Josh Charles Reflects on Robin Williams 30 Years After Dead Poets Society


-You know what? I follow you on the Instagrams
and the Twitters and stuff. And you posted this.
And I kind of was blown away. It is been 30 years
since “Dead Poets Society.” -30 years this month.
-Is that right? -Yeah.
-You were a baby. -I was a little baby.
Look at that, it was amazing. -Wow.
Was that your first role? No. -It was my second mo–
“Hairspray” was my first movie, but this was the first time
I got to sort of have a large role in a movie, yeah. -‘Cause this one, you know —
I already fanboyed out on you many times, but — -It’s a little weird,
but it’s all right. -What do you remember
from this? What do you remember about
the great Robin Williams? -Oh, he was so great.
He was so — I mean, obviously, to work with
a star like that when you — we were all young actors
and he was the big star. But he really — he really
treated us like equals and knew that the film was
this ensemble effort. And so he was very quiet
and very respectful. I used to make him laugh
with Richard Pryor bits, and that was
always a highlight for me. -Really?
-But he was — He always liked to laugh,
obviously, but he also has a real — he had
a real serious quality to him. And he was a beautiful man.
Really sorry he’s gone. -I miss that guy.
-Yeah. -I want to talk about it
’cause I know that you — you shot that —
that was close to — -Yeah, we shot that in Delaware near where I grew up
in Baltimore. -Yeah, and Baltimore —
if you mention Baltimore, somewhere, Josh Charles is
going, “That’s right!” You know? Like, “Whoo!” You are the biggest fan
of Baltimore. Anything Baltimore,
you’re like — you are — you bleed Baltimore. -Yeah. Look, it’s my hometown.
I’m proud of it. I — you know, I love my city.
And — -Yeah.
-You know, yeah. -Well, I don’t know if you saw,
there was a list that came out that said, “What are the
country’s most sexiest accents?” -Where did we place? -You placed 18th. [ Laughter ] Not the greatest.
Texas was number one. -Texas was number one.
-Yeah, but Baltimore was 18. And I want to put this to rest,
’cause I think that you can make
a Baltimore accent sexy. -Yeah? All right.
-I think you can. Let’s try it. You wanna try
a couple sentences? -Sure, let’s do it.
Let’s try it. -Here we go.
In a Baltimore accent, can you sexily say, “Could you please put these
flowers in some water, honey?” ♪♪ -[ Baltimore accent ]
Hey,hon,can you please put theseflerrs
in somewooter?[ Laughter and applause ] -Wow. Oh, my God. [ Laughter ] Wow! -Can’t believe we only
placed 18th. -In somewooter.
In somewooter.Oh, my goodness.
-We weren’t even top 10. -“Could you put these flerrs
in some wooter?” [ Laughter ] All right, ready?
Here we go. Let’s try this one. “On Tuesday, I was taking
pictures down by the ocean.” [ Laughter ] -[ Baltimore accent ]
Yeah, on Tuesday, I was taking some pictures
down the ocean. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]
-Yeah, on Tuesday, I was — [ Laughs ]
-Come on. -I can’t do it.
[ Cheers and applause ] Oh, my gosh.
All right, last one. Last one. Can you say,
“The mirror on the bureau fell on me and I had to
call an ambulance”? [ Laughter ] ♪♪ -[ Baltimore accent ] Mirror
on the bureau fell on me. I had to callambalance.
[ Laughter ] -Ambalance.
[ Cheers and applause ] We just got word, it is
the number one sexiest accent in the country.
[ Bell dings ] You did it, Josh Charles!
We just got word! You did it!
[ Cheers and applause ] [ Laughter ] -Yeah, I was talking
to my friend Derek. He said, you know,
“For ‘let’s go,’ it’s ”sko.'” -‘Sko.
-And “let’s go home,” “‘skome.” [ Laughter ] -‘Skome.
-Yeah. -Dudes — hey, man —
-Skome. ‘Sko and ‘skome. -Yeah.
-Let’s ‘sko and ‘skome, man. -Yeah, Jimmy, I am a big fan
ofyers,man. [ Laughter ]
Real big fan. -Real big fan ofyers.
-Yeah, man. -I want to talk about this
“DeLorean” movie. -Yeah.
-You’re great in it. It’s fantastic. I didn’t know
much about John DeLorean. -I didn’t either.
I mean, I knew about, you know, certainly from
“Back to the Future” and — -Yeah, that’s —
-…a little bit about the arrest, but I didn’t know
a ton about him. -That’s the car.
He invented this sports car. The DeLorean.
-Yes. He’s a fascinating character. So, I knew about as much
as most people my age. But —
-How’d you get involved with it? -Well, Alec reached out to me. And Sheena and Don, who made the
film, are terrific filmmakers. And I love documentaries,
so it was fun to be a part of a straight documentary
that had this other narrative element to it
where we film these scenes that are these vignettes — Alec, myself, and Morena. And it was fun to be
a part of that, to help sort of tell this
narrative story in a unique way.
-How does Alec Baldwin just — he just calls you?
Or what do you — is he –? -Yeah, well, he’s my neighbor.
So, you know, we’ve known each other
for a long — -Is that right?
-Yeah, but we’re also neighbors, so he’s just like…
[ As Alec Baldwin ] “Josh.” -This is through the walls?
-No. -He talked through the walls
of your bedroom? -We’re not next —
-“Josh, Josh, it’s me, Alec. [ Laughter ]
Don’t be alarmed. I have a role for you. I think it’s juicy. It’s –”
-It was actually — it was actually just really
on the telephone. He’s like, “You ask me
if I have a God complex? Let me tell you something. I am God.”
[ Laughter ] -Man, did he transform himself. -He looks —
Yeah, yeah, do you have a — Yeah, he looks —
-Creepily like John DeLorean. -Yeah, we all did.
I mean, Jodi and — -Louie.
-…and Lou from “SNL” did all the hair and makeup.
-That’s Alec. -And those guys are the best.
-That’s bizarre. -And so, I got to come here
and the “SNL” — -Holy moly.
-Play with that, and — -Wow.
-Put on my own wig and ball cap. It was fun.
-Yeah, and you’re great. I want to show a clip. Here is a clip from
“Framing John DeLorean.” Take a look at this. -There it is.
What we always talked about. What do you think about
being named the head of the entire product program
for the first mass-produced car
since Chrysler? -John, look, obviously
I’m flattered, but — -No buts, Bill.
And I’m not flattering you. This is what you and I were
built for. This is real innovation. -Does innovation include
a pension? -Louie and Jodi.
[ Cheers and applause ] Louie and Jodi.
-That’s you? -I mean, yeah…
-Jodi, Louie, I love you. -Not my finest look. -No, you look —
-Not my finest look. -You know how to rock it.
Come on. You’re the sexiest man alive.
Josh Charles right there. [ Cheers and applause ] Making Baltimore proud.

46 Replies to “Josh Charles Reflects on Robin Williams 30 Years After Dead Poets Society

  1. Pisses me off when the vids about a persons death and there childish people commenting first first hey like this like that show some respect its disgusting what people in this world are like now

  2. Love the show! I'll be sure to catch it live! But unsubscribed…. I'm kinda tired of YT (whom I pay monthly) censoring what I'm watching.

  3. We all miss Robin if he was alive he'd be a great Professor Oak in Pokemon. Stan Lee if they wanted to do a Bio movie for him

  4. A very good friend of mine is from Baltimore and I love that accent because of him. He's a great guy. I smile every time I hear someone speak it.

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