Robin Williams' legendary Mrs. Doubtfire improvisation to be detailed in new documentary
Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the most beloved comedy movies of all time and arguably Williams' most iconic character. It was an astonishing box office success, earning $441 million on a budget of $25m.
Williams is known as a master of improv and stories of his performance in thousands of hours of footage on the set have become the stuff of legend.
Chris Columbus, who directed the movie, is planning a documentary that will utilise that footage.
“We are talking about it and trying to get it done," he told Business Insider.
“There are roughly 972 boxes of footage from (Mrs) Doubtfire — footage we used in the movie, outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage — in a warehouse somewhere and we would like to hire an editor to go in and look at all of that footage.
“We want to show Robin’s process. There is something special and magical about how he went about his work and I think it would be fun to delve into it. I mean, there’s two million feet of film in that warehouse so there could be something we can do with all of that.”
Columbus also revealed that extra cameras were required to catch everything Williams pulled off just in case it turned out to be comedy gold.
“It got to the point that I had to shoot the entire movie with four cameras to keep up with him," the Home Alone directed continued.
“None of us knew what he was going to say when he got going and so I wanted a camera on the other actors to get their reactions. For Pierce Brosnan and Sally Field, it was quite difficult for them not to break character.”
Williams tragically passed away in 2014 after taking his own life at his home in California.
Robin Williams' improvisation
Comedy / Drama
1993 • 120 minutes