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R.I.P. Robin Williams

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Was truly shocked to hear this.. The irony of life, so many famous, succesful and beloved artists&comedians who make millions laugh are actually depressed in their personal life and resort to suicide, though in this case it's not yet confirmed. Damnit, makes you think of the old sayings about fortune&fame not making you any happier.. Wish things had gone differently for him.

I'm grateful for the memories, Mr. Williams, you made me laugh countless times, too.

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I'm glad I watched World's Greatest Dad years earlier. It would be impossible for me to watch it now, given the new context. (film spoiler follows) Oddly enough I was debating with someone back then whether the film would have worked better with a tragic ending -- I incorrectly predicted that Williams' character would kill himself when he runs to the swimming pool at the end, thus giving him the posthumous version of the literary fame he always wanted. It's insanely portentous thinking back on that conversation.

But anyway, this has been a profound loss.

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I felt a portent yesterday. I felt something was going to happen, but I figured it was going to be Tracey Morgan, as he was the one grabbing headlines alongside Tony Stewart, not Robin Williams.

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Is it just me, or do comedians seem to be very depressed? (Hint: It's not me)

There are so many works of his that I've got to watch now that he's gone, just so I can get a true sense of the legacy he's left.

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Is it just me, or do comedians seem to be very depressed? (Hint: It's not me)

Here's a similar article made by comedian Jim Norton about Williams and why the funniest comics are sometimes the saddest. It's definitely worth a read

This part in particular really got to me:

"There is simply no way Robin could have understood the way the rest of us saw him. And there is simply no way he could have understood how much respect and adoration other performers had for him. At least I hope he couldn’t have understood. Because it’s too sad to think that maybe he did understand, and it just wasn’t enough anymore."

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On the topic of Williams' movies; I saw Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time last night and I loved it. I plan on watching Patch Adams and later maybe Jack. I also really need to give Good Will Hunting a watch. What would you guys say was his best performance, comedic and/or serious?

Oh man, I would love to be able to watch Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time again. I think his most iconic roles really depend on how old you are, but my favorites are (barring Mrs. D)Hook, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, and The Birdcage. I'm sure I'm leaving some out...

Also, his performance "Live on Broadway" is piss-yourself hilarious, if a bit crude at times. Just don't watch it with your mom.

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Yeah I'm not thrilled my mini-shrine to one of my favorite entertainers is being used to cockfight about depression and who doesn't understand what.

Seriously, take your beliefs/opinions/philosophies regarding depression to a private message or some shit, and stop tainting what was meant to be a tribute thread to one of the greatest comedians who ever lived and who tragically took his own life. This has turned repulsive.

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when you're depressed, you apparently take credit for every negative thing that happens around you, but don't take credit for anything positive.

To put it into perspective, If you couldn't find enjoyment about anything with your life, couldn't even bring yourself to get out of bed because you're so depressed, believe everyone hates you and are painfully aware that you're negatively affecting everyone around you like a virus...

well this sounds painfully familiar. :-/

Could we please get a mod to clean up this thread? While I know that depression and Mr. William's death go hand-in-hand, there's no reason for all this fighting (and I have some blame here, I'll admit); it all needs to be elsewhere. Maybe a spin-off thread in Off-Topic (Or perhaps into the PPR subforum)?

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Yeah, that's enough talk about depression in this thread. If you want to discuss depression and suicide in general, take it to PPR. Just split a crap-ton of posts to a new thread in PPR.

Let's keep this thread about remembering Robin Williams and how great he was. If you feel the need to get on your soapbox about depression and suicide, keep it to yourself. If you really feel the need to get on your soapbox, go to PPR, but I still recommend the former option.

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I can't say I followed Robin Williams' work all that much, but he was still iconic to me, part of our culture. I was surprised and shocked, a tragedy to be sure.

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Jumanji is on Netflix now if anyone wants to watch it. I'm about to finish and damn is it a bad movie. I still like it a lot if only for nostalgia, but these kids almost ruin the entire experience. Robin Williams helps the movie a lot. If it weren't for him I don't think I'd be able to finish it.

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Jumanji is on Netflix now if anyone wants to watch it. I'm about to finish and damn is it a bad movie. I still like it a lot if only for nostalgia, but these kids almost ruin the entire experience. Robin Williams helps the movie a lot. If it weren't for him I don't think I'd be able to finish it.

The book is way better. They cut out so much stuff for the film version. The preceding two sentences are a joke.

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Robin Williams was one of my favourite actors growing up. It is indeed sad he’s gone. But do you want to know the worst thing about is? He died on my birthday and I’ve turned 30 this year. Talk about an unwanted birthday present. :-(

Goodbye, Robin. We never had a friend like you…

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RIP Robin Williams. His death really hits me hard personally, not just because I watched Flubber a lot when I was a kid, but I've been struggling with suicidal depression for the last month. It's like...wow, another general lost in the war.

And the worst part is, everyone's gonna go back to acting like depression/suicidal thoughts aren't a big deal once the buzz dies down.

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And the worst part is, everyone's gonna go back to acting like depression/suicidal thoughts aren't a big deal once the buzz dies down.

I think this is the saddest part of the whole thing. Every time something like this happens we always say "This is the last straw, we're going to try to do something about this issue now!" but we never really follow up on it, which I think is really sad. Technology is always getting better though, and I can definitely see a day where we'll be able to do a much better job at taking care of the mentally ill, and maybe even find a treatment that could cure people of crippling clinical depression. In a world like that we would definitely be able to smile and laugh a lot more, and I imagine that would make Robin very happy.

To try to make sure this doesn't get too off the topic of the man himself though:

I had the opportunity to go and see The Fisher King at the Alamo Drafthouse last week. It's an absolutely wonderful movie and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. The chemistry between Jeff Bridges and Robin is fantastic, and it's a very well directed and well written movie. It does have a very cheesy soundtrack though, but if you can get past that I think it's one of Robin's best performances and one of his best movies up there with Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. :)!!

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