Monday, May 20, 2024

Robin Williams Will Make Film Comeback as Dwight Eisenhower


Robin Williams, one of my favorite people and a comic genius, is getting back to doing good films. The Oscar winner (“Good Will Hunting”) is joining two excellent projects. First he’s playing former president Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” with an all star cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, John Cusack and another Oscar winner, Melissa Leo, as Mamie Eisenhower. If “The Butler” isn’t an Oscar nominee in 2014, something will be terribly wrong. Then Williams goes into Phil Alden Robinson’s “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.” He stars in it again with Melissa Leo (let’s hope they get along), Peter Dinklage, and James Earl Jones. Robinson, of course, made “Field of Dreams,” and wrote Carl Reiner’s brilliant “All of Me” with Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin, so we love him. Robin Williams has a crazy movie career and a crazier personal life, but we love him, too, and hope these two films bring him back with a vengeance. If he’s good as Eisenhower, we can all wear “I Like Ike” buttons again.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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