Fans of Robin Williams are blown away by actor Jamie Costa’s impersonation of the beloved star.
Costa shared a five-minute clip on his YouTube channel on Tuesday titled “ROBIN Test Footage Scene,” and viewers were quick to applaud the actor’s spot-on look at Williams.
The clip, directed and edited by Jake Lewis, shows Costa as Williams on the set of Mork and Mindy in 1982 when his co-star Pam Dawber, played in the clip by Sarah Murphree, relays the news of John Belushi’s death to Williams.
Belushi died of a drug overdose in Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in March 1982 at the age of 33. Williams had hours before his death with the comedian.
Costa delivers a heartbreaking performance of Williams’ reaction to his friend’s death.
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“No, I told you, I was with him. John is not dead, I was with him last night,” Costa says emotionally in the video after Murphree told him Belushi had been found dead that morning.
Their conversation ends with a knock on the door, signaling that it’s time to return to the set. Costa as Williams takes a moment to recover and sits in front of his trailer mirror to recite lines he’d been practicing at the top of the clip – but this time with a pause in his voice. He then stands up, shakes himself off and jumps back into his usual energetic pose.
The scene struck a chord with fans, who said on Twitter that they would like to see Costa more like Williams.
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“Damn, now I want a Robin Williams biopic!” another fan Agree.
One fan wrote: “Completely blown away by this! To capture the true essence of a person so beautifully in 5 minutes. ASTONISHING.”
Yet another called the scene “unbelievable.”
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Another Twitter user praised Costa’s imitation skills, writing: “Wow. Just. Wow. I’ve seen his work for years, way back in those primal Vintage days. Jamie Costa is one of the best impressionists EVER. We need a biopic and Jamie Costa must be Robin. “
Williams died by suicide in 2014. In August of this year, his son Zak celebrated the seventh anniversary of his father’s death with a tribute on social media.
“Dad, today you passed away seven years ago,” Zak wrote with a photo of Williams. “The joy and inspiration you have brought to the world will continue in your legacy and in the family, friends and fans you loved so much. You lived to laugh and to help others. I will celebrate your memory today. Love you forever.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicide preventionlifeline.org.