Robin Williams’ tragic passing has left the world mournful and in need of answers. Since his death, fans have been left wondering what was the secret to his famous smile. While we may never truly know the answer, his excellent work as a movie and television comedian has given us ample evidence of what makes Robin Williams so special. Perhaps the best way to demonstrate the range of his talent is via his makeup looks.
The Early Years
As a young comedian, Robin would often perform in small gigs in the UK. One of his first TV appearances came in 1967, when he appeared on The Dustbin Players TV show, sporting a then-revolutionary bright red dress and matching hair and makeup.
The next year, he featured in a BBC broadcast, again wearing a vivid red dress and matching lipstick. In addition to this, there’s also that unforgettable scene from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life where he plays a character called Mr. Creosote who eats people’s faces. Mr. Creosote is a disgusting caricature of a wealthy Englishman. The scene is a riotous comedic exercise in which he devours people one by one. So, probably safety in numbers inspired his choice of lip color. In this scene, we see that while much of Robin’s makeup is utilitarian, there is occasional indulgence in his choice of color. It’s as though he were daring the audience to laugh at him as he maims and then devours his victims. While we may wish the scene were fiction, the makeup is quite stunning and it serves as an excellent example of the playful side of Robin’s work. The bright red lipstick was a clear statement that this wasn’t your grandmother’s Hollywood. This was a man comfortable enough in his own skin to play with makeup.
A Bit of a Retro Appeal
Another one of Robin’s most iconic looks comes from the scene in which he plays the role of Grandfather in Good Will Hunting. After a night of drinking, he wakes up in the morning to find his face worn and weathered like an old raccoon’s face. To quote the great Charles M. Schulz, “nobody looks as good as they do in their first three minutes of appearing in a movie.” This is the kind of transformative power that makes makeup such an integral part of a performer’s arsenal. It gives them the opportunity to completely reinvent themselves and capture the imagination of others. In this case, Robin achieves perfection in the portrayal of a downtrodden and confused old man. The prosthetics that are used to create his face deformation are so convincing that it’s hard to look away. This is the power of good makeup. This is the kind of impact that good makeup can have. There’s a scene in which he walks down the street corner, begging for change. The prosthetics that make up his face are so convincing that it’s hard to look away. One witness said he appeared to be “a completely different person.” It was a deeply touching performance, especially considering that Robin was 60 years old at the time. It still resonates deeply with audiences today. As an older performer who has undergone numerous transformations due to age and the need to maintain an attractive appearance, I can personally vouch for the transformative power of makeup. It’s the one tool that I’ve relied on to preserve my youthful appearance and to allow me to feel good about myself. When you’ve got nothing else, sometimes you’ve got to rely on the power of your makeup. This scene is a wonderful example of how good makeup can make or break a performance. It’s one of the reasons why Robin’s performances in A Night at the Opera and Mrs. Doubtfire are some of his most memorable works. They’re both loaded with comedic potential, but it’s clear that Robin was able to transform himself into a different person. This is something that he was very good at. In the case of A Night at the Opera, he plays a cynical old man who becomes an unlikely fan of the opera. In the case of Doubtfire, he plays a lawyer who becomes convinced that his wife is actually Julia Roberts’s perfect British twin sister, Barbara. Once again, he transforms himself into a different person, this time to the delight of the audience. This is what makes Robin such an exceptional comedian. He’s not just performing songs and stunts, he’s able to change his appearance and play a part that is completely different from who he really is. This is something that has served him well throughout his career and it’s enabled him to continue having fun onscreen even after he stepped into the sunset for good and found true happiness. This is what has always made him so appealing to audiences. Even in his last movie, What is Art?, he plays an aging movie star who attempts to reinvent himself as a successful young artist. While this was something that he had previously been attempting through his art, this is something that he does for the amusement of the viewer. It’s a complete 180 degree change and it’s something that he’s been able to do at the pinnacle of his career. The fact that he still found the energy to have fun is a testament to his true comedic spirit. In this scene, we again see him experimenting with color and playing with shape. The prosthetics and makeup that he uses to change his appearance are so good that it’s hard to tell if it’s actually him under all those layers. This is the power of good makeup. This is the reason why Robin’s makeup looks are so memorable. They aren’t just there to convey his character, they’re doing a lot more than that. They’re helping to make the viewer a part of the performance. In some cases, this is something that he was able to pull off with a lot of fun and skill. In other cases, it required a great deal of work and it was something that he was not willing to ignore, even in his advanced years. A lot of his best work was done after he had spent a lot of time perfecting his craft and understanding the fundamentals of his trade. This is why we see such a difference in his early work and his final years. While he had experimented with different colors and shapes in his earlier years, he really honed his craft and became aware of the importance of good application. This is one of the reasons why his makeup looks are so memorable. They weren’t just for show, they were there to serve a purpose. They were carefully crafted to help tell a story and to enhance the performance.