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– by Anthony Esteves

Wednesday evening was HBO’s Hollywood premiere of their documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, a film that focuses on the career and internal struggles of the late actor/comedian Robin Williams. August 11th marks the 4th year anniversary of Williams’ suicide. Williams had been fighting an internal battle with inner demons and mental illnesses leading up to his death. At the premiere, filmmakers, fellow actors/comedians and friends shared their memories with the iconic actor and entertainer.

“Being a comedian — a true comedian — you’re hypersensitive,” said comedian Eddie Griffin, when asked about mental instability. “You care enough to see sadness in people and want to bring laughter and joy to them. But is there anybody there to bring laughter and joy to the comedian?”

The film’s director, Marina Zenovich, hopes that the documentary will help viewers come to have a greater understanding of who Williams was and the internal demons he dealt with his entire career.

“I don’t think he was himself when he died — I don’t think he knew what he was doing… The whole point is to get help before they get to that point, so if this film can, in any way, help, that would be amazing. I don’t know if it can, but I hope so.”

Billy Crystal, longtime friend and comedy partner of Williams, is featured throughout the documentary. Before the audience in attendance, Crystal urged the importance of bringing mental illness out of the darkness and into the light.

“We’re coming up to four years without him. The world is a darker and lonelier place for a lot of us, for a lot of reasons. So tonight, when you watch this film, rejoice in the fact that you had him for as long as you did. Rejoice in the fact that you witnessed some really amazing comedy, some brilliant receptions, and he broke your heart in the same way as an actor. And rejoice in that fact that you get a chance to go inside Robin Williams’ mind.”

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind premieres July 16th on HBO.

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Source: Variety.