Robin Williams was emotionally “crumbling” whereas filming his last film, 2014’s “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” based on the movie’s director, Shawn Levy.
“I would say a month into the shoot, it was clear to me — it was clear to all of us on that set — that something was going on with Robin,” Levy informed “Entertainment Tonight” earlier than the discharge of “Robin’s Wish,” a documentary chronicling the comedic actor’s last months earlier than he dedicated suicide in August 2014.
“We saw that Robin was struggling in a way that he hadn’t before to remember lines and to combine the right words with the performance,” Levy mentioned. “When Robin would call me at 10 at night, at two in the morning, at four in the morning, saying, ‘Is it usable? Is any of this usable? Do I suck? What’s going on?’ I would reassure him. And so I said, ‘You are still you. I know it. The world knows it. You just need to remember that.’ ”
Prolific TV producer and author David E. Kelley, who created Williams’ 2013-2014 collection “The Crazy Ones,” added his personal perception within the trailer: “It was something eroding within him.”
On the time of his loss of life at age 63, Williams was, unbeknownst to him, battling diffuse Lewy physique dementia, an incurable illness that impairs the mind’s operate.
The documentary is a collaboration between filmmaker Tylor Norwood and Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider Williams.
“My faith in him never left, but I saw his morale crumbling,” Levy mentioned of the “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Mork & Mindy” star. “I saw a guy who wasn’t himself and he thought that was unforgivable.”
Williams, a two-time Emmy winner and four-time Oscar nominee, received an Academy Award for Greatest Actor in a Supporting Position for 1998’s “Good Will Hunting.” In 2005 he was offered with the Golden Globe honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Final week, Williams’ 31-year-old daughter, Zelda, marked her father’s loss of life by taking a break from social media to be able to keep away from processing messages of help.
“As always, I will not be here,” she posted on social media earlier than the 6-year anniversary of her father’s loss of life. “It’s hard for me on regular, good days to remain the person expected to graciously accept the world’s need to share their memories of him and express their condolences for his loss.” She added that whereas she is “touched” by the “boundless continued love” for her dad, she generally feels “emotionally buried under a pile of other’s memories instead of my own.”
Zelda added, “After all, even roses by the truckload weigh a ton.”
“Robin’s Wish” will likely be launched on-demand Sept. 1.