Back in the ’90s, I was the foley stage recordist at Sony Studios. I had met Robin Williams once, when I was at Disney and we had both worked on Hook. He seemed like a very nice guy. A few years later, during winter when the days are short, I got to the studio at my usual time of 6 am to start setting up for the day’s session. It was still dark when I walked into the studio. As always, the studio itself was on the dark side, so my eyes were adjusted to darkness.
I hadn’t gone outside yet that day so my eyes were still in dark mode when we took our lunch break. I was the first one out of the stage, opening the door and stepping out into the bright sunlight. Blam! Not seeing much because of the brightness, I ran right into Robin Williams—literally! He looked up to the sky, said “wow, the weather is really nice”, and we proceeded to have a nice five minute conversation. He demonstrated right there what a great person he was. Robin Williams, you will be missed.
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