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Robin Williams Wanted to Play Hagrid in 'Harry Potter'

The casting director of the Harry Potter movies has revealed that Robin Williams wanted to play a role in the franchise, but was turned away because he was not British!

The late actor wanted to play Hagrid, which ended up going to Robbie Coltrane.

Robin [Williams] had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure,” casting director Janet Hirshenson told Huffington Post. “It couldn’t be.”

Zelda & Zachary Williams Celebrate Grand Opening Of Robin Williams Center!

Zelda Williams and Zachary Williams strike a pose together on the red carpet while attending the grand opening of SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Robin Williams Center For Actors, Broadcasters And Recording Artists on Wednesday evening (October 5) in New York City.

The brother-sister duo were joined at the event by Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, Hank Azaria, Marlo Thomas, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal and his wife Janice.

“There was a look he had that used to make me laugh, because I knew he was gone,” Crystal said during the panel (via Deadline). “He knew what he was doing. He was an artist,” Whoopi added. “But he could exhaust you. We would both say ‘Just stop. Oh my God, stop!’”

The opening promoted a $16 million capital campaign that will include $6 million for the center and $10 million for the foundation’s endowment.

25+ pictures inside of Zelda and Zachary Williams and others at the grand opening…More Here! »

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Robin Williams' Widow Chronicles His Final Months in Heartbreaking Essay

Robin Williams‘ widow Susan Schneider has just penned an emotional essay about the actor’s harrowing final months before his tragic passing.

In the essay for medical journal Neurology, Susan opens up about Lewy Body Disease, the brain condition that led to Robin‘s death, and the struggle to find a diagnosis.

“He kept saying ‘I just want to reboot my brain.’ When we were in the neurologist’s office learning exactly what this meant, Robin had a chance to ask some burning questions. He asked, ‘Do I have Alzheimer’s? Dementia? Am I schizophrenic?’ and when his doctor said ‘No,’ Robin was unsatisfied,” Susan explained, mentioning the varying symptoms that weren’t leading to a diagnosis.

She added, “His left hand tremor was continuous now and he had a slow, shuffling gait. He hated that he could not find the words he wanted in conversations. He would thrash at night and still had terrible insomnia. At times, he would find himself stuck in a frozen stance, unable to move, and frustrated when he came out of it. He was beginning to have trouble with visual and spatial abilities in the way of judging distance and depth. His loss of basic reasoning just added to his growing confusion.”

Susan also recounted her final days with Robin, where the couple shared a perfect weekend together that she had hoped was a sign he was getting better.

Read all that Susan had to say in the Neurology medical journal.

Matt Damon Recalls Filming With Robin Williams in 'Good Will Hunting' Park Bench Scene (Video)

Matt Damon takes a break and chats with the crew during filming for a new project on Monday (August 15) in New York City.

The 45-year-old actor was joined on set by Jason Bourne director Paul Greengrass.

In honor of the two-year anniversary of Robin Williams‘ death last week, Matt recently opened up about filming the famous park bench scene in Good Will Hunting with Robin .

“It was Robin‘s scene when he was just crushing it on the first take,” Matt said in an interview with JOE.ie. “I just went, ‘This is gonna be really good.’”

Matt went on to share that he recently revisited the bench with his family in Boston Commons.

Check out the interview below!


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Sarah Michelle Gellar Remembers Robin Williams on Second Anniversary of His Death

Sarah Michelle Gellar flashes a smile in a star-printed dress as she goes on a shopping trip on Thursday (August 11) in Brentwood, Calif.

Earlier this week, the 39-year-old actress shared a photo on her Instagram account showing her support of her friend Shannen Doherty, who is fighting cancer.

The same morning of her shopping trip, Sarah took to Instagram again to post another touching message, this time to her friend Robin Williams, who passed away two years ago.

Sarah and Robin worked together on the sitcom The Crazy Ones, one of Robin‘s final projects.

“‘Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students’ #robinwilliams,” Sarah captioned the sweet pic (below).

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