LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY14: Actor Robin Williams poses at a photocall for his new film "Jumanji" at The Dorchester Hotel on February 14, 1996 in London, England.
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Robin Williams Went the Extra Mile to Protect His Jumanji
The 1995 family fantasy-action movie “Jumanji” saw a supernatural board game wreak havoc by unleashing dangers into the real world. Robin Williams starred in the film alongside several young actors, including Kirsten Dunst, which meant labor laws restricted the number of hours they could work.
Actor Bradley Pierce, who was 13 at the time, told CBC Listen how Williams defied the director and producers by refusing to let the young actors work overtime to finish the monsoon scene. "For all the dollars that would have cost, nobody would have stood up the way he did," said Pierce about Williams.
At this point in the film, Pierce’s character was turned into a monkey, requiring him to arrive hours before the others for make-up. He recounts how Williams sometimes came early to keep him company and share his makeup experiences from “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Pierce explained, “That's just the kind of guy he was. He wanted all the people around him to be happy, and comfortable.”