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LGBT film: Robin Williams plays a conflicted gay man in ‘Boulevard’

 Presenter Robin Williams speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Presenter Robin Williams speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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The late Robin Williams has left many memorable roles for fans to remember him by, but perhaps one of his more important roles is yet to come. The multi-talented actor was never shy about taking on challenging characters. From “Mrs. Doubtfire” to “The Birdcage,” Williams also didn’t shy away from roles that explored gender identity and sexuality. In one of his last roles, the Oscar winner plays a conflicted gay man in the upcoming film “Boulevard.” It is probably one of his more complicated roles.

According to Out Magazine on Tuesday, the film is expected to be released this year and is described as one of Williams’ more disturbing roles. It is a film that reveals a deep issue for many men as it deals with a married man who confronts his sexuality late in life. In confronting his sexuality and coming to terms with who he really is, Williams’ character becomes deeply conflicted because he doesn’t want to hurt those close to him, mainly his wife.

Us Weekly spoke to Williams about the role back in July 2013 before it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. The “Good Will Hunting” actor talked about the film and the reason he decided to tackle such a role. He explained that he gravitated towards the independent film because it is a great story. He said, “[Boulevard]’s a very beautiful and sad movie about this guy who falls in love with a gay prostitute, basically comes out. He’s married, and he has to come out to his wife and he’s not fulfilled on that level. It was powerful to do.”

The film has received positive reviews and is a film that is highly anticipated, even before Williams’ death. It represents a story of connection and one that touches on a subject that many gay men have either struggled with or are currently going through. It will also represent one of his last acting performances. After his death, the films producers, Monica Aquirre Diez Barroso and Mia Change, remembered the film’s star in a statement.

They said, “Like so many around the world who have been saddened by the news of Robin Williams’ passing—we are devastated to have lost such a brilliant entertainer and an even kinder human being. We are honored to be among those privileged to have worked with him. We’re so very proud of his performance in ‘Boulevard,’ and will remember him for his amazing talent and beautiful heart.”