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This story first appeared in May’s Emmy standalone issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Robin Williams is everywhere on the set of The Crazy Ones on the Fox lot in Century City this February morning. Literally.
A towering mural of him, located by the lobby elevators of the fictional firm Lewis, Roberts + Roberts, is showcased regularly on the David E. Kelley-created comedy about a Chicago ad agency (it was canceled May 10 after one season), and offstage, a miniature version is located conveniently by the men’s restroom.
“It’s a bit disturbing to walk in and go, ‘Whoa!’ ” deadpans Williams, 62. “There’s enough of me everywhere.”
It has been more than three decades since Williams Emmy-nominated run on Mork & Mindy, but it’s as if, for him, no time has passed. “It’s gotten to this place of comfortable — in a good way,” says Williams between setups for the finale.
His onscreen daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar, 37, attributes the stress-free zone to two factors: Williams and her co-stars, who include James Wolk, 29; Hamish Linklater, 37; and Amanda Setton, 28.
“We are all so different; no one’s competitive,” says Gellar. “If you’re going to leave your family to go to work, you want to make it the best possible environment. That comes from Robin — he’s one of the kindest, most generous actors or people I’ve ever met.”
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