Christopher Reeve’s Superman Performance Motivated Robin Williams to Play Popeye

In the book, Itzkoff – who approached Williams and his family for an interview – explains that Williams was worried “that his unique features would get lost in the trap of a familiar cartoon character.” He was so nervous that he gave the script to longtime friend and writer Bennett Tramer, who said, “Unless you talk like Popeye enough to sell a movie, there’s no story here.”

It’s hard to think of Robin Williams’ distribution of lines as anything but a selling point, but this to be early in his career, and Williams didn’t want to turn down a director like Altman for his first big movie. He was also encouraged by his friend Christopher Reeve to take on the role, who had just recently succeeded in starring in the movie adaptation of Superman. That one is a significant risk. It was a very expensive product at the time, with a budget of $55 millionbut it ended up receiving three Academy Award nominations and rave reviews from the audience.

Williams ended up taking on “Popeye,” hoping that he would have the same success.

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