Robin Williams always had one demand from producers, and it will bring you to tears
We all remember Robin Williams as an irreplaceable actor and entertainer with a unique sense of humor. He gave us memorable films like 'Mrs Doubtfire' and 'Jumanji.' He will forever be part of children's life as the Genie in 'Alladin.' He also excelled in dramas like Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting, and Good Morning Vietnam. His performances always left a lasting impression on us whether it was a comic role or a serious one. Williams is known for his generosity as much as he is known for being a versatile actor. His philanthropical efforts are well known but there is so much more that he has done that we don't even know about.
It's been seven years since his passing but his good deeds continue to live after him. Brian Lord is a fan of the actor who also works in the entertainment industry. He wanted to book the actor for an event and happened to learn something so profound about the actor that he can't watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. Lord originally shared the story on his blog but it has since been shared on various social media platforms. Author Perry Marshall shared Lord's post on his Facebook as well following the actor's death. This is not a story many people know but it will surely melt their hearts.
When celebrities are invited to events they usually have a set of conditions that are sent beforehand. The list may have both personal and technical requirements. This is called a rider. When Lord approached Williams for his event, he was promptly sent one too. "You can learn a lot about a person from their rider," Lord explained and added, "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 a said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public."
After having witnessed many outrageous prerequisites, Lord was surprised by what he found in Williams' rider. "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," he stated. "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."
Williams wanted to make sure he helped provide employment to those who could use it. "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," Lord mused. "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." The ripple effect his actions must have left is indeed heartwarming to think about.
“There were so many ways and so many things he did for so many people,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive told the Los Angeles Times of the late actor. “He really had just a giant heart and that’s what makes me so sad.” He has also done charity work at organizations such as Comic Relief, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the LiveStrong Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and so many more.