In November 1993, audiences were enthralled with the hit Robin Williams film Mrs. Doubtfire, and 25 years later the late star’s costars came together to reminisce on the film and remember the actor.
This week, several of the film’s stars including Pierce Brosnan, Mara Wilson, Lisa Jakub and Matthew Lawrence sat down with Today show’s Gadi Schwartz to talk about Williams’ lasting legacy which of course included Mrs. Doubtfire.
“One of the most powerful things for me about working with him is that he was very open and honest with me talking about his issues with addiction and depression,” said Jakub, 39, who played older sister Lydia. “That was so powerful to me at 14. I have struggles with anxiety my whole life.”
“Robin was like a guiding source. He would just all of a sudden, out of the blue look over and be like, ‘Don’t do drugs. They really messed up my brain, I’m serious. Do not do them.’ That stuck with me,” Lawrence, 38, agreed.
Brosnan looked back fondly on the restaurant scene where Brosnan’s character is insulted by Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire, and Brosnan just remembers everyone barely able to keep straight faces as Williams improvised lines. “Coming here today, I went on my phone to Google the movie and the restaurant scene came up,” Brosnan, 65, added. “Robin is there as Mrs. Doubtfire and he just unleashed the most bluest, the craziest innuendos about Sally’s character.”
“You look wonderfully uncomfortable in that scene,” Wilson, 31, said, with Brosnan admitting there was “no acting required.”
Brosnan also remembers the film so fondly because of its impact on his career as a leading man. “It kept me employed, I managed to pay the mortgage and look after my children,” he joked of the movie’s impact on his life. “But it’s really ingrained in my heart because the nature of the story, which is very empowering for young men and women or families that are divorced. I think it’s a very healing film in many ways.”