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Entertainment Billy Crystal Reflects On Final Days With Close Friend And Co-Star Robin Williams

08:36  09 may  2018
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Opening up: Billy Crystal reflects on the death of his close friend Robin Williams in a forthcoming episode of Sunday night. 'You know he was my closest pal and I loved him more than a brother sometimes,' he is filmed telling reporter Rahni Sadler in the footage.

close menu. Nerdist. Podcasts. “He needed that little extra hug that you can only get from strangers,” Billy Crystal recalls of his dear, departed friend Robin Williams in Marina Zenovich’s new documentary Robin Williams : Come Inside My Mind.

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It was tough for Billy Crystal to see his friend's deteriorating condition, but now he is opening up about the days, weeks, and months preceding Robin Williams' death.

“He wasn’t feeling well, but he didn’t let on to me all that was going on,” Crystal said in a Vanity Fair excerpt from the new biography Robin. “As he would say to me, ‘I’m a little crispy.’ I didn’t know what was happening, except he wasn’t happy.”

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Crystal recalled one particular encounter with Williams in 2013. “I hadn’t seen him in about four or five months at the time, and when he got out of the car I was a little taken aback by how he looked," he told author Dave Itzkoff. "He was thinner and he seemed a little frail."

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And on Wednesday Billy Crystal looked downcast as he arrived at the Los Angeles International airport, two days after the passing of his dear friend and colleague Robin Williams .

Finally , Crystal offered a few final remarks on Williams ’ lasting legacy. For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in a comedy galaxy. Tags. Death, Video Of The Day , Billy Crystal , emmys, Robin - Williams .

“He seemed quiet. On occasion, he’d just reach out and hold my shoulder and look at me like he wanted to say something," he continued. "He hugged me goodbye, and Janice and he started crying. I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ He said, ‘Oh, I’m just so happy to see you. It’s been too long. You know I love you.'"

Crystal, 70, and Williams have shared the screen multiple times, co-starring in movies like "Father's Day", "Get Bruce", and "Hamlet".

“His number comes up on my phone and he says, ‘Hey, Bill.’ His voice was high-pitched," Crystal remembered. "‘I’ve just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s,’ Williams revealed to him. “I didn’t miss a beat. Because of my relationship with Muhammad Ali, I knew a lot of really good Parkinson’s research doctors."

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"I said, ‘In Phoenix, the research centre is great. If you want, we can get you in there. It would be totally anonymous. Do you want me to pursue that?’ Would you?’ I never heard him afraid like that before," continued Crystal. "This was the boldest comedian I ever met — the boldest artist I ever met. But this was just a scared man.”

Williams passed away on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 23.

Jim Carrey: I Never Had A Feud With Robin Williams .
A misleading report suggests that Jim Carrey had a “bitter feud” with Robin Williams, but the comedic actor exclusively tells Gossip Cop the claim is “completely off base.” In reality, a blog is twisting and sensationalizing a story featured in a new biography about the late comedy legend. Earlier this week, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff released a biography about Williams which includes a passage about his jealousy of Carrey. It’s said in the book that the late comedian was threatened by the younger comic’s rise to stardom. Williams was also said to have gotten upset when Carrey took the role of The Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever after he had turned it down. In the new book, titled Robin, Williams’ former makeup artist Cheri Minns also confirms the late actor’s insecurities about Carrey. She even notes that his ex-wife Marsha once told him to calm down and accept that there’s “room for other people.” In an attempt to stir up controversy, RadarOnline borrowed this chapter from the book and published an article with the headline, “Robin ‘Completely Freaked Out’ Over Jim’s Success: Their Bitter Feud Exposed.” However, there was no actual tension between the comedians on a personal level, nor does Itzkoff’s book indicate that there was. This so-called “bitter feud” is the website’s inaccurate interpretation of what the biography actually says. Carrey exclusively tells Gossip Cop, “RadarOnline is completely off base and creating a feud that didn’t exist.

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