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This Absolutely Anything Clip Is Your First Look At Robin Williams’ Final Performance

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Throw around names like Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, and Monty Python, and you are going to capture the attention of a significant number of us out here in the land of movie fandom. Williams tragically took his own life earlier this year. One of his final performances is in the sci-fi-themed comedy Absolutely Anything, and it seems somehow appropriate that he voices Dennis the Dog, which you get to experience for the first time in this new clip.

The film follows Neil (Pegg), a teacher in a dead end secondary school who is given great powers by aliens. Basically, he can wave his hand and make anything happen. As director Terry Jones, who also voices one of the visitors from space, explains it, Neil apparently doesn’t realize the extent of what he can do “until his colleague says, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ and Neil responds with, ‘I’d make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise them.’ Then there’s an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there’s a vast hole in the ground.”

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Simon Pegg Gets Filthy For These Absolutely Anything Images

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absolutely anythingHands and paws down, one of our most anticipated films of the coming year is Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything, which will mesh Simon Pegg with the Monty Python guys, as well as aliens and a talking dog. Too high concept? Never! We now have our first decent look at the film via stills, and I have to say a filthy Simon Pegg bemusedly holding a sausage is about as solid an image as we could hope for.

From a zany-sounding script that Jones wrote himself, Absolutely Anything centers on Pegg’s schoolteacher Neil Clarke, who is granted otherworldly powers by a group of aliens voiced by Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam. Neil now has the power to make (absolutely) anything happen solely by wishing it to be so; given the brains behind this venture, Neil’s wishes could be childishly silly or sexually deranged and quite possibly everything in between.

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Robin Williams’ Voicework On Absolutely Anything May Be Absolutely Incomplete

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robin williamsIt seems the world has slowly come to grips with Robin Williams‘ suicide, though the Mrs. Doubtfire-shaped hole in our hearts will forever live on. The actor had several upcoming films already finished when he died last week, but it’s possible his wackiest role may not have been completed in time. At least, according to Simon Pegg, star of Terry Jones’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything, who isn’t sure that Williams’ voice work was finished.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Pegg says, “I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in that movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it.” British distributors Lionsgate UK declined to comment on the story, which seems vaguely suspicious, but is not at all indicative of any one specific outcome. After all, this is just Pegg’s opinion, which doesn’t seem to be based on much beyond the fact that we definitely know he didn’t have a conversation that involved Robin Williams saying, “Yes, I surely finished everything.”

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R.I.P. Robin Williams: A Look Back At The Actor’s Sci-Fi Contributions

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robin williamsThe world is a sadder and less energetic place today, as actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Northern California home on Monday afternoon. He was 63 years old. Details surrounding Williams’ death right now are scarce, but the Marin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that said they suspect he died from suicide by asphyxiation. It’s been noted that he’d been recently suffering from gripping bouts with depression.

The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting star made a career out of playing manic characters on both the big and small screens, not to mention comedy stages all over the world. From the hilarity of The Birdcage to the depth of Dead Poets Society to the discomfort of One Hour Photo, Williams was a performer like no other, and had one of the cleverest minds in the business.

And though Williams wasn’t necessarily known for his science fiction roles, there’s no more appropriate time than now to celebrate the actor’s most notable genre efforts. But first, we at GFR would like to send our thoughts and condolences to Williams’ family and friends in their time of grief. From the bottom of our hearts, farewell and nanu nanu, Mr. Williams.

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Simon Pegg And (Most of) Monty Python’s Absolutely Anything Gets Poster

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absolutely anythingHere are two facts. One, British sci-fi films are too few and far between. Two, the surviving members of Monty Python don’t get together as much as I want them to. Luckily, both of those grievances will be rectified with the upcoming comedy Absolutely Anything, from longtime Python director, and historical-minded grunt, Terry Jones. If you’re looking at the film’s first promo poster seen above, you might call Jones “the director who likes to wear women’s clothing now and again,” but we never like to assume things here at GFR. At least about women’s clothing.

This poster is one sliver of the mass of promotional material that piled up at this year’s European Film Festival, which ended this past weekend in Berlin. So far, the Phoenix Pictures and Bill and Ben Productions project has only been picked up by Telepool for German distribution. I think it’s safe to say Absolutely Anything will play absolutely everywhere by the time it’s ready for release, as this is one of the most internationally recognizable casts imaginable. (Even though some of them won’t actually be seen/recognized in their roles.)