Following a performance of her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking (which World of Wonder filmed for HBO) Carrie Fisher was surprised to see Robin show up backstage, alone and in a particularly serious mood.
“He … looked lost, kind of, and he said that he didn’t think he was bipolar. He took the test that I gave the audience and got all the answers right, but didn’t think [being bipolar] was something that had anything to do with him,” recalled Fisher, who has been candid about her own struggles with mental illness and addiction. “I never heard anything so off the mark. Like I did, he was driven by that frantic eagerness that you don’t just want someone to like you, you want to explode on their night sky like a miracle. And he did.”
“The reason I bring up the conversation after the play is because we were both slowed down. That was the one time that he was very serious. … I could tell he was struggling then. … But when you get there, it’s hard to talk. You are reaching out from such a far away place. What do you say? You don’t want to be a burden and you don’t want to seem like you feel sorry for yourself — it’s humiliating among so many other things,” Fisher said, before tearing up on the other end of the line. “He made us all feel like he wished he could. He brought joy and surprise, and he would take you places you wouldn’t even know you wanted to be. He gave you all the things he would’ve wanted to have. And that’s what made him so generous.”
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(via The Hollywood Reporter)