Watch the intimate trailer for HBO’s Robin Williams documentary

Trailer Debuts For HBO's Robin Williams Documentary

The trailer reveals the documentary to be largely narrated by the late Robin Williams himself, as the trailer starts with him saying "Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to enter the human mind".

Directed by Marina Zenovich, the new documentary is very much a "life and times" affair, focusing on the good, the bad, and the hard struggles that came with Williams' legendary career. Not many had an inkling that one of the world's funniest entertainers was actually suffering inside. "Off stage, I just felt he was holding himself together", he says. Towards the end of the trailer, Williams' son Zak says that his father didn't always feel that he was succeeding, but despite that sense of insecurity, he still was at the top of his game until the very end. This doc originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. "But he is the most successful person I know". And during a week when two beloved public figures - Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade - have committed suicide (amid reports that the latter fixated upon Williams' own 2014 death by suicide), the trailer packs even more of a gut punch.

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Robin Williams was a comedian unlike no other, conquering the worlds of film, television and stand-up with an idiosyncratic sense of timing that helped him carve out a distinct presence as an entertainer. Emmy award-winning director Marina Zenovich also has access to private home videos and on-stage footage of Williams' early stand-up comedy routines.

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