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Robin Williams: 'Boulevard,' His Last Film, Can Get Complicated

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:17 AM

"Boulevard," Robin Williams' last movie, will hit theaters in July, starring the late Oscar-winning actor in the complicated role as a married man struggling to define his sexuality when he meets a young gay street hustler.

"Boulevard," which was first shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014, stars Williams, "Better Call Saul's" Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire opposite Williams as the young hustler Leo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams died at 63 after committing suicide at his home in California. "Boulevard" director Dito Montiel told NewNowNext.com earlier this month how Williams' character, much like his real life, seemed to have it all outwardly and lived a secret life privately.

"For me it was about letting go and holding on, the weird push and pulls of life, when it comes to anything from a job to a relationship – the thin line," said Montiel. "It didn't matter all that much that he was gay."

The film will open in New York City on July 1 and nationwide later in the month. Producer Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso said she believes fans will see Williams at the top of his acting game.

"We are very excited… to get this beautiful movie out there," said Diez Barroso. "Through 'Boulevard,' Dito was able to capture Robin Williams at his best."

Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote last year that film should draw a wide audience for the subject matter.

"In 'Boulevard,' a middle-aged married man picks up a gay hustler on the Nashville street where hookers hang out, pays the kid for company instead of sex, and ever-so-gradually begins to confront the secret identity he's suppressed for so long," wrote Debruge.

"Knowing that man is played by Robin Williams (in morose rather than manic mode) tells you everything you need to know about the film, which is well written, acted and directed, and yet somehow never manages to surprise. That approach has its advantages, however, making the unfulfilled character's sexuality almost secondary to the ways in which straight audiences can relate."

Joe DeFore, of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Williams' character was "one of the least showy performances of his career" yet was able to create a character in a film audiences will "find a less gritty but still authentic-feeling film."

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