Robin Williams' 'Absolutely Anything' Voice Role Maybe Not Finished
Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on!
The Telegraph also spoke to Pegg about Williams' work in the film, and he said:
“I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it. And of course there will be a degree of sadness there, but the work he did do would have been done with his usual verve and brilliance.”
The film, also directed by Terry Jones, is in post-production, and now the filmmakers may end up having to start from scratch by hiring a new actor to do the voice role instead. If that's the case, it's a real shame we won't get to hear Williams in his element after he's done such incredible and hilarious voice work in Aladdin and Happy Feet. If Williams really wasn't finished with the film, we hope that there's some way we'll be able to hear whatever completed work he did. Maybe the home video release can have an extra that has all his voice recordings matched to the scenes he had already completed. Still, we're pretty bummed that this is one less performance we'll get from the late comedian.
UPDATE: Filmmakers have released a statement saying Robin Williams did complete his work on Absolutely Anything before his untimely passing. Producers said, "Contrary to reports, we are able to confirm that Robin Williams completed his voice recording for the role of Dennis. Everyone on the Absolutely Anything team was distraught to hear the sad news earlier this week and we send our condolences to Robin's family." Well, that's at least some good news in the wake of this tragedy that we can't seem to shake.