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Robin Williams Bares His Heart, Discusses 2020 in This Lovely Animated Interview

We’ve featured many installments of Blank on Blank, PBS’s animated interview series, but their latest video is particularly moving. It comprises two interviews with the late Robin Williams, whose rapid-fire comedy and blistering, introspective sincerity have rarely been in fuller force.

The interviews are from a story Lawrence Grobel did in 1992 for Playboy. In them, Williams characteristically flits from one persona to another: the motor-mouthed funny guy, speculating on the world of 2020; the confessional celebrity, copping to his many shortcomings; the humane family man, quick to emphasize the importance of humility. It’s a lovely, touching reminder of the breadth and depth of his talent.

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