Robin Williams in The Birdcage 💜
One of my favorites of his. I probably saw it at too young of age but it was a favorite of my parents as well. He and Nathan Lane are perfection in this.
It’s heartbreaking how you may not know how tortured a soul is until the final straw. I’m not going to pretend to know or assume anything about his life and struggles, but I’ve dealt with the suicide of people I know, and you see the words and reactions of the world and to know his legacy was that of laughter and cheer, it’s hard to wrap your mind around how a person can get so deep. It may be morbid, but I always wonder what those final moments are like. Is it relieving? To know it’ll all stop in a few moments? Is there a moment of panic that it maybe doesn’t have to come to this? Is there any thought to the consequences of this action, how it’ll rip a hole in the people you love? Or is there no perspective, only a one way street your demons are directing you down? It’s east to get angry at a seemingly selfish action, because we are only left to suffer the loss while they are hopefully at peace, free from the tortures of this world. I don’t have any answers to my questions and I will not glamorize a man I did not know because he died. His talent is of course unquestionable, he was in some of my favorite films and a big part of my childhood because of that. And My heart goes out to his family.
Oof - lots of thoughts for a tuesday morning.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. “Genie, you’re free.”