New test footage (opens in new tab) from something that could be a Robin Williams biopic showcases actor Jamie Costa doing a stellar job at impersonating the late comedian.
The video shows a moment between Costa’s Williams and his Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, played by Sarah Murphree, as she breaks the news that fellow comedian John Belushi has died. Williams passed away in 2014 and Costa went viral for his impressions of Williams’ characters shortly afterward. At the time of writing, the clip, titled “ROBIN Test Footage Scene”, has over three million views on YouTube.
“I am at a loss of words of how extraordinary this is,” one viewer tweeted (opens in new tab). “Jamie Costa encapsulates the essence of Robin Williams so perfectly that this “fan footage” for a proposed biopic is a clear sign this truly needs to happen.”
“The impression of Robin Williams is amazing, but more than that, the range of emotion here is incredible, from the subtle and dark to warmth to over-the-top exuberance in moments,” added (opens in new tab) another Twitter user. “What rock have I been living under that I hadn’t heard of Jamie Costa?”
“HOW?? I mean, HOW does he do that??” wrote (opens in new tab) another. “It’s so uncanny–his face, his voice–that I almost feel like I’m having my leg pulled. This man cannot be real. This has to be the ghost of Robin pulling one on all of us.”
While we wait to see whether a Williams biopic ever makes it off YouTube and onto the big screen, check out our movie release dates schedule to see what else is on the horizon.