Friends of Robin Williams are speaking about his recent film choices, which they say were driven by financial desperation. The actor who hated sequels had recently signed on to perform in Mrs. Doubtfire 2, and was deeply resentful about it.
According to The Telegraph, Williams was a family man who preferred being home with his wife and children to making movies. The Oscar winner felt that he put so much into his roles that they effected his mental health.
“Robin had promised himself he would not do any more [films] as he invested so much in his roles that it left him drained and particularly vulnerable to depressive episodes,” a friend of the actor said.
“He signed up to do them purely out of necessity. He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in any more and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support.”
Williams had hoped that his CBS show, The Crazy Ones, would give him the chance to pay the bills and stay home with his family. When the show was cancelled in May after just one season, the actor took it particularly hard.
“He didn’t like being away from the family for too long, which was a big issue for him when he was shooting films,” the friend said. “That’s why he agreed to do the TV show (The Crazy Ones). It was filmed nearby in San Francisco and they were very flexible with him.
“He was hit hard when they cancelled it – it was helping him pay the bills.”
Signing on to do Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was a low point for Williams, who had long vowed that he would never do a sequel for that movie.
Had he lived, Williams would have had months of subpar work and time away from his family to look forward to. For Robin Williams, this would have been a nightmare.