"I hate that he isn't here," said Sally Field, who was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award.
Robin Williams touched the hearts of many and Sally Field is one of them. She reminisced about her time on set with the late Robin Williams while on the red carpet at the 2023 SAG Awards. Field, 76, recalled making the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire with the comedian, who died in 2014 at 63, reported PEOPLE.
"What you think about immediately is Robin. There isn't a moment of it that's not filled with my love and joy at being in his presence," she said. "I mean, Robin was Robin. He was everything he seemed to be: a generous, loving, sweet, geniously talented man. We all miss him," added Field. She continued, "He should be growing old like me, for God's sake. I hate that he isn't here."
Field was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at this year's ceremony, and admitted she doesn't watch any of her past projects but holds onto fond memories from them. "I have memories, I think, of almost everything I've done," she said.
"Except sometimes something will pop up before I turn it off, and in the really young days of television, where I actually do not remember — I don't remember being there, I don't remember saying that. So it's like literally an out-of-body experience." Field added, "But, you know, it's almost 60 years ago. I'm allowed to forget some of those days!"
Field and Williams played an estranged husband and wife duo in the film. Mrs. Doubtfire centered on Williams' voice actor as he made an elaborate plan to pose as an older British woman so that his ex-wife (Field) would hire him as the nanny for their children. The film also starred Mara Wilson, Matthew Lawrence, Lisa Jakub, and Pierce Brosnan, per Entertainment Weekly.
Director Chris Columbus told SF Gate in 2021 it would be unimaginable to ever do a sequel without Williams. "It's impossible. It's just impossible," Columbus said at the time of anyone else playing the role. "... Robin was one-of-a-kind," he admitted.
As for Field, SAG-AFTRA named Field the 58th recipient of the award in January. The organization describes the award as "given annually to an actor who fosters the 'finest ideals of the acting profession.'"
"[Field] has an enduring career because she is authentic in her performance and always projects likability and humanity — she just connects," Fran Drescher, SAG-AFTRA president, previously said in a statement. "That's part of why she has sustained her massive fandom and incredibly rich and layered career."
The actress has won two Academy Awards and three Emmys. Her recent credits include 80 for Brady, Spoiler Alert, and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
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