Robin Williams Always Asked Movie Studios To Hire Homeless People If They Wanted To Sign Him
It’s been five years since Hollywood star Robin Williams passed away, but he is still missed by millions of fans all over the world. Now, a fan named Brian Lord is sharing a story about Williams that is making fans everywhere love him even more.
Though many A-list celebrities have riders, which is a list of specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event. Lord was shocked when he learned that Williams’ riders required the event organizers to employ homeless people.
“I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it,” Lord said. “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.”
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Lord went on to say that this is indicative of Williams’ desire to help those less fortunate than him.
“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,” Lord said.
Knowledge of this changed the way Lord watched all of Williams’ movies.
“I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that,” Lord concluded. “Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
Robin Williams clowning around outside The Comedy Store (1978) pic.twitter.com/pCDsQVIaZb
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) September 22, 2019
Many other people have praised Williams’ for his kindness over the years, including comedian Ricky Gervais.
“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,” Gervais said of him. “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.”
Robin Williams & Saul Bellow pic.twitter.com/I9Su6UZ6Xm
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) September 25, 2019
After Williams’ death, comedic actor Ben Stiller penned a touching tribute to him.
“His kindness and generosity is what I think of,” he wrote. ” 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.”