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Danforth Dirt and Sprague interview with Steven Zeitchik 8.12.14

Aug 12, 2014|

Interview with Steven Zeitchik- Arts and Entertainment writer for the LA Times

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

And to help shed some light on this Stephen -- keys and arts and entertainment writer at the Los Angeles Times joins us now. Stephen thank you for joining us when you heard about this yesterday I think we all had our reactions what was yours. Well I mean for wanting to -- I mean you know -- or whatever just tired and going through in terms of depression substance everything else going to a -- not so. The fact that it suddenly it hit. It's -- acting was pretty when. They'll -- funny or maybe just practicing at all it that we religion belief you know we -- -- -- look at each other that they're not number of -- -- in this -- -- Agree about it and all over the last few weeks and months and we kind of and true. And then it took both the statement in the corner -- the Republican and and because there are. Yet it is totally at you with a reality. Startling all around the need to. It's -- obviously we'd see young and -- said you know we all grew up -- it was -- that was our weaknesses. And he seemed like a really genuine guy every every story that we -- over the last twelve hours nobody's really had anything negative to say about -- BC had to battle his demons and we know you didn't know him personally but. There -- stories you purchasing covering the industry about Robin Williams a kind of stood out and made you say wow what a good guy. Yeah absolutely getting ever ever in a comic guy talk cannot last you know 24 hours but just over the years ago we said he would the most humble and it's in the indictment it. Knew what to -- in -- you know we all know all the mr. Allen that the motor mount an impression at all that you can and it is real persona but everyone -- -- he's ever been hit in didn't friends and work with and at all at all definitely this -- -- -- -- -- that -- -- -- -- anything with a little -- -- the quiet. I think we get down from the eat more of -- into -- -- each edit. Very differently what -- -- so you know obviously had -- stuff but -- -- really nice -- Down to her I'm -- a personality -- a lot of the liberty you don't often hear that you don't often hear from many people at -- But would probably an open question about. You know he touched a lot of people's lives said he Hume a tremendous impact the last three decades and what he did professionally. These kinds of stories and you guys have to deal with this a lot down there in LA but when you get somebody in the magnitude of a Robin Williams is it difficult to write the stories and you you did a story. Today's was it difficult to write those. You know we had unfortunately -- acuity in the last. Year -- so you're happening don't want you to deal with some -- -- obviously lived. Polite but are ripe old age but it's quite another and you've got no problem leaned gains in the any of you op and immediately got. Not really that old thing in our elk pretty much in the prime of their careers Henning and eleven movies. And so we think about may have been from yours -- -- -- but they're still working is still very much vibrant silk. Absolutely it's not heeded it not writing about. Some legendary actor you're -- and upcoming and I think they'll. Democrat and opera -- about -- yet you know a few months ago so it is very different and very difficult to deal with the. Stephens I Jake is our guest is an arts and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times. That I -- we seen at least on our show today a couple of different reactions one is just how an outpouring of sympathy in the other one that we received. And I don't know what how you do what you do with this but is that -- he he committed suicide and that's on him and it's a selfish act. Lied do you think comedy in depression in it. Dole kind of hand in hand with that side of entertainment. Or just with comedy and depression in general what is it about that. That that causes so many comedians to be depressed. Let it relax and try to get -- -- -- to the point is that she was actually on one model impression obviously a lot of people would stay right and we a lot of comedian. It would it an interim legislation and I thought. Perhaps the first week -- Spot on the subject came from my inordinate -- -- ethernet yet. But he looked at the funniest guys all have it. The holes and and that's what are so funny that they got a big -- much harder to get out. You know -- who knows a lot like Billy the only person in each of general Sheehan said the number. -- one are often Democrats want I think that really does and we shed some light on it it didn't -- here if you really a tough week and then you try to much harder to beat. The funny -- IBM better get out of it and -- we saw that rubble. Well when you talk about his comedy IDC the but he knows him and that's how he got his start it was in stand -- comedy we we all have although our home our favorite comedy movies that he's done but he was one of those rare guys -- can really transcended in every different jobs -- whether it was comedy whether it was a horror movie whether it was seven major cry. He really had the ability to take just transcended every different John -- could see the best just most versatile actor in terms of being able to do every -- -- the you've ever seen. -- really struck by that look a lot of actors. Yet now our blog and then and the -- president but. Don't you think of it as you know really it's got and the whole you know chameleon like in India written character into -- -- he displayed at. Demonstrated that -- look at something from it. It will hunting which I know it and that's what what are the quips and and you know weakening and that put -- any good on the line there's a real kind of dramatic melancholy undercurrents a lot of what it in books and people that it was a little piece at a Madeleine critics and and that not only the continent and I get that but. The versatility to use the word that you you just -- -- -- How many people he think that we can beat that on that person on the music side. And then turn right around you and dental society each and dictatorship it here it -- and enacted into that. It's impossible but we kind of in doing it throughout the shown got a ton attacks on this. What was your favorite performance of his in a movie. -- noted that to really single out. I think good morning I'm probably at the outing that saw that though right. Moment in my life and I think it holds up really well that would -- a little monologue. It was both dramatic entity I think -- a lot of the rule it would either one the other. I think that not all the book hilarious I mean you look there's some of -- -- looking -- them a lot it's just -- Ripping into a team that everyone around him but it very poignant as the Vietnam War so you I think several. It and out you know also because he did at the release a career but. And you can get down listening to play without fire we are like our committee don't think it is that -- -- Enduring and we are watching and put this morning at a just and that's not so -- cute but but he intermediate point -- -- up at the start evil really about him. And to get reform opening and Munich also that that would end up. I'm looking in Zion DB page and has three movies right now there imposed production so those are movies I'm assuming are done then he's finished. Is there any other projects he was kind of in the middle that he hasn't finished that. They're gonna have to figure something else out any what's going forward with his career. Well you know yeah did he worked really hard you know even hinted that is workers -- doesn't let -- movie that the most prominent ability that we. On the on the lifting -- done. I've -- -- -- museum. Apparent killer too -- that he wrote about them all at once but that's probably the most notable on. Don't know anything that he's still working on it -- wrapped everything -- -- doing -- a couple of things in development there was and hired people that. Pattern that was ever been to what David Ellison didn't work but there are a number of movies there's an animated movie -- Terry Jones a month high on that YouTube and appear until it's going to be a credit market over the next year they would at a meeting which comes I think rhetoric that has. We are -- that kind of homage to him on the screen. Are you a movie -- ended six months or a year they'll let you know we're still panicking letting people who need it. You know electors and prior to get a chance at an exit. Stevens I -- he's an arts and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times he's on Twitter at site six LE ET we'll tweet out he is a Twitter handle. As well as this interview if you missed any of it shedding some light as a perspective. On Robin Williams and his suicide in his career Stephen thanks so much for the time every year work and now we catch up with you soon Anderson different circumstances.

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