San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Comedian Robin Williams, who died an apparent suicide, was said to have only been forcing himself to work on his latest movie projects.
According to a close friend and a neighbour of the actor, Williams only signed up for these film projects due to financial necessity.
The friend explained that Williams feared making more movies, because it “brought out his demons” and was not beneficial to his mental health.
Before Williams’s death, 20th Century Fox had been developing a sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire, though Williams had yet to read a script.
The Oscar-winning actor also signed up for Andrew Bergman’s indie comedy “A Film by Alan Stuart Eisner,” which was also slated to star Isla Fisher, Sienna Miller, and Shirley MacLaine.
Williams had finished four movies, which will all be theatrically released within the next 12 months.
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” where Williams reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt, is set for release on December 19.
On November 7 this year, Williams will also grace the big screen in “Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” a holiday comedy, alongside co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Candice Bergen, Jeffrey Tambor, Oliver Platt, Clark Duke, Tim Heidecker and Pierce Gagnon.
Dito Montiel’s drama “Boulevard,” which debuted earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, also starred the comedian opposite Bob Odenkirk.
Also slated for release next year is “Absolutely Anything,” where Williams lent his voice to the character Dennis the Dog, with British comedian Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.
“Robin had promised himself he would not do any more as he invested so much in his roles that it left him drained and particularly vulnerable to depressive episodes,” the close friend, who declined to be named, told “The Telegraph.”
“He signed up to do them purely out of necessity. He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in any more and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support,” Williams’s friend further explained.
The close friend, who was Williams’s cycling buddy, also described Williams as “naturally quiet and introspective,” and preferred residing in small-town Tiburon over LA.
“He didn’t like being away from the family for too long, which was a big issue for him when he was shooting films,” the friend told the paper, also adding that Williams agreed to do the TV show “The Crazy Ones,” because not only was it filmed in nearby San Francisco but also because the production was very flexible with him. However, the show got cancelled.
“He was hit hard when they cancelled it – it was helping him pay the bills,” revealed the friend. He also divulged a confession from Williams, who was confirmed to have checked himself into rehab last month after slipping back into his old habits.
“He told me his heart surgery in 2009 had left him feeling like a mortal for the first time in his life, and he didn’t like how that felt,” the friend disclosed.
The friend, who was still shocked by the news of the actor’s death, speculated that Williams may have taken his own life due to many factors—not just work or financial issues.