Robin Williams' Movies, From 'Popeye' to 'The Butler,' Were Never Just One Thing

August 12, 2014 1:16 AM

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Despite all those plaudits, Williams' career on the big screen had an inauspicious start: He played the title character in 1980's "Popeye," a notorious critical failure for director Robert Altman.

"He's such a great, crusty character and an orphan, and sort of the whole idea of finding his Pappy -- and all that stuff he mumbles is pretty nasty," Williams said in a 2013 interview. "Going back they wanted me to re-loop it, but it wasn’t meant to be understood, it was meant to be, like, 'Oh, I s...

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