Two Deleted Scenes From ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Were ‘Too Heartbreaking’ to Be Kept
Robin Williams could sell a scene better than anyone.
Robin Williams had many roles over the course of his storied career. Many of his movies were family-focused or at least were safe to be seen and enjoyed by all members of the family. Mrs. Doubtfire was one of those movies. Since it has been five years since the beloved star’s death, two deleted scenes from the memorable movie have been circulating. They are both real tear-jerkers and display Williams’ depth when it came to dramatic acting.
Robin Williams brought us so much joy and laughter. But, his smile masked a great pain. He was a man who struggled with depression and since his death, his family has been open about the comedian’s personal demons. His son Zak has become a mental health advocate to help honor his dad. (RELATED: Robin Williams’ Son Speaks Out About His Death)
“Being Robin Williams’ son was wonderful in so many ways [but] having to share him with the world was hard at times,” Zak said in a recent interview. “When he was having challenges and going through certain things, it was heartbreaking, because he still went out and wanted to share his feelings of laughter and humor with the world.”
In Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin played a father who disguises himself as an elderly housekeeper so he can spend time with his children who were in his ex-wife’s custody. Since he was portraying a woman, his ex-wife didn’t initially catch on to the scheme.
Robin Williams Pretended to Be Happy
In the first scene, Daniel Hillard, who Williams portrays, is late to his daughter’s spelling bee. It becomes emotional as his daughter asks if he could pretend to be happy with her mom. This was something Robin Williams was very familiar with as he had been doing it his whole life.
The second scene takes place after Sally Field’s character discovers Mrs. Doubtfire is actually her ex-husband who she had been keeping from the kids. They get into a heated argument that their three children heard and reacted to.
Mrs. Doubtfire Deleted Scenes
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Christopher Columbus, who directed Mrs. Doubtfire, said the two scenes were removed because they would be “too heartbreaking” for audiences to watch. The second clip, which you can see below, certainly supports Columbus’ claim as it shows a broken family when two parents can’t seem to work out what is best for the children.
Mrs. Doubtfire is a movie that continues to be a favorite despite being released in 1993. These scenes would have changed the momentum of the movie. It had a point to prove, but the objective was to do it in a lighthearted and fun way. (Related: Robin Williams As The American Flag Is Hilariously Perfect)