When it comes to movie memorabilia there are some items that bring more attention for the actors than the film they came from. One such example would be the screen used Mrs. Doubtfire dress worn by Robin Williams during filming of the iconic and much-loved movie. The item was one of thousands being sold in the latest Prop Store auction which sees many items from cinema history go under the hammer, including clapperboards, scripts, costumes, vehicles and much more, with prices ranging from a reasonable $1000 up to the staggering $300,000 which was the final selling price of the Indiana Jones fedora worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
In the second day of sales, the scorched dress worn by Williams during the fire scene in the 90s classic Mrs. Doubtfire didn’t hit the dizzying heights of the Indiana Jones lot, but still sold for a hefty $25,000. The sale was reported by Daren Rovell on his Twitter feed, and some seemed to be surprised at the amount of the sale, marveling that this should go for so much. However, Robin Williams was one of the most adored actors of our time, and the tragedy of his death hit many people hard. Items directly linked to the actor are always a big draw for nostalgic reasons, and especially when they are from one of his best known roles.
The movie itself was surprisingly brought into the spotlight for another reason earlier this year, when speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chris Columbus revealed that there was an R-rated cut of the movie that had never been released. Obviously, these days with Snyder cuts and all being the rage, this had a lot of fans talking about the almost three decade old movie.
During the interview, Columbus said, “The reality is that there was a deal between Robin and myself, which was, he’ll do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he would say, ‘Then let me play.’ And we would basically go on anywhere between 15 to 22 takes, I think 22 being the most I remember. He would sometimes go into territory that wouldn’t be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated film. I only [previously] used the phrase NC-17 as a joke. There could be no NC-17 version of the movie. I would be open to maybe doing a documentary about the making of the film, and enabling people to see certain scenes re-edited in an R-rated version,” he added. “The problem is, I don’t recall most of it. I only know what’s in the movie at this point because it’s been a long time. But I do remember it was outrageously funny material.”
As a final note, Columbus said that as far as he is concerned, the version of Mrs. Doubtfire that fans have seen is the best version of the movie. “I think that that would be the best approach. I’m very proud of the film… I’m in a good place with Mrs. Doubtfire, so there’s really no reason to do the definitive cut. The definitive cut of Mrs. Doubtfire is out in the world right now.”
With that said, fans of Williams know that he was very adapt to going off script in ways that no writer would ever be able to replicate. He was a completely unique talent, and there are numerous montages of clips from many of his movies and TV appearances that just couldn’t be used in the final cut, but are an absolute riot to watch. There have been few people able to create absolute anarchy on a set and still be loved at the end of it, but Robin Williams was certainly one of them.