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(LAist)   Mork Calling Orson Collect: Robin Williams admits he's returning to TV, selling Napa ranch because he's broke: "The movies are good, but a lot of times they don't even have distribution. There are bills to pay"   (laist.com) divider line 107
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2013-09-14 08:20:52 AM
That show actually looks like it could be fun. Williams (financial) loss could be our gain.
 
2013-09-14 08:42:16 AM
an honest actor...what are the odds?
 
2013-09-14 08:45:41 AM
Well, now that big TV actors make as much if not more than they would making movies, it's not a bad career choice.
 
2013-09-14 08:47:14 AM
Fortunately, this is a time when it's in fashion for movie actors to go to TV. Plus, a lot of TV shows are better written than movies nowadays anyway.
 
2013-09-14 08:48:02 AM

Unoriginal_Username: an honest actor...what are the odds?


He's shockingly candid when people ask him questions. I listened to the WTF podcast not long ago and Maron asked him about stealing jokes. He essentially said (paraphrased), "When I did it I don't think I realized I did, but I would pay people after the fact. It got so bad and I was always so high that I became an ATM after a while and had to shut it down."
 
2013-09-14 08:48:23 AM
Wow, things have gotten tough for Jerry too.  Well, gotta pay the lawyers I guess.
 
2013-09-14 08:49:24 AM

MightyPez: Unoriginal_Username: an honest actor...what are the odds?

He's shockingly candid when people ask him questions. I listened to the WTF podcast not long ago and Maron asked him about stealing jokes. He essentially said (paraphrased), "When I did it I don't think I realized I did, but I would pay people after the fact. It got so bad and I was always so high that I became an ATM after a while and had to shut it down."


While Williams blames divorces, I do wonder if the amount of money he spent on drugs was a factor.
 
2013-09-14 08:49:28 AM

bborchar: Well, now that big TV actors make as much if not more than they would making movies, it's not a bad career choice.


Steve Buscemi has probably made more from Boardwalk Empire than all his movie paychecks combined.
 
2013-09-14 08:58:23 AM
How does someone (sober) blow so much money?  Marble and lobster aren't that expensive
 
2013-09-14 09:04:42 AM

ThrillaManilla: How does someone (sober) blow so much money?  Marble and lobster aren't that expensive

 
2013-09-14 09:17:53 AM
Unoriginal_Username: an honest actor comedian...what are the odds? that's pretty common.

FTFY

/Yeah, his stand up hasn't been any good in 20+ years, but it's where he started.
//I have way more respect for comedians than actors
 
2013-09-14 09:25:50 AM
He's only 62? Cocaine is a helluva drug.
 
2013-09-14 09:32:24 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: While Williams blames divorces, I do wonder if the amount of money he spent on drugs was a factor.


He probably wouldn't have been as funny without them. They're essentially a business expense, he should have written them off on his taxes.
 
2013-09-14 09:41:09 AM

ThrillaManilla: How does someone (sober) blow so much money?


Step 1:  Develop a infamous coke habit
  Step 2:  Get a divorce

Rinse and repeat  as needed.
 
2013-09-14 10:06:15 AM
He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.  He would do well on a sit-com though because they love one-dimensional characters.  He'll be fine, as long as he can stay out of divorce court.
 
2013-09-14 10:07:01 AM
How much of his money did he shove up his nose?
 
2013-09-14 10:09:35 AM
He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.
 
2013-09-14 10:16:35 AM

YoOjo: He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.


i just bought a replica lightsaber for $200. I'm not good with money. This guy snorted up millions. The divorces aren't his fault (ever hear of a pre-nup though?)  but damn.
 
2013-09-14 10:22:08 AM

InmanRoshi: ThrillaManilla: How does someone (sober) blow so much money?

Step 1:  Develop a infamous coke habit
  Step 2:  Get a divorce

Rinse and repeat  as needed.


He's also a drunk.
 
2013-09-14 10:36:53 AM
It always amazes me when very successful actors end up broke. How on earth can you bun through that much cash? Even with a full 50% split twice in a row from divorces he'd still be left with a quarter of a huge amount of money.
 
2013-09-14 10:37:41 AM

katerbug72: He's also a drunk.


Yeah, but any wino can afford that. Thank God.
 
2013-09-14 10:44:12 AM

YoOjo: He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.


YoOjo: He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.

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2013-09-14 10:46:16 AM
Side note from the article:  Buffy is still smoking hot.
 
