We May Not Get to Enjoy Robin Williams’ Final Screen Performance

By August 18, 2014
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As his many fans and admirers continue to reel from his recent death, the spirit and talent of Robin Williams promises to grace the big screen at least four more times, as the actor had reportedly completed Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Boulevard, and Absolutely Anything before his passing last week.

Now, however, it seems that we might not get to enjoy his skills — particularly, his voice skills — in that final filmIn Absolutely Anything, Williams was cast as star Simon Pegg’s dog, Dennis, and even Pegg is unsure if Williams had finished recording his lines for the film. The sci-fi-tinged comedy centers on a man — played by Pegg — “who is given the incredible power to make his every wish a reality by a group of aliens,” which apparently includes wishing that his dog can talk (a pretty standard wish, all things considered). The film is packed with great voice talent, including a mess of the Monty Python team, who are set to voice those wish-giving aliens.

Pegg tells The Telegraph (via ComingSoon), “I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it. And of course there will be a degree of sadness there, but the work he did do would have been done with his usual verve and brilliance.”

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The film is reportedly still in post-production, so if Williams did not complete his work, the production will have to decide how to move forward. It sounds like it would be a real loss to the film, especially as Pegg is still recovering from the news of Williams’ passing. He shared, “It is a terrible loss. He was someone who we assumed to be a bright and vivacious and interminably happy man, but he clearly wasn’t.”

When pressed for comment, studio Lionsgate UK would not comment on if we can expect to hear Williams in the film’s final cut.

Absolutely Anything does not yet have a release date.

Fans of the comedian will be able to see the actor in his other three final films, so that’s certainly something to look forward to: Merry Friggin’ Christmas will arrive in November, Boulevard has played on the festival circuit, and Night at the Museum will open on December 19.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.