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Robin Williams remembered: What he thought of Harper, third marriages and the Spice Girls

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Over the years, Sun writers interviewed Robin Williams for a variety of projects. Here are highlights from some of those conversations:

“The reason I'm going back to do standup again is I've run out of the merchandising money from Bicentennial Man.” - Robin Williams on his return to the stage in 2009.

"What's the difference between the Maple Leafs and the Titanic? S--- goes down when they hit the ice. If they ever win, THEN the tickets will be expensive." - Robin Williams during a performance at Casino Rama in 2009.

“Not for me! I believe that I serve a better purpose being able to make fun of everything.” - Robin Williams revealing he had no interest in a life of politics while promoting Man of the Year in 2006.

“People just want to be entertained. They see you do something wonderful and they want you to do it again ... and again ... and again ... until they get tired of it and want somebody else. That's the danger. If you do it again and again and again, they'll finally go, 'Harrumph! Seen that!' But that's what you wanted! 'Used to ...' And you're dead." - Robin Williams on the pitfalls of fame in a 1999 interview with Bruce Kirkland.

“To me, the true celebrities are scientists and people doing extraordinary work. To me, Mother Teresa was one of the most amazing woman of all time. She just didn't have the merchandizing down. But she was the absolute celebrity.” - Robin Williams on being a celebrity in a 1999 interview with Bruce Kirkland.

“Now it's Me 2.0. You go, 'You got your second shot -- what are you going to do with it?' Those kind of things come along and humble you, but in a good way. I want to pursue work as this idea of interesting things with interesting people." - Robin Williams shared his new perspective on life with Kevin Williamson in 2011 following his heart surgery from several years before.

“Bobcat Goldthwait had the best line about that. He said getting married for the third time is like bringing a burn victim to a fireworks show. It's like, 'What are you doing?' But you go, 'Hey, it's worth it; I'm willing to try because she's an amazing woman.' I'm at a different phase of my life just in terms of being present. Am I Larry King? No. I want this to be it. There should be a three strikes law. If you want to do it again, you should give up a body part.” - Robin Williams to Kevin Williamson on his third marriage in 2011.

“I feel great! I feel wonderful. I feel great to be here. And I want to tell the fans, 'Thanks!' The support from people was extraordinary. The letters from everybody were amazing. It's the best thing in the world.” - Robin Williams on his physical and mental state in 2006.

“She offered s---loads of cash but I went: 'I'm fine, no thank you!' I don't need the cash but I also don't need to be anywhere on New Year's Eve with people, especially people who have paid a lot of money to see Barbra and I'm the foreplay.” - Robin Williams on turning down Barbara Streisand’s offer to let him open for her on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.

“They're all pretty neat. I have to pick one? Can't you have them all? Why do you have to pick one? That relates back to dreams: Wet Dream May Come. I haven't picked a Spice Girl yet -- but thank you for offering.” - Robin Williams responding to a reporter’s inquiry about who his favourite Spice Girl was at the 1997 Cannes film festival.

"(Mork & Mindy, which aired from 1978 to 1982) was a great ride, but I wasn't that present, literally. I've joked about it, but I was on everything but skates. Now to be present and part of the process (on The Crazy Ones), it's exciting when we start talking about the stories every week." - Robin Williams to Bill Harris on returning to TV in last year’s The Crazy Ones.

"It's a weird thing, because your sphincter just goes 'squeak!' And then when you lose, it goes, 'I'm relaxing now. I'm going to send some things down your way you may not be ready for.'" - Robin Williams tells Steve Tilley about his awards-show nerves in 1998. He won an Oscar that year for Good Will Hunting.

“You are like in a parallel universe. It’s almost like an alternate universe. It’s America but not. It’s a weird thing to be in Canada. It’s like we’re two children separated at birth. We left home early. You stayed with Mom.” - Robin Williams distinguishing Canada from the U.S. in a 2006 interview with Bruce Kirkland.

“You basically elected a Bush Baby — and you did it openly!” - Robin Williams on Prime Minster Stephen Harper in an interview with Bruce Kirkland.

“So, what does your shirt say, ‘Crazy white devil?’” - Robin Williams to Jim Slotek who was wearing a sweatshirt with Japanese characters on it when they met for an interview in 1984. Don’t ask, it was the ‘80s.

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