Days of Change

Tortured Idiots

August 11, 2014

Robin Williams has joined a club of celebrities who apparently dealt with demons through their career and finally succumbed to them. Williams was a little older than most, having at least been in his 60s when he committed suicide. My earliest memories of him were from Mork and Mindy, a staple of my generation. I continued to watch any number of movies with him. I didn’t really see many of his non-comedic performances and despite the reviews, I never thought that was his thing. My favorite movie of his may still be “Club Paradise,” a little-known 1986 movie heavy with SCTV alum and Peter O’Toole.

Despite my feeling about his work, this tortured genius crap has got to stop. We continue to worship people who show up on TV and the movie screen as if they are singular talents. Actors were all over the place before movies and even the greatest actor in the world was going to be seen by very few people. At the same time, we also put too much pressure on people who already have personal issues. I can’t be that sad about Robin Williams. There are people with real problems.


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