Robin Williams was an amazing actor, entertaining us with numerous roles and with his words of wisdom. But, he was more to this; he was also a benevolent person who did not want to expose that to the public. After 5 years of his death, a fan who tried to book the actor at the time received a rider list with a strange request.
Brian Lord was and still is a great fan of Robin Williams who decided to share his heartwarming story. He released the story on his blog. It is usual for most celebrities to have a rider list that includes specific food, water, technique and so on. In fact, what a celebrity needs when booked for a specific event. But, the rider list of Robin Williams was completely different than the usual wishes of the other actors. Brian Lord was shocked when he found out the Robin Williams asks for the event organizers to employ homeless people. Brian was amazed by this requirement and always reminded himself about it whenever he saw Robin Williams on screen. Brian said: “I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it.”
Brian did not get the chance to book Robin Williams, but he could never forget the rider list. Here it is what he wrote on his blog:“I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work.” Brian did not expect such requirement from the super popular Mrs. Doubtfire.
It was no wonder that Brian was extremely shocked by Robin Williams’ rider list as he was more or less aware of the odd requirement of movie stars. Namely, according to The Telegraph big celebrities and movie stars have these strangest requests like a mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair, asked by Lady Gaga, vitamin water for the bathe of a dog, asked by Mariah Carey, and many others. Knowing all this Brian could not believe what was in the content of Williams’’ rider.
This only confirmed how benevolent and generous Robin Williams was during his life. Brian wrote: “I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.”
So, whenever Brian watched a movie of Robin Williams, whether it was a comedy or drama, it offered a new perspective of seeing things. He said: “I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that.” In the end of his blog he expressed gratitude: “Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
Everyone who knew Robin had a story to share about this actor. Ricky Gervais, one of his colleagues, told about Robin’s amazing ability to cheer up people even when not feeling good. He said the following, quote: “I did a benefit gig with him and there were loads of new comedians that we hadn’t heard of, and he spent the whole night at the side of the stage watching them – you could hear him laughing louder than anyone – and they were just blown away. He was a legend. Amazing.It’s really sad,”
His statement was released in The Huffington Post where it was added the following: “Even when he wasn’t well, he would just try his best to make you laugh – you could see it was a chore almost but he’d absolutely love it.”
Ricky was not the only one who said positive and extraordinary things about Robin, Ben Stiller wrote a moving tribute to Robin Williams after his death: “His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time. He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. So there is the man, and his talent, and I think in his case both were extraordinary.”