Robin Williams dreaded getting back into his Mrs. Doubtfire costume, but not for the obvious comfort reasons.
The actor, who took his life Monday at the age of 63, had signed on for a belated sequel to his 1993 smash. He hoped the project would alleviate his financial woes even though he feared it could impact his mental health, according to a report in The Telegraph citing an interview with a long-time Williams pal.
Robin had promised himself he would not do any more [movies] as he invested so much in his roles that it left him drained and particularly vulnerable to depressive episodes,” the friend told the paper.
“He signed up to do them purely out of necessity. He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in any more and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support.
Williams thought returning to television, where he first tasted fame as part of the Mork & Mindy sitcom, would help his cash flow woes. His work on The Crazy Ones, the CBS comedy which wasn’t renewed for a second season earlier this year, netted him $165,000 per episode, the Telegraph reports.