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How Robin Williams introduced himself to his young Mrs. Doubtfire co-star.

It’s been 25 years since Mrs Doubtfire first hit the big screen.

The heartwarming comedy taught a whole generation about divorce, and heartbreak, and second chances.

It also made us fall even more in love with the very talented Robin Williams.

Speaking to Page Six, Matthew Lawrence (who played Williams’ son, Chris, in the movie) said he’s never experienced anything quite like working alongside Williams and his co-star Sally Field.

The now 38-year-old said he was just 12 when he was flown up to San Francisco to audition for the movie.

“We get there and there’s this weird feeling in the air… just a little tense in a good way,” he explained.

“There’s this couch in the middle of little stage area and they sit me down on the couch and all of a sudden this elderly British woman sits next to me.”

Lawrence had no idea what was going on, but the elderly lady started wrestling with him and pinching him really hard.

The actor said his reaction got a big laugh from the room and he believes that’s what landed him the role.

Once the laughter died down, Williams removed his costume.

“Even in person it was so believable,” Lawrence explained. “I have yet to see an actor pull off something so extreme, so well in person, not just on film.”

Lawrence said after they finished filming the movie Williams, who died by suicide in 2014, would check in on him occasionally to see that he was doing OK.

In October this year, most of the remaining cast of Mrs Doubtfire got together for a reunion.

 

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Lawrence, now 38, has swapped a cheeky mop of hair for a very adult haircut and a pair of glasses.

Lisa Jakub who played Lydia is now 39 and bears a striking resemblance to Sally Field, who played her mum in the movie.

And Mara Wilson, who is now 31, somehow looks almost exactly the same.

The trio came together with Pierce Brosnan, and Jakub posted some photos of the reunion on Instagram.

Jakub is now a yoga teacher and writer. She has written two books, You Look Like That Girl and Not Just Me.

Matthew Lawrence is now engaged to Cheryl Burke, and is in a band with his brothers Joey and Andy, called Still Three.

Mara Wilson, who also featured in cult-classic Matilda, has retired from acting to focus on writing. She has written a play produced for the New York International Fringe Festival, and a memoir Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. 

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