RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a genius who took huge risks in his work which made it fantastic. Depression or, maybe in his case depression on the down side of mania is something that seems to go with his kind of genius.

He got an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting but frankly, I think his best role was in Good Morning Vietnam.

And, let’s not forget The Fisher King and The Birdcage, two roles that used different parts of his rare talent for improvisation.

Dead Poet’s Society and Awakenings also come to mind as roles that showed off his unique genius for getting inside both the dialogue and the body language of very different characters.

For me, a fascinating question about creative geniuses like Robin Williams is, in oder for them to take the kinds of risks they do in their work, do they also need to take similar risks in their lives? In other words, can one be an improvisational genius on stage and live a relatively quiet life off stage?

Who knows?

I’m going to miss Robin Williams’ rare genius.

George Clooney is my hero

George Clooney Addresses Gay Rumors…

“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community,” Clooney said. “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t.”

George Clooney is one of the few famous people who knows how to be famous. The man has class. And, he puts his money where his mouth is producing and acting in controversial movies like Syriana and Good Night and Good Luck.

Given that I’m stuck in Chicago on a layover at the moment, I think I’ll watch Up in the Air on my iPad to celebrate George Clooney and enjoy looking at Vera Farmiga.