Nathan Lane's story about Robin Williams will make you miss him even more
Martin Macdonald - 28 March 2023, 14:06 Modified: 28 March 2023, 14:13 Share
Robin Williams is one of the most beloved and popular actors in history.
With roles in movies like Jumanji, Mrs Doubtfire, Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam, he emerged not only as a spectacular entertainer, but a well-respected actor.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting.
On 11 August 2014, the world tragically lost Williams after he took his own life. Later reports detailed that he was suffering from a form of dementia.
Family, friends, fans and co-stars were all heartbroken at the news with tributes coming in the thousands. Nearly 10 years later, Williams' Birdcage co-star Nathan Lane has explained the level of friendship he had with him.
On an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lane feared being outed as gay when he wasn't ready. When the conversation turned to Lane's sexuality, Williams quickly changed the subject.
"I was not prepared at all for that," he recalled on Sunday Today With Willie Geist.
"And I certainly wasn't ready to go from table to table and tell them all I was gay. I just wanted to talk about finally (I) got a big part in a movie, and I didn't want to make it about my sexuality.
"I don't think Oprah was trying to out me. I said to Robin beforehand, 'I'm not prepared. I'm so scared of going out there and talking to Oprah. I'm not prepared to discuss that I'm gay on national television. I'm not ready. He said, 'Oh, it's all right, don't worry about - we don't have to talk about it. We won't talk about it.'"
Winfrey asked Lane why he was so good at "the girly stuff" in Birdcage. Williams took the conversation on another tangent as, in Lane's own words, he was "a saint".
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