Notepad on Life

August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

Filed under: Cinema,foreign,TV — - @ 8:59 pm
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(Photo: Wikipedia)

Not sure it would have done his state of mind much good to see so many people basing their social media tributes on Mork & Mindy clips. Did you people stop watching him in 1980 or something?

My own abiding memories of one of the most inventive comic minds I ever saw are set out below [Salty language alert]. Not sure his manic ‘stand-up’ style will have been everyone’s cup of tea but for me he stands right up there with the best comedians/comic actors of all time.

And if this is indeed what underlies his final act, what on earth do we make of genuine depression? A talent that seemed so fulfilled and well-rewarded, a man who was not just admired but liked by so many, a man with children. And it still wasn’t enough. “People think they want flash cars, big houses and money,” a former boss of mine once suggested to me, “but they don’t. Even if they don’t realise it, what they really want is peace.”

Someone reviewing the autobiography of fellow-depressive and ex-footballer Ian Redford – who was found dead at 53 earlier this year – wrote “That he suddenly found life unliveable exemplifies the mercilessness of depression”. ‘Merciless’ does seem an apt label.





1 Comment »

  1. An apt label indeed

    Comment by hastywords — August 12, 2014 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

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