American actor Jamie Costa’s impression of legendary comedian Robin Williams has gone viral and sparked calls from stunned fans for a movie deal.
The five minute clip, titled ROBIN Test Footage Scene, posted to Costa’s Youtube channel features himself as Williams and Sarah Murphree as Pam Dawber on the set of Mork & Mindy.
The scene is set the day after John Belushi’s death from a fatal drug overdose and shows Dawber breaking the news to Williams and his reaction.
Costa’s performance was applauded for his likeness to the late comedian with many fans calling for a biopic of the late actor with Costa to star.
One fan commented on the YouTube video, “Unbelievable. The best I’ve ever seen.”
“When I clicked to watch, I was worried that this impression would feel like an impression, but you managed to capture Robin’s spirit with a nuance my poor heart wasn’t prepared to endure. There will be tears of sadness and joy in the theater when this movie is made, so it must be made!”
“Jamie, you have started something that neither you can stop at this point. We’re ready for a Robin’s biopic and you must be the star.”
“This is absolutely incredible.. I’m speechless. His voice, mannerisms, physicality and acting is just astounding. This actually felt like Robin was alive again.. for just 5 minutes. Jamie needs to play Robin in a biopic. That would be amazing.”
Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late actor, is aware of the viral video and acknowledged Costa’s talent but has asked fans to stop sending her the video. In a statement on Twitter she said, “Guys, I’m only saying this because I don’t think it’ll stop until I acknowledge it… please, stop sending me the ‘test footage’,” she said.
“I’ve seen it. Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird.”
Guys, I’m only saying this because I don’t think it’ll stop until I acknowledge it… please, stop sending me the ‘test footage’. I’ve seen it. Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 12, 2021
Robin Williams’ son, Zak, opened up on his relationship with his father and his passing in an interview earlier this year on the anniversary of the comedian’s death.
Robin Williams took his own life on August 11, 2014 at his home in northern California. He is regarded as one of the best comedians of all time and is well known for his improvisational skills and the wide variety of characters.
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