Shapstik’s Movie Clip of the Week: Good Will Hunting (1997)

“You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist?”

With the tragic news of Robin Williams’ death, the internet has been inundated with pictures and videos of some amazing and forgotten memories of the great actor’s best moments. The first that sprang to my mind was his role in Good Will Hunting as mentor to a very young Matt Damon.

I have chosen the bench scene, as it encapsulates a part of the Robin Williams’ acting persona that lies beneath all the brilliant jokes and smiles. We saw it in Dead Poet’s Society too, where he transcends mere understanding and shares your feelings, helps you to help yourself. He played the role to perfection, and Damon says nothing in the entire scene, as we the audience are pulled in by the late actor’s kind eyes and patient delivery.

A fantastic actor whom is already sorely missed. I hope that this clip acts as more than my tribute, and encourages a few people to go back through their movie collection and remind themselves why he was so loved and adored in the film and public eye.



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