Jamie Costa shared a heartbreaking clip of himself as Robin Williams, with Sarah Murphree as Williams’ Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber. In it, Williams learns of the death of his friend John Belushi.
Savvy social media folks have figured out that these viral clips shot on spec can generate real studio interest in a project. Don’t hold your breath on this one, though. Via SFist:
People, this was no screen test. This is a plucky attempt to generate interest in the possibility of a Robin Williams biopic. Jamie Costa posted the clip to his Youtube channel, probably in hopes of whipping up investors, and perhaps support from the Williams family for this completely aspirational project. Costa is not auditioning for the role, he’s auditioning the idea of a Robin Williams biopic with definitely Jamie Costa in the starring role.
We have seen Jamie Costa before, doing his Vine impersonations of Robin Williams. He’s a minor Youtube star (125,000 subscribers) and he’s done a little work in TV and video game voicing, but most of his videos are unauthorized “fan films” that reference Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and comic book franchises. If Hollywood were making a Robin Williams biopic, it seems unlikely Costa would be called in to audition. But heck, this attempt at reverse-engineering his own starring role in a Robin Williams biopic could attract interest from some streaming service or indie studio in the age of internet celebrities.
Sometimes these things do work, like the spec clip of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reimagined as a drama:
That got the attention of Will Smith, who quickly announced he was looking into next steps.
Image: YouTube / Jamie Costa