The Best Robin Williams Tributes From Around The Web

The best long reads on the late, great, comedian

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A lot has been written about Robin Williams over the last 24 hours. Here we've rounded up the best pieces of journalism on the late comedian, from a startlingly frank 2010 interview touching on his alcohol addiction to the most telling tributes from broadsheets and celebrity friends.


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1 | This Guardian interview promoting Williams' film World's Greatest Dad may be four years old, but its contents have never been more timely. Eschewing his promotional duties for the film, Williams instead focuses on his struggles with alcohol and cocaine. Simultaneously surprising and worrying the interview touches on the actor's heart surgery and the death of close friend Christopher Reeve. Writing with honesty, Decca Aitkenhead describes trying to interview the comedian as "like trying to tune into a long wave radio station". 

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2 | "My heart is broken by this news," Danny Devito is quoted by Rolling Stone as part of their round-up of celebrity tributes to Williams, including words from peers Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller and Sally Field. 


3 | Writing for Vulture, David Edelstein argues that “What hurts most about the apparent suicide of Robin Williams is that as much as he achieved, he died in his own mind unfulfilled.” In an article taking in Williams' entire career, Edelstein focuses on Williams' more "domesticated parts" from Good Will Hunting to Good Morning Vietnam, commenting that although Williams was not able to express himself in film as well as he did in his free-form branch of stand-up, he was undoubtedly a man of vast talents. 

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4 | Was Williams at his best in 1987's Good Morning Vietnam? Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw argues that the role of the Armed Forces Radio DJ was the "nearest a feature film came to representing [Williams'] standup style and his subversion."


5 | Williams' impact on the world of music is celebrated by The NME in a round-up of Twitter reactions from musicians ranging from Lady Gaga to Harry Styles. 


6 | Writing for The Telegraph, Theo Merz focuses on the stigma surrounding suicide and asks why it takes the death of someone famous before we are able to talk about it. A great article that pays particular attention to the fact that men are most at risk from taking their own lives. 


7 | A comprehensive obituary from The New York Times, celebrating the film career of the late actor as well as his stand-up triumphs. "His irreverence was legendary and uncurtailable". 


8 | In this interview from the Empire archives, Williams speaks in his own words about the experience of shooting Christopher Nolan's Insomnia in Alaska alongside Al Pacino and his ambition to take part in a Batman film. 


9 | In his latest piece for The Guardian Russell Brand reflects on a brief meeting with the late comedian, and notes how throughout his career “the manic energy of Williams could turn to destruction as easily as creativity.” As usual with Brand, his writing is a platform to draw attention to a wider issue. This time, the stigma around mental illness and the very valid point that “fame and accolades are no defence against mental illness and addiction.”

 

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