Robin Williams Had Panic Attacks On the Set of ‘Night at the Museum 3,’ Director Confirms

by Jeremy Spirogis
Night at the Museum 3 behind the scenes

The new documentary Robin’s Wish depicts Robin Williams’ battle with Lewy physique dementia. When Williams died by suicide in 2014, docs and his spouse, Susan Schneider Williams, imagine the illness had compromised his judgement and exacerbated signs from different situations. In the documentary, different individuals who labored with Williams in films and tv, together with Night on the Museum, talk about witnessing Williams’ deteriorating state, additionally.

Night at the Museum 3 behind the scenes
L-R: Shawn Levy and Robin Williams | Vertical Entertainmenet

One of the final films Williams filmed was Night on the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Williams reprised his function of Teddy Roosevelt, however director Shawn Levy seen one thing completely different from his earlier two experiences with Williams. Robin’s Wish is offered on VOD now.

Robin Williams struggled with ‘Night at the Museum 3’

When they started making Night on the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Levy stated he seen one thing completely different about Williams.

“I would say a month into the shoot, it was clear to me, it was clear to all of us on that set that something was going on with Robin,” Levy stated. “That’s an experience that I’ve not spoken about publicly ever. We saw that Robin was struggling in a way that he hadn’t before, to remember lines and to combine the right words wtih the performance.”

Robin Williams doubted himself on ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Both Levy and Susan Williams recalled Robin’s breakdown over what he perceived as shedding his comedic abilities. 

“When Robin would call me at 10 at night, at 2 in the morning, at 4 in the morning saying, ‘Is it usable? Is any of this usable? Do I suck? What’s going on?’ I would reassure him,” Levy stated. “So I said, ‘You are still you. I know it, the world knows it, you just need to remember that.’ My faith in him never left, but I saw his morale crumbling. I saw a guy who wasn’t himself and he thought that was unforgivable.”

Robin referred to as his spouse throughout a panic assault too.

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Susan Schneider Williams | Vertical Entertainment

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“I got a phone call,” she stated. “It was Robin. He was up in Vancouver and he was working at Night on the Museum 3. And he was having a panic assault. He couldn’t calm himself down. He’s having such a battle remembering only one line.”

‘Night At the Museum 3’ labored tougher to ship the comedy

Levy stated it received to a degree the place Williams felt he couldn’t ship his rapid-fire comedy the best way he used to.

“He got very frustrated,” Levy stated. “I remember him saying to me, ‘I’m not me anymore. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m not me anymore.’ His mind was not firing at the same speed. That spark was diminished. The joy was sometimes not there.”

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Levy edited sufficient takes collectively in order that Williams would seem the best way he had carried out within the earlier two Night on the Museums.

“I had to work harder editorially to create it on screen because it wasn’t always there in the same way on set,” Levy stated. “I didn’t resent that. It was more taxing. It took a lot more time and energy but if that’s what my guy needed, that’s what I’m going to give my guy.”
How to get assist: In the U.S., name theNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or textual content HOME to 741-741 to attach with a skilled disaster counselor on the free Crisis Text Line.

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