At the age of 59, Robin Williams is making his Broadway debut in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The play is already receiving rave reviews even though it’s not an “easy play.”
“No. Not meant to be,” Williams confirms to CBS‘ Harry Smith on how the play is not “easy.” “If they’re coming to see Mork… wrong night!”
In the play, Robin plays the tiger who bites off the hand of an American soldier, gets shot and then comes back as a ghost with an existential crisis.
“He starts off and get awareness and a consciousness,” Robins explains. “And then a conscience, and then bitterness, and then nihilism — and then he returns to primal, feral Buddhism, so it’s not a bad journey!”
But it is a play about war.
“Sometimes it touches very deep in people,” he shared. “Sometimes I finish the play, you know, you’re devastated. And yet, you have to go now, take a bow — ‘Thank you all,’ laugh, ‘Thank you, this has been wonderful, you like me, you really like me, you know?’ But it’s that thing of, sometimes it hits you.”
And Robin said he’s been feeling well after his heart surgery.
“Going well,” he said. “I mean, the cow valve is very interesting. It’s crazy, I don’t eat much meat, because all of a sudden, my body’s going: ‘It’s one of us! Don’t do that!’ ”
“Do you look at the world differently at 59?” Smith asked.
“A little,” Robin said. “I just take it a little bit slower. I’m traveling at the speed of life right now. It’s just nicer to say, ‘You got the gig. You know, you got the play, a wonderful, wonderful fiancée, I have a great life.”
“Just enjoy it, you know?” he added. “There’s no rush.”
Watch the interview below!