(BrightCitizen.com) The late Robin Williams’ suicide was a shock to most Americans and even many in the global community. He was a talented actor on the silver screen but made some pretty dark comments in his stand up comedy performances which shocked those who thought of him as family friendly. He had multiple personas and impersonations that he had mastered for live audiences as well as film and TV. Was there something behind what made him so convincing?
One author noted that Williams himself that there was.
Williams also recognized that these powers had manifested a very evil influence on stage and that there could be a hefty price to pay for their assistance. Williams told James Kaplan of US Weekly:
“Yeah! Literally, it’s like possession ‑ all of a sudden you’re in, and because it’s in front of a live audience, you just get this energy that just starts going…But there’s also that thing ‑ it is possession. In the old days you’d be burned for it…But there is something empowering about it. I mean, it is a place where you are totally ‑ it is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where you really can become this other force. Maybe that’s why I don’t need to play evil characters [in movies], ’cause sometimes onstage you can cross that line and come back. Clubs are a weird kind of petri dish environment. I mean, that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy ‑ in the name of comedy, be talking about outrageous stuff and somehow come out the other side. I mean, that’s one place where you really want to push it” (Robin Williams, “Robin Williams,” by James Kaplan, US Weekly, January, 1999, p. 53).
Read more about that here on the GoodFight.org website.