Van Sant brings cartoonist ‘John Callahan’ biopic to Berlin

Vastavam web: It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve – the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve – the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.

It follows his career as the creator of biting cartoons that often addressed the darker side of human nature, while battling alcoholism.Director Gus Van Sant said Williams had asked him to work on adapting the memoir into a screenplay.“He liked John Callahan’s work – he saw it in his local newspaper in San Francisco – and Christopher Reeve was a friend of his who had had an accident and he very much wanted to play a quadriplegic, partly in honor of his friend, who was a quadriplegic,” Van Sant said.