2013-09-14 10:47:46 AM
meh-nu, meh-nu
 
2013-09-14 10:47:48 AM

Mugato: YoOjo: He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.

i just bought a replica lightsaber for $200. I'm not good with money. This guy snorted up millions. The divorces aren't his fault (ever hear of a pre-nup though?)  but damn.


I, as usual, have no idea what I am talking about.
I've been told I have the emotional development of a teenager, which I assume makes it so I'm not grown up. I'm also emotionally afflicted (depressed) to the point that I ceased being wealthy five years ago and now scrape by on pennies. I am however quite good with money and manage to save even though I earn next to nothing.
I assume I exist to play devil's advocate to my own theories, which while distracting is ok as my theories are mostly dark.
 
2013-09-14 10:56:00 AM

Target Builder: It always amazes me when very successful actors end up broke. How on earth can you bun through that much cash? Even with a full 50% split twice in a row from divorces he'd still be left with a quarter of a huge amount of money.


I'd say it's pretty easy.  You spend 15 years living like you're still Mrs. Doubtfire/Jumanji Robin Williams when you're actually The Big Wedding/guest spot on Louie Robin Williams.
 
2013-09-14 11:06:31 AM

Mugato: whizbangthedirtfarmer: While Williams blames divorces, I do wonder if the amount of money he spent on drugs was a factor.

He probably wouldn't have been as funny without them. They're essentially a business expense, he should have written them off on his taxes.


You know ... he was never all that funny.  He started off strong, when his shtick was original, but he's fallen apart to the point where his shtick is the source of parody itself.  Hell, even Ellen Degeneres poked fun at him.  Ellen Degeneres!
 
2013-09-14 11:08:56 AM

static.thehollywoodgossip.comwhizbangthedirtfarmer: MightyPez: Unoriginal_Username: an honest actor...what are the odds? He's shockingly candid when people ask him questions. I listened to the WTF podcast not long ago and Maron asked him about stealing jokes. He essentially said (paraphrased), "When I did it I don't think I realized I did, but I would pay people after the fact. It got so bad and I was always so high that I became an ATM after a while and had to shut it down." While Williams blames divorces, I do wonder if the amount of money he spent on drugs was a factor.

He left his wife for his child's nanny. He just dumped her for wife #3. I think wife #3 has expensive taste.
 
2013-09-14 11:12:04 AM

advex101: He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.


You might want to see this.
 
2013-09-14 11:13:42 AM

YoOjo: He's another guy that never grew up, they aren't good with money.



So, you're saying he found his happy thought and can fly again.

/leaves crowing like a rooster
 
2013-09-14 11:14:39 AM
"He's also a drunk."

Who isn't on Fark?
 
2013-09-14 11:29:04 AM

advex101: He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.


The Fisher King
Insomnia
One Hour Photo
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting

How in any way can you pretend that these are all the same character?
 
2013-09-14 11:31:15 AM
He also plays Warhammer 40 K. That shiat is expensive.
 
2013-09-14 11:38:48 AM
Didn't he pick up the tab for Christopher Reeve's medical bills that insurance didn't cover? Very classy move, and it made me think he was rolling in dough.
 
2013-09-14 11:41:22 AM

I can't think up a clever name: advex101: He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.

The Fisher King
Insomnia
One Hour Photo
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting

How in any way can you pretend that these are all the same character?


A film critic once noticed that Williams plays two distinct part: Goofy Williams and Serious Williams.  There's not much difference between the guy in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, and there isn't much difference between the guy in Good Morning Vietnam and Mork n' Mindy.  The differences lie in the writing, not the acting.
 
2013-09-14 11:42:27 AM
It may not be what most Farkers are thinking but I will tune in for Sarah Michelle Gellar. Glad to see her working. Ringer was a better show then it's ratings.
 
2013-09-14 11:43:14 AM

Target Builder: It always amazes me when very successful actors end up broke. How on earth can you bun through that much cash? Even with a full 50% split twice in a row from divorces he'd still be left with a quarter of a huge amount of money.


Well remember that he had to pay taxes(likely half or even more) up front, so you have to divide by half yet again. And even if he has a prenup, there's no guarantee that the judge will accept it as is, and even if they do, child support is an ongoing expense. Plus, although he doesn't seem like the type to have an 'entourage', he likely still needs an agent, lawyer, accountant, publicist(all of that stuff is usually at least a few % off the top, sometimes more).. And yeah, the drugs.

