Actor Jamie Costa has gone viral this week for taking his uncanny impression of Robin Williams to new heights. Costa posted a video called "ROBIN Test Footage Scene," highlighting how his impression could be employed in a biopic of Williams. Fans are dying to see the project get made for real.
Costa's video portrays Williams in his Mork & Mindy era with actress Sarah Murphree playing Pam Dawber. It's a depiction of Dawber informing Williams about John Belushi's death, with heavy implications about Williams' own drug use. It shows a wide range of emotional beats, in addition to the vocal inflections and physical mannerisms that Costa has already shown a mastery of. Commenters were in awe, saying that the scene could have come right out of a Hollywood biopic of Williams.
Costa is a 31-year-old writer, producer, voice actor and comedian, best known for his impressions, many of which have gone viral online. Costa has distanced himself from direct interactions on social media in the last year, but he still posts YouTube videos like this one from time to time. However, his "test footage scene" may have made the biggest impression yet, as many fans want to see more.
If there are any plans to extend Costa's clip into a full-blown biopic for Williams, they have not been made public yet. For now, here's a look at the intense fan reaction to the video online.
This was astonishingly good. In a scant few minutes, it expresses Robin Williams, his highs and lows, as well as the times we all lived in back then. I worked at Rolling Stone when the news of Belushi’s death hit. I remember it perfectly, the moment, where I was, the feelings.— Michael Roseman (@mhroseman) October 12, 2021
Costa's video had some fans in fresh mourning not only for Williams, but for Belushi as well. It took them straight back to the times when they found out these two iconic performers had passed away, and they needed some time to process the losses all over again.prevnext
Jamie Costa has been 🔥 for years. He should have been cast as lead in Solo:https://t.co/Os9kqDiYNh— 🎃Josh-o-lantern🎃 (@JoshTweeted) October 13, 2021
Jamie has also produced and starred in some high quality Star Wars fan films. https://t.co/Y3fVSOw95t— Jedi scum (@jediscum83) October 13, 2021
Fans remarked on other roles they thought Costa would be perfect for, or roles they wished he had gotten in recent years. Many thought he would have been the perfect lead in Solo: A Star Wars Story.prevnext
People have absolutely no sense of decorum - I’m so sorry you’re being flooded with the clip. Lots of love. ♥️— Meg Turney (@megturney) October 12, 2021
Robin Williams' daughter Zelda responded to the clip on Tuesday afternoon, asking fans to stop sending it to her. She confirmed that she had seen it and commended Costa's talent, but said that she did not want to be inundated with this depiction of her father on one of the saddest days of his life over and over.prevnext
this is unreal (and still incredible to see how far #JamieCosta has come since Vine)… grateful to know you, man!! (even though you’re social-media-less and won’t see this lol) pic.twitter.com/2mR3RcjGAY— Jake Holland (@jakeholla) October 13, 2021
Many fans wondered if Costa would see all the praise he was getting one way or another, since he no longer uses most social media platforms. They hoped someone close to him would let him know the impact his new video had.prevnext
Caught of Guard
@ThomasSanders I feel like you would appreciate this… made me cry way too early this morning!!!— Madi (@madiblake94) October 13, 2021
Many commenters said that Costa's video caught them off guard when it appeared on their timeline, with an emotional impact they hadn't braced themselves for.prevnext
The real good thing about this test footage is it shows that Jamie Costa is a very good actor, not just a good impressionist. I say give him the $$ to make it. https://t.co/qobzRCr08R— ᴇʟɪᴀꜱ ᴛᴏᴜꜰᴇxɪꜱ (@EliasToufexis) October 13, 2021
It's one thing to have the voice down. It's another to have the voice, the mannerisms and even the face. Miss Robin.— AJ (@AJinPismoBeach) October 12, 2021
Many people who had seen Costa's impressions before remarked that this was the best video yet for showcasing his range as an actor. They hoped he would be given mroe chances to shine.prevnext
It does. I would petition to have this done. Jamie is absolutely brilliant and I forget I am watching someone other than Robin.— ˜”*°•.˜”*°• Stardust •°*”˜.•°*”˜ (@stardust32214) October 12, 2021
Someone hire Jamie Costa right now to play Robin Williams. Make this bio pic. This is just amazing. pic.twitter.com/DSCcEargLC— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) October 13, 2021
Many tweets about Costa's video were urgent calls to action, with fans asking anyone with some leverage in Hollywood to help get this movie made. Many even proposed organizing an online petition of some kind.prev