Actors Nathan Lane and Jeff Bridges have added new tributes to Robin Williams after learning of their former co-star's death on Monday (11Aug14). The stars of The Birdcage and The Fisher King have offered up thoughtful statements a day after the late funnyman hanged himself at his home in Marin County, California.
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Lane, who played Williams' lover in The Birdcage, says, "I feel I have to say something more than just 'heartbreaking and shocking' which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal."
He adds, "One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent, and astounding intellect, was his huge heart - his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague, and fellow traveller in a difficult world. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family."
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And Bridges, who teamed up with Williams for The Fisher King, tells WENN, "I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life; the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all. I'm filled with both of them today, as I was last night after learning of my dear friend's passing."
The movie star reveals he thought he saw the ghost of Robin Williams outside the party following the New York premiere of his new film The Giver, where he also made mention of his pal's passing, but realised he was looking at eccentric Big Apple street personality Radio Man. He explains, "I remember pulling up to the boathouse where we had our party and I'm sitting there with my wife trying to gather myself and I look out the window and I say, 'Is that Robin? Is that his ghost?' No! It's Radio Man!"
"It brought back all of these wonderful feelings of what an amazing time we had together here in New York shooting The Fisher King. I remember when we were shooting Fisher King, Radio Man knows where all movies are shot; I don't know how he magically does that. I remember seeing Radio Man on the set and I could not believe how Robin's character was there in the flesh, in reality! I got out of the car and embraced Radio Man last night and looked at his face. I felt Robin's spirit when I embraced him. I was just looking out my window at The Essex House to Central Park, my favourite part about New York, and I'm remembering the last scene of me and Robin out there at four o'clock in the morning, naked. And Robin is just wild and free, and he says, 'Let the wild pony dance!' And he's rubbing his butt on the grass and he says, 'You know why dogs do this? Because they can!' We were just so wild and so I had to share that with you because that's what's going on so strongly how much I miss him and I'm sure you guys do too. What a gift he was to all of us."
Meanwhile, another of Williams' great co-stars, Forest Whitaker, who worked with the tragic star in Good Morning, Vietnam, has also added his tribute to the hundreds that are pouring in for the late star. He took to Twitter.com on Tuesday and wrote, "U touched our lives U touched our hearts U gave us laughter n joy U'r a beautiful soul U will be missed Our love to the family RIP Robin W (sic)."