notes that NBC is planning a tv movie about the making of Mork and Mindy
. Unfortunately, this necessarily stars someone who is not Robin Williams as Robin Williams.
The whole point of Mork and Mindy
was the comic genius of Robin Williams. There is no one like him, not even Billy Crystal at the Oscars trying to replicate the way his brain works, though that was pretty funny.
(A producer I used to work for had dinner with Robin and Marsha Williams and reported that there is no off switch
. He was like that the whole dinner. As compared with, say, Marilyn Monroe, who would be incognito on the street, and tell her companion, "do you want to see her?" At which point she'd start being "Marilyn" and traffic would stop.)
There are some people who'd rather read biographies of writers than the writers' actual works. Is it that it's too much mental work to get into an old episode of Mork and Mindy
? Or that this movie is at least something new?
As Shatner said on Saturday Night Live
long ago: "It's just a tv show! Get a life!"
"Unfortunately, this necessarily stars someone who is not Robin Williams as Robin Williams."If this weren't a TV movie, my guess would be... Jim Carrey.
When I wrote the above comment, I didn't know about this detail (from the IMDB biography):
Now a box-office staple, Carrey brought his manic antics onto the set of Batman Forever (1995), replacing Robin Williams as The Riddler.Not that it's surprising...
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