Although the third “Night at the Museum” has yet to be released, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” officially marks the end of an era for Robin Williams’ New York films. The actor’s sudden death in August of this year left shockwaves across world and it is with sadness that otsoNY will finally post his last New York film next week.
Starting his New York presence in the mid-80’s with the comedy, “Moscow on the Husdon” followed by the drama, “Seize the Day”, Williams acting skills went from strength to strength as he took on challenging roles in “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society”. More New York based films were to follow throughout the 1990’s, “Awakenings”, “The Fisher King”, “Deconstructing Harry” and even a brief appearance in the New York sitcom, “Friends”.
In 2002, Williams teamed up with Edward Norton in the comedy “Death to Smoochy”, where he played a kids show host, and then two years later in the partly-Brooklyn-based drama, “House of D”. The Christmas classic, “Noel” was to follow, although he was actually un-credited for his role as Charlie Boyd.
In 2006, “Night at the Museum” was released and although Ben Stiller was the lead, Williams performance out-shown him at times. The brilliant “August Rush” was to follow, where he played the slightly evil Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace, and then two years later, he returned to the role of Teddy Roosevelt in “Night at the Museum 2”.
In 2009, Williams and John Travolta were friends and business partners, who find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins in the family comedy, “Old Dogs”.
Which brings us up to “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”, where he plays a grumpy man who is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor and promptly sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left. Upon hearing the news of Robin Williams death, his co-star Mila Kunis said in an interview, “Having somebody of Robin Williams' stature tell me to just acknowledge something meant so much. He didn't mentor me. He just said, 'Step back and appreciate this. You're having an amazing time.' I was so nervous. And he said, "Relax. And don't forget to enjoy yourself because things like this don't happen to everyone.'"
Robin Williams will certainly be missed, but what he has left behind is a legacy of great films which will continue to bring laughter and tears to those who watch them.
otsoNY Comment: "Make them laugh in heaven, Robin."
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