More details have begun to emerge about the circumstances surrounding the devastating suicide of Robin Williams. Perhaps the biggest revelation came on Thursday, when Robin’s widow, Susan Schneider, released a statement saying that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, and wasn’t yet ready to share it with the public. This most likely contributed to his losing battle with depression. A shocked Michael J. Fox tweeted this response shortly after:
Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) August 14, 2014
But out of the darkness, there at least comes a tiny glimmer of light, as Robin has left behind four unfinished films. Much like the posthumous works of James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heath Ledger, it will be hard to judge the movies on their own merits, given our knowledge that it’s the last we will ever see of them. But that’s not really the point, now, is it? Williams is giving us just a few final gifts to remember him by, and we should cherish them for what they are.
The first of these final films is Merry Friggin’ Christmas, which you can see a brief clip of above. ComingSoon.net summarizes the plot this way:
Merry Friggin’ Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
Merry Friggin’ Christmas will be released on November 7th in both theaters and On Demand. It will be followed by Robin’s other projects, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (December 19th), Boulevard, and Absolutely Anything, which features Williams voicing the dog of actor Simon Pegg.
The entertainer may be gone, but the joy he brings us all will carry on. With a filmography as rich as Robin Williams, there’s enough brilliance to revisit for decades to come.
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