Robin Williams impersonator leaves fans wanting biopic

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‘This is truly, truly extraordinary’

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Robin Williams fans have found the star they’d like to see play the late comedian in a potential biopic.

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Actor Jamie Costa posted a five-minute clip to his YouTube channel titled “ROBIN Test Footage Scene,” in which he is captured behind-the-scenes of Williams’ `80s sitcom Mork and Mindy on March 5, 1982, alongside Sarah Murphree as Pam Dawber/Mindy. Costa’s impersonation left viewers raving about his performance.

“This is a FANTASTIC impression of Robin Williams,” one person commented on the viral sensation, which has racked up over 3.4 million views on YouTube. “If there is ever a biopic, they better cast you.”

In the clip, directed and edited by Jake Lewis, Murphree’s Dawber breaks the news of John Belushi’s death to Costa’s Williams.

“I told you I was with him,” Costa says channelling Williams’ heartbreak. “John’s not dead. I was with him last night.”

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Belushi, a close pal of Williams, died at age 33 of a cocaine and heroin overdose at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in 1982.

As he processes the news, Dawber says, “I can’t let what happened to him happen to you. ‘Cause if it did, Robin, I would find you and kill you first.” The line prompts Williams to make a joke.

Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy in the television classic Mork and Mindy.
Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy in the television classic Mork and Mindy.

“You sounded like James Bond just then,” he sheepishly replies. “The name’s Dawbs, Pam Dawbs.”

As their conversation ends, Costa as Williams takes his place back in front of his mirror to recite lines for that day’s shoot.

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The short scene had fans thirsting for a full biopic of Williams, who committed suicide in 2014 after battling Lewy body dementia.

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“This is truly, truly extraordinary. Give Jamie Costa everything he needs to make this movie. NOW. Before it’s too late. Because all I saw was Robin Williams, not an actor playing him,” one person enthused on YouTube, while another added, “This is … everything. My god. This isn’t an impression, this is a man who gets it. This is someone who hasn’t just studied the man, he loved him like everyone else, and it’s clear. I’m just so floored by this.”

This isn’t the first time Costa has made headlines for his impersonations.

He has appeared in a number of fan films over the years, including Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade and KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film .

There are currently no plans to turn parts of Williams’ life into a big screen movie, but in a 2018 biography of the actor, Dave Itzkoff captured how his decades-long exuberance would make for an entertaining feature-length film.

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