Robin Williams

Incredible Robin Williams Impression Has Fans Wanting A Biopic

A video featuring an uncanny portrayal of Mork & Mindy-era Robin Williams has gone viral, leaving fans clamoring for a biopic of the beloved actor.

Actor and impressionist Jamie Costa has gone viral thanks to a video of him portraying Robin Williams, with fans now clamoring for a biopic. A talented impressionist himself, Williams first rose to fame on the television sitcom Mork & Mindy from 1978 to 1982. His appearance in Popeye in 1980 marked the beginning of a long and fruitful film career, first in comedic roles and then branching out towards more dramatic performances. Williams starred in such movies as Good Morning, VietnamDead Poets SocietyAladdinJumanji, and as a middle-aged Peter Pan in Hook. For his performance in Good Will Hunting, Williams took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Costa previously released an impression of Williams in 2014 following the beloved actor’s tragic death by suicide. In a video titled “Never Had A Friend Like Him,” Costa recreated some of Williams’ most memorable characters. Williams isn’t the only source of inspiration for Costa. He has produced a number of impressive fan films over the years, offering his own spin on characters like Wolverine, Han Solo, and Batman’s Mad Hatter. In 2019 Costa created and starred in Kenobi – A Star Wars Fan Film. The megafan plays Obi-Wan in a story on Tattooine between episodes III and IV.

Costa’s latest creation is an uncanny portrayal of Robin Williams that he uploaded on YouTube. In the video, titled “ROBIN Test Footage Scene,” a young Williams circa 1982 is reading lines in his dressing room for Mork & Mindy. Pam Dawber, played by Sarah Murphree, interrupts Williams to break the news of comedian John Belushi’s death. Williams is in a state of disbelief, insisting, “No, I told you, I was with him. John’s not dead, I was with him last night.” Costa plays the whole spectrum of Williams’ emotions, oscillating between giddy and grief-stricken, all in faithful Mork attire. At the end of the five-minute clip, a shell-shocked Williams returns to his lines with a plucky “nanu nanu!” Check out the video below.

Costa’s video has received universally positive praise and, as of this writing, has already racked up more than one and a half million views on YouTube. A common refrain among commenters is that they are “in awe” of Costa’s performance, which movingly captures Williams’ likeness and spirit. “I don’t often get goosebumps from something truly uncanny,” one viewer Tweeted, “but this is quite magical footage.” Now fans are clamoring for Costa to be cast in a Williams biopic, asserting that no other actor could do the role justice.

There is no Robin Williams biopic on the horizon quite yet. Fortunately, fans can tide themselves over with the 2020 documentary Robin’s Wish. Directed by Tylor Norwood, the film looks into Williams’ life and final days and illuminates the context of his death. If and when Robin Williams’ life does get the biopic treatment, casting agents will be hard pressed to find a more spot-on imitation than Costa’s.

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