Williams was known for several blockbuster movies during his career, but for many, the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire remains a family classic.
Now, on the anniversary of Williams' death, two deleted scenes have resurfaced that would have given the comedy a decidedly more serious tone. Had they been kept in the final film, it may have been too heartbreaking for audiences, especially children who may have identified too personally with the familial drama central to the film's plot.
The first scene deals with Lydia (Lisa Jakub), the oldest daughter, participating in a spelling bee. Daniel (Williams), is seen entering late, and ends up bickering with Miranda (Sally Field), his ex-wife, ultimately distracting Lydia enough that she misspells a word and is eliminated from the bee.
As the family is getting ready to leave, Lydia (who knows Mrs. Doubtfire's true identity) confronts her father, wondering why he can't just pretend to be Mrs. Doubtfire. "Why can't you and mom just pretend to be happy?" she asks.
In the second scene, the fallout from Miranda finding out that Mrs. Doubtfire all along is intense. In the final film, Miranda is visibly upset by the revelation, but the deleted scene shows the devastated children hearing the argument unfold, and their heartbreaking reactions to the two adults not realizing the emotional turmoil they've subjected their three children to.
While the scenes could've added some extra emotional depth to the film, perhaps the decision to leave them out of the final version was a smart move. Most people prefer to remember the laughs that the film elicited, rather than the tears.
Can't watch...still broken-hearted over losing Robin...loved him! A kind hearted, sad man!— Kiki Falalala (@ChristieLafran1) August 11, 2017
The wonderful Robin Williams in 3 hard-hitting scenes. But what a movie they would have made!— Ann Christie (@AnnChristie8) August 11, 2017