When tragedy strikes, people often tell you to just try and find a silver lining. But what do you do when, one by one, each disaster feels like it’s eclipsed every last bit of light? John Callahan was a celebrated cartoonist for over twenty years. He was also abandoned by his mother as a small child, he battled alcoholism for years, and became a quadriplegic when he was twenty-one.
In Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of Callahan, from the days leading up to his accident to much later in life on his journey to emotional recovery. When director Gus Van Sant was initially approached to adapt Callahan’s story, as written in his autobiography that gave the film its title, it was the late Robin Williams urging him to take on the project. You can’t help but imagine what magic the beloved actor would have brought to the role himself.
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