Robin Williams, the late actor, might have played Harry Potter, but he missed out on the role of a lifetime due to a slight mistake! Robin was in discussions to play Professor Lupin in the franchise but was passed over because he wasn't British! Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter films, recently talked to Total Film and said that Williams had expressed interest in playing Lupin.
"I had a discussion with Robin Williams, who expressed interest in playing Lupin. 'It's all British' was a difficult statement for me to make. "I don't know what I can do," Columbus said. If you didn't know, David Thewlis was cast in the role.
"There were a handful of parts I would have liked to play, but there was a restriction on [using] American performers," Williams previously told The New York Post of his wish to feature in the Harry Potter films. Perhaps one day. He quipped, "What if [Harry] goes to Yale and becomes president?"
Columbus also mentioned late HP alum Alan Rickman and how he came to play Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. "After portraying such a famous villain in Die Hard, I didn't believe Alan would do it." I can't picture anyone else in the role of Snape. And Alan was nothing short of a professional," Columbus said.
Robin Williams died in 2014, in case you didn't know. After a long battle with Lewy body dementia, the Hollywood star killed suicide at his home in California. The actor was most recognized for his roles in films such as Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, and The Fisher King, among others. The actor is also well-known for his contributions to children's films. He appeared in a number of children's films during his career, including Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Good Will Hunting, and the Night at the Museum trilogy.