In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams reprised his role as America's 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, once again providing friendship and some fatherly advice to museum guard, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller).
When Robin first appeared onscreen as Teddy in Secret of the Tomb, our hearts lifted, only to be struck down by the memory that Robin Williams had passed before his time. Way before his time. Seeing him play this role with exuberance and wit was bittersweet. He seemed so in his element, so happy, so primed to keep going.
The tears came but soon left because that little capuchin monkey, Dexter, is so darn cute and hilarious, there's no way to cry when he's on the screen. But it was towards the end of the film that Williams' haunting lines of dialogue sent us into full sobs.
We don't want to give too much away, but there is a point in the film where the magical Egyptian tablet that allows for the statues to come to life may need to stay at the London Natural History Museum — for good.
So, the statues of Teddy, Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Atilla (Patrick Gallagher), Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) have to choose to stay in London or return to New York without the tablet. Much to Larry's surprise, they want to return to New York. Here's the haunting dialogue:
Larry: "If you guys go back [to New York], you won't be alive after tonight."
Jebediah: "We're museum exhibits. It's what we are. Folks come to look at us, maybe learn a little something."
Larry: "But I'm supposed to take care of you guys."
Teddy: "You have. It's OK, Lawrence. We're ready."
We can only imagine how these lines must haunt the filmmakers. One thing we know for sure is that Robin Williams will be missed.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is dedicated not only to Williams, but also to Mickey Rooney, who played Gus and also passed away earlier this year. The movie opens Dec. 19.
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