Tuesday, 12 August 2014

the passing of a legend

I'm hardly alone this morning in feeling so much sadness at the new that Robin Williams has passed away. I don't typically pay attention to Hollywood news or pay much heed to the goings on of the people implicated in that world, but he was different. It was so easy to see that. A rare gem shining brightly. I read this 1998 acceptance speech of his and couldn't help smiling.

Thank you. Oh man, this might be the one time I’m speechless. Oh… thank you so much for this incredible honor. Thank you for putting me in a category with these four extraordinary men. Thank you, Ben and Matt. I still want to see some I.D. Thank you, Gus Van Sant for being so subtle you’re almost subliminal. I want to thank the cast and crew, especially the people of South Boston — you’re a can of corn, you’re the best. I want to thank the Mishpachah Weinstein — Mazel Tov! And I want to thank Marsha for being the woman who lights my soul on fire every morning. God bless you. And most of all, I want to thank my father, up there — the man who, when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful, just have a backup profession like welding.’ Thank you. God bless you.

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