Robin Williams was a man loved by many around the world, and arguably no more than by his loved ones.
Four years after his tragic death, a documentary about him is being released, and it was understandably a tough feat for the film’s makers to convince the late actor’s family and close friends to open up a man they lost too soon.
“There are people who didn’t want to be interviewed,” Marina Zenovich, the director of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, revealed to BUILD.
“So I would consider those my toughest interviews.”
The director said her interview with Williams’ 35-year-old son Zak was ‘probably’ the hardest if she were to pick one.
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“I think it was hard for him,” said Zenovich.
“It was an interview where they wanted a publicist there. I don’t really like when anyone else is there.
“I feel like it really has to be a one-on-one connection,” she continued.
“I think the difficulty of that interview was more about me, not about him. Like he was willing to go there for me as much as he could,” she then explained.
Zenovich said she “just didn’t know” what to expect from the interview, “but he [Zak] delivered”.
“I just kept saying to him, ‘Oh my god, your dad would be so proud of you’. I just felt like he was intuitive and eloquent and really understood his father in a way that really helped the movie.”
Zenovich also interviewed some famous friends of Williams, who were happy to open up about their experiences with and opinions of the movie star.
“Everybody just kind of came so open,” she explained.
“I didn’t know what to expect from Steve Martin or David Letterman. Those are two interviews that I thought would be tough but they weren’t.
“I felt like Dave really wanted to talk about the happiest time of his life and he was very nostalgic for it and you could feel that.
“Steve Martin, I didn’t know. But I think we just kind of connected and he gave me a lot.”
Last month Zenovich and executive producer David Steinberg presented the documentary at its premiere in Los Angeles, remembering Williams who tragically took his own life in 2014.
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