A fan has opened up about how he was sent a rider list with a strange request when tried to book the actor.
It's been five years since Robin Williams passed away but heartwarming stories of his kindness continue to warm our hearts. A fan, Brian Lord, has now shared an incredibly touching story of the actor on his blog. It is common for celebrities to have riders but Brian Lord was shocked to find that one of Robin Williams' riders required the event organizers to employ homeless people. Brian says it changed the way he watched Robin Williams on screen. "I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it," says Brian.
A riders lists out a celebrity's specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event. Brian never got to host Dead Poets Society actor but he did approach the actor and was taken aback by the rider he was sent. "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," writes Brian. The requirement was not something Brian expected from a Hollywood superstar.
Big celebrities and movie stars tend to make outrageous requests—including a supply of vitamin water to bathe a dog (Mariah Carey), a mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair (Lady Gaga), and a copy of USA Today that had a story about superfat people in it (Iggy Pop), according to a report by The Telegraph. Given the outrageous demands stars make, it's no surprise that Brian was taken aback by Robin Williams' rider.
Brian says it reflected Robin Williams' desire to help those in need. "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," writes Brian Lord. He says it changed the way he watched the actor's movies since then. "I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that," writes Brian. "Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example," he concluded.
Robin Williams clowning around outside The Comedy Store (1978) pic.twitter.com/pCDsQVIaZb— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) September 22, 2019
Brian's story isn't a surprise given the way those who knew Robin Williams personally, have eulogized about him over the years. Ricky Gervais recalled working with the actor and spoke about how Robin Williams tried to make everyone happy. "I did a benefit gig with him and there were loads of new comedians that we hadn't heard of, and he spent the whole night at the side of the stage watching them - you could hear him laughing louder than anyone - and they were just blown away. He was a legend. Amazing. It's really sad," according to The Huffington Post. "Even when he wasn't well, he would just try his best to make you laugh - you could see it was a chore almost but he'd absolutely love it," said the creator of After Life.
Robin Williams & Saul Bellow pic.twitter.com/I9Su6UZ6Xm— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) September 25, 2019
Ricky Gervais was only echoing what countless stars have said about Robin Williams. After the actor's death, Ben Stiller wrote a moving tribute to Robin Williams. "His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time. He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. So there is the man, and his talent, and I think in his case both were extraordinary.