Robin Williams speaks for himself in new HBO documentary

FILE - In this May 15, 2013 file photo, Robin Williams attends the CBS Upfront in New York. A new documentary on Williams tells the late comedian's story mostly using his voice. The documentary, which includes interviews with David Letterman and Billy Crystal, premiered Monday, July 16, 2018, on HBO and is available on its streaming service, HBO Now. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found that she could do it largely in the late comedian’s own voice.

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” uses a wealth of archival footage to put viewers inside his thought process — mirroring a routine Williams used as an up-and-coming comic in the 1970s.

The film, which includes interviews with David Letterman and Billy Crystal, premiered Monday on HBO and is available on its streaming service, HBO Now. Friends and relatives, including Williams’ son Zak, also share memories.

The documentary is intended to celebrate the artist, Zenovich said, and her team “handcrafted” the project with love. It was often difficult to choose among the hundreds of clips and routines.

“What’s so great is hearing people say the film is so inspiring. It’s so joyful. And I don’t know, it touches on something deep. I mean, it’s about so many things. It’s about fame, the effects of fame. It’s about talent and kind of someone with an amazing talent, watching his trajectory.”

Williams suffered from dementia caused by Lewy body disease and killed himself in August 2014 at age 63.

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