That said, he must have burned through a lot of money, I have a friend who used to work as a corporate party planner who booked him a few times over the years, and he used to get as much as $250,000 for a private performance. That income probably slowed down quite a bit after the dotcom bubble burst though, corporate parties have never been the same!

The one I never understood going broke was Mel Gibson. He financed The Passion of the Christ out of his own pocket and had to distribute the movie himself, so he owned it outright. They didn't do that much marketing, and it still did hundreds of millions at the box office, so he must have cleared well over $100 million if not more. And yet a few years later he was claiming he was broke.
 
2013-09-14 11:48:36 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: I can't think up a clever name: advex101: He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.

The Fisher King
Insomnia
One Hour Photo
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting

How in any way can you pretend that these are all the same character?

A film critic once noticed that Williams plays two distinct part: Goofy Williams and Serious Williams.  There's not much difference between the guy in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, and there isn't much difference between the guy in Good Morning Vietnam and Mork n' Mindy.  The differences lie in the writing, not the acting.


The only one that seems genuinely different is The Fisher King. But when you have Terry Gilliam directing you, you can expect a good performance.
 
2013-09-14 11:49:09 AM

count_chimpula: The one I never understood going broke was Mel Gibson. He financed The Passion of the Christ out of his own pocket and had to distribute the movie himself, so he owned it outright. They didn't do that much marketing, and it still did hundreds of millions at the box office, so he must have cleared well over $100 million if not more. And yet a few years later he was claiming he was broke.

 
2013-09-14 11:50:55 AM

count_chimpula: The one I never understood going broke was Mel Gibson. He financed The Passion of the Christ out of his own pocket and had to distribute the movie himself, so he owned it outright. They didn't do that much marketing, and it still did hundreds of millions at the box office, so he must have cleared well over $100 million if not more. And yet a few years later he was claiming he was broke


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/ Now with image!
 
2013-09-14 11:57:42 AM
He was born into wealth and privilege. I'm sure he has kept excellent track of his finances all things considered. He is just facing the same thing many of his Hollywood coleagues are. Too many expenses. He can either lower the nut and take a good, local, dependable job with a steady paycheck or keep getting up in hotel rooms at 4 AM to shoot some movie that may last ten seconds at the box office.
 
2013-09-14 12:15:20 PM
If you haven't seen it, check out Death To Smoochy. Robin Williams's role as a corrupt and possibly psychotic children's television host is brilliant. Screw the critics, Edward Norton and Williams are absolute gold in this one.
 
2013-09-14 12:20:38 PM

jjorsett: Didn't he pick up the tab for Christopher Reeve's medical bills that insurance didn't cover? Very classy move, and it made me think he was rolling in dough.


They both denied the story.
 
2013-09-14 12:21:02 PM
No one who has earned what he has earned over the course of his career should need money. I can only assume he's pissed away most of what he's made.
 
2013-09-14 12:24:37 PM

Nogale: No one who has earned what he has earned over the course of his career should need money. I can only assume he's pissed away most of what he's made.


Robin Williams is broke cuz coke is 'spensive.
 
2013-09-14 12:25:10 PM
What Dreams May Come gets a lot of shiat, but his performance still would have made that movie for me if it weren't for the imagery.
 
2013-09-14 12:26:40 PM
*I should clarify.

....even WITHOUT the imagery.
 
2013-09-14 12:32:20 PM

PiffMan420: If you haven't seen it, check out Death To Smoochy. Robin Williams's role as a corrupt and possibly psychotic children's television host is brilliant. Screw the critics, Edward Norton and Williams are absolute gold in this one.


mcreadyblue: jjorsett: Didn't he pick up the tab for Christopher Reeve's medical bills that insurance didn't cover? Very classy move, and it made me think he was rolling in dough.

They both denied the story.


These two posts in order made sense to me. I liked the movie too, but somehow everyone involved tries to hush up their involvement. Yet I liked it more than Norton's Hulk or Williams'... anything.

Plus if you watch it, you'll swear that the evil executive is played by Jon Stewart's son.
 
2013-09-14 12:35:25 PM

I can't think up a clever name: advex101: He improvises well (and is funny) but as an actor he's very one dimensional.  Seems like the same character every movie.

The Fisher King
Insomnia
One Hour Photo
Good Morning Vietnam
Good Will Hunting

How in any way can you pretend that these are all the same character?


Indeed. And he plays (SPOILER) evil very well in Insomnia
 
2013-09-14 12:55:50 PM
He thinks TV is a steady paycheck?
 
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