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Marcia Gay Harden on Robin Williams

'World's Greatest Dad' both funny and brave

The difficult task here was to create a person so terrified of the dark side that he wiped himself clean of edge. Vocally and physically, Robin had to shave any sharp edges off of himself to create a formless, conflict-avoiding dad whose son can only relate through conflict. Robin imbued this character with a longing and a guilt that were at once humorous, and yet made you uncomfortable because they were so raw. His was an extremely brave performance, because his character was unlikable in the way that victims often are. You wanted to yell at him to talk to his son…to do something active…to take a stand. That he becomes even more insidious after the death of his son is the dark twist of this film, and can only be done by an actor willing to lay themselves open. With the talk-show host, and then again on the diving board, Robin lays himself open. The best actors don’t need to be liked, they don’t need to be beautiful, they simply need to be truthful. Robin Williams give a quiet, pathetic truth to his every move.

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