Sarah Michelle Gellar was “inappropriate” to get her latest acting part.
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star wanted her potential co-star Robin Williams to know she adored his work when being considered for TV show The Crazy Ones.
So she sent a message to the funnyman via mutual pals.
“His best friend’s wife has been one of my closest friends for years now,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “So when I read the script I called her and her husband and said, ‘I know this is inappropriate and normally I would never do this, but if you speak to Robin, tell him I am one of his biggest fans and I would be honored to even read for him.’ ”
Despite the show’s leading lady being very aware of his talent, Robin admits he was oblivious to her before they began working together.
However he would like to reflect on her past project Buffy now they are colleagues.
“To be honest I’ve never seen one episode,” he confessed. “Send me one.”
Now Robin is working on The Crazy Ones, he is enjoying the job more than his previous small screen efforts including Mork & Mindy.
He mainly likes not having the pressure of getting a scene right in front of strangers.
“With Mork & Mindy we had crazy audiences, especially when Jonathan Winters was on,” he revealed. “The idea of having a live audience puts on a little more pressure.
“With this you can find different types of comedy – kick a*s – but at the same time something slightly more subtle, more laid-back.”
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Robin Williams thinks social media “kills conversation”.
The 52-year-old comedic actor is active on Twitter but he still has a few reservations about using the micro-blogging website.
The star claims putting his life out there for the world to view on the internet can be unsettling.
“It’s weird today,” he told Parade magazine.
“There are YouTube videos on a daily basis of assassinations, suicide bombers…. You’re inundated with images that are so brutal, and it has a numbing effect. The shock wears off.
“Tweets? That stuff kills conversation. And people taking pictures with their phone or recording you, sometimes surreptitiously, is creepy. They come up and just start talking to you, and you can see the red light on their phone.”
Robin is more comfortable with using pen and paper to communicate.
The Academy Award-winning actor says scribbling his thoughts in notebooks enhances his creative process.
“I write on big yellow legal pads – ideas in outline form when I’m doing stand-up and stuff,” he shared.
“It’s vivid that way. I can’t type it into an iPad – I think that would put a filter into the process. You have to access things that normally you wouldn’t. It’s almost post-orgasmic. You come out of it drained, going, ‘Whoa! What was that?’ When you really hit it you surprise yourself, and sometimes others.”
Robin will next be seen in comedy drama The Angriest Man In Brooklyn opposite James Earl Jones and Mila Kunis, which is due for release later this year.
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