The tinsel town is full of actors with the brightest smiles and wisest advice but some incidents completely change the way we look at stars and their seemingly flawless world.
Robin Williams’ struggle with depression and subsequent suicide came as a shock to people of all generations and shook Hollywood’s strongest foundations. He was and still is one of the favorite comedians and artists of people of all ages. His crisp, bone-tickling one-liners at his stand-up comedy stints are all-time classics.
While many know that the Dead Poet’s Society actor had no starry tantrums or demands, not many are aware of how deeply he sympathized with the poor and homeless. Numerous stories related to his kindness and humor do the rounds on the internet, but one story that stands out is the rider requirements he puts out for events, as reported by the Huffington Post.
On his website, Brian Lord shared a story about a list he got from Robin Williams’ office after he was signed in for an event. Not only was the star’s request unusual, but it was also a difficult task to accomplish.
“Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event- anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rock bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.”
“When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
A number of Hollywood stars have shared their experiences with the Hollywood icon about how he made the world a better place in his own unique way. In the process, he inspired millions to follow on his footsteps and channelize their madness into doing something meaningful. It’s like he said: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”