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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (TV Movie 2005) Poster

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In the scene at the club, where an NBC talent exec is there to see Jay Leno but finds Robin Williams instead, a quick shot is shown of someone 'playing' Jay Leno in his younger days. The actor is actually the winner of a "Jay Leno Look-alike" contest run in 2004 on The Tonight Show.
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In Marley Brant's 2006 book "Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984," Robin Williams revealed that he didn't watch the movie, joking, "If they're going to make a bad movie about your life, you should wait for the Cartoon Network version."
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Resident "Mork & Mindy" director Howard Storm was critical of the production but heavily praised Chris Diamantopoulos for his portrayal of Robin Williams.
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The film was written by David Misch, who was a writer and story editor on "Mork & Mindy."
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In the movie, they sold the show to ABC without a pilot by cobbling together footage of Robin Williams in Happy Days: My Favorite Orkan (1978) with Pam Dawber from a shampoo commercial. This did happen, but in reality they used footage of Dawber from the unsold pilot Sister Terri (1978).
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It's briefly mentioned that they shot a 3-D episode, which was news to most fans. Set in prehistoric times, the last half of Mork & Mindy: Gotta Run: Part 3 (1982), the final episode of the series, was filmed in 3-D, but ABC had already canceled the show, so they only aired it in 2-D.
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Recurring characters such as Exidor (Robert Donner), Mr. Bickley (Tom Poston) Nelson Flavor (Jim Staahl), Glenda Faye Comstock (Crissy Wilzak Comstock), Miles Sternhagen (Foster Brooks) and Cathy McConnell (Shelley Fabares) are completely omitted.
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Since they couldn't precisely replicate scenes from "Mork & Mindy," writer David Misch utilized rejected dialogue and gags that he'd penned for the series decades earlier.
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The character of Harvey Severson is based on series director Howard Storm.
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The character of Lila Milford is based on series writer April Kelly.
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