable filmography does: within the trailers that he recorded for Nintendo, in a tribute character in Breath of the Wild, and in his daughter, Zelda — named for the princess.
When Skyward Sword got here out initially in 2011, Robin Williams (and Zelda) recorded a trailer for the sport, by which Robin informed his daughter, “you’ve got quite a bit to study earlier than you turn into a grasp“. Like the remainder of his work, it is a goofy, foolish, however heartfelt second; you’ll be able to really feel his affection for her radiating out regardless of the trailer solely being 30 seconds lengthy (and half of that’s recreation footage).
In October 2011, Robin and Zelda performed the DSiWare re-release of 4 Swords Adventures collectively, by which they’ve a guess — and Robin loses, being pressured to shave off his magnificent beard, and immediately remodeling from “fluffy dad Robin Williams” to “hey, that is the man from that film!”
Earlier in the identical yr (they most likely recorded all of those advertisements on the similar time), Robin and Zelda had additionally teamed up for a duo of adverts for the discharge of Ocarina of Time 3D, that are achingly candy — over pictures of Hyperlink exploring Hyrule, Robin says “for you, I travelled to the 4 corners of the world,” and it is solely after we reduce from recreation footage to Robin and Zelda on the couch that we realise he was speaking a few completely different Zelda.
“Dad — are you mixing me up with the princess once more?”
“Arduous to say… You are each fairly magical.”
It is a touching little bit of dialogue that is adopted with a chuckle from each, as they maintain arms on the couch — a second that seems like a glimpse into their relationship, even supposing it was almost certainly scripted.
However that is simply how Robin Williams is in my thoughts: his heat and kindness weren’t manufactured. He labored them into whichever character he was taking part in, and though his legacy is as a comic, I am going to all the time bear in mind him for the way in which he introduced an ocean’s value of depth to all the pieces. The world is rather less vibrant with out him in it, however thank goodness he left a lot of himself behind.
Completely satisfied birthday, Robin. We miss you.