Sometimes during long night shoots on the indie drama “Boulevard,” Robin Williams would want to go on walks with the film’s director, Dito Montiel. The role, which turned out to be the actor’s final starring part, clearly meant a lot to him.
“We would walk around the streets of Nashville just to talk about the next scene,” Montiel said. “It is one of those special things, when somebody who has that much acclaim and doesn’t need to be there wants to spend an hour just talking.”
In “Boulevard,” Williams’ Nolan is a closeted 60-year-old married bank employee whose life changes dramatically when he picks up a young, handsome hustler named Leo (Roberto Aguire).
The film opened in Los Angeles this month, almost a year after Williams died by suicide on Aug. 11.
“It sounds corny to say, but he was really a nice person to me,” said Montiel, who filmed “Boulevard” in 2013. “He cared. … When a guy like him says he wants to do it, it’s because he wants to be there.”
President joins Stewart one last time
President Obama used some sporting language to analogize the limitations of meeting his goals as president during an appearance on “The Daily Show” Tuesday. “You’re always going to fall short, because if you’re hitting your marks, that means you didn’t set them high enough,” Obama said. Jon Stewart’s final episode airs Aug. 6. Obama offered a brief observation about Donald Trump. “I’m sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s current dominance as the front-runner,” Obama said wryly.
Abandoning Cosby: The publisher of a disparaged Bill Cosby biography has pulled blurbs from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and other celebrities from dedicated Web pages on Amazon.com and other retailers. Simon & Schuster’s Cary Goldstein said that because of “recent events” it was removing the endorsements for Mark Whitaker’s “Cosby,” which came out last September to positive reviews but was soon heavily criticized for overlooking the many allegations against Cosby, 78, of sexual assault. Others praising “Cosby” included Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman and Wynton Marsalis. Goldstein said that representatives of some celebrities had contacted Simon & Schuster about removing their blurbs. Whitaker’s biography was No. 361,786 on Amazon this week.
Farewell: Tom Moore, the “Archie” cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckle-faced, red-haired character, died in El Paso, Texas. He was 86. Moore drew Archie Andrews and his friends on and off from 1953 until he retired in the late 1980s.