I’ve loved Mike Nichols’ wonderful film “The Birdcage” ever since I first saw it, which, honestly, was at an age I can’t specifically remember — probably when I was about 8.
I presumably scared the shit out of my parents when I was younger, because of my love for this film. And when I think of Robin Williams, I’ve always thought of “The Birdcage”, but more specifically, this scene. It’s a great representation of the movie as a whole — there’s music, drama, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them quips, outrageousness, and just general hilarity.
I would often — again, at the age of about 8 years old — perform Armand’s “eclectic celebration of dance” in order to get a laugh out of my parents and brother. I had that shit down pat as a kid, even though I didn’t know a single person Robin Williams’ was referencing — except for Madonna.
Still to this day, I return to “The Birdcage” and must resist the urge to quote the entire movie to no one in particular as it plays. I could probably get away with never watching the film again and just recite it in its entirety whenever I feel the need.
There’s been a tremendous outpouring on the web from Robin’s fans, friends, and colleagues in the wake of his sad passing. This is just another post from another fan, but just as I frequently feel the urge to re-watch “The Birdcage”, I now feel a desire to share my admiration for Robin — as many others have done.
As a child, a teen, and as an adult, Robin has consistently brought me joy. It’s of my opinion that today is not just a sad day for those who knew Robin or were fans of his, but is rather a sad day for the world. The world lost a man who constantly captivated audiences and brought a smile to the face of mankind.
As a man who recently lost his own father, my heart goes out to Robin’s family — particularly his three kids. Despite the reportedly upsetting nature of Robin’s death — hopefully, they will find solace in the fact that their father was able to entertain millions with his outlandish and at times poignant ways.
So, Robin, tonight I’ll do an “eclectic celebration of dance” in your honor. And wherever you are, Robin — find my dad and tell him a funny story. He was just as big a fan of yours as the rest of the world was.