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Lightning in a Bottle

HBO’s Robin Williams documentary attempts to capture his explosive talent. There’s probably no bottle big enough, but this comes pretty close

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ON JUNE 11, 2004, BILLY CRYSTAL was watching Ronald Reagan’s funeral on TV. His phone rang.

“Bill,” the voice on the other end said. “Hi. It’s Ron Reagan.” It sounded just like the 40th president—the friendly voice, the folksy affect. “I wanted to tell you that I’m in heaven now. I’m having a wonderful time.” Crystal played along: “Oh, really? What’s heaven like?” “Well,” the voice replied, “it’s a lot hotter than I thought it would be.”

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