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[WATCH] Robin Williams in upcoming movie A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

The late actor starred as a father and grandfather in a family of misfits in the upcoming movie A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

18 August 2014, 4:38pm
Robin Williams plays the estranged father to Joel McHale’s family man in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
Robin Williams plays the estranged father to Joel McHale’s family man in the holiday comedy A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
New footage depicting Robin Williams in one of the last films he worked on before his tragic death was released.

In A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, the late actor played a father and grandfather in a family of misfits.

The clip features him offering his grandson (played by Pierce Gagnon) advice on what to leave Santa Claus on Christmas Eve in the absence of a supply of milk and cookies.

The Oscar-winning performer, 63, was found dead on 11 August after committing suicide at his home in Tiburon, California.

“I know something that Santa loves a lot more than milk and cookies,” Mitch, played by Williams, says before revealing a bottle of bourbon and a plate of asparagus.

In the film, Williams plays Joel McHale’s estranged father who’s trying to make up for lost time during a blizzard road trip.

In addition to this comedy, Williams completed three other yet unreleased films: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Boulevard” and “Absolutely Anything.”

“A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” which also stars Lauren Graham and Candice Bergen, opens in theaters in the US and video on demand on November 7.

The comedy is produced by Sycamore Pictures and distributor Entertainment One. But as Mashable.com pointed out, the marketing team made an odd choice by releasing a clip that shows the actor, who struggled with addiction and relapsed into alcoholism in 2006, putting a bottle of bourbon in the hands of a kid.

“It was appropriate to begin the film's campaign by releasing a clip at this time. Williams' final on-screen performance is in itself news. It's something people want to see, and with a theatrical release coming less than three months from now, the time to begin promoting a film has naturally arrived,” Mashable writer Josh Dickey writes.

“But surely A Merry Friggin Christmas, which also stars Joel McHale, had dozens of scenes that did not involve a reference to booze — especially one in which Williams imparts to what appears to his grandson, through words and body language, what a wonderful thing it is.”

Dickey adds that Hollywood walks a fine line between tribute and opportunism whenever one of its brightest stars dies.

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