SuperLunchNotes: RIP Robin Williams

August 12, 2014 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, POP CULTURE

This was today’s lunch note, in honor of Robin Williams’ passing. Jon hasn’t seen Aladdin yet, but he has an Aladdin book, so knows who the Genie is. We watched a clip of the song “You Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Me” on YouTube this morning, and his one comment was, “He’s SO funny!” Truer words…

RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams was known first (and most) for being a comedian — his rapid-fire delivery and over-the-top characterization knowing no bounds. Yet looking at his entire body of work, he found a way to come down from his seemingly endless zig-zag through space and make his roles relate to so many. Whether you were sailor or a fish-out-of-water; a soldier away from home or a homeless hero; an idealistic professor, a desperate divorcee or a frustrated therapist — he took us along for the ride and made us feel simultaneously at ease and on edge. Filling our hearts while never knowing what to expect next.

Not long after I came out of the closet, The Birdcage was released. Below is a clip of the most touching scene in the film:

At the time, I hadn’t yet met my husband, and gay marriage wasn’t even remotely an option yet. But as I watched (amidst a snickering audience), I knew this was what I wanted for my life. And that it was possible. Williams’ and Nathan Lane’s sweet, poignant exchange — smack in the middle of a hilariously madcap movie — felt real and meaningful, brave and hopeful. For that, and for many other laughs, tears and granted wishes, I say thank you.

RIP Robin Williams

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