Courageous Robin Williams on Entering Rehab
October 2, 2006

It's a candid Robin Williams on his brave step to stay sober. How is he doing post his rehab stint?

"I'm doing well… I don't drink," the courageous comedian joked.

The Oscar winner opened up for the first time about seeking help for alcoholism to "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli, citing Mel Gibson's DUI arrest as a wake up call.

So what prompted the icon to make the brave step toward recovery?

"It was that idea of lowering my standards or violating them faster than I could lower them," Robin confessed. "I just wanted to stop before I ended up in a field with a road flare in my a**."

Robin revealed he was sober for 20 years before starting to drink again. The 55-year-old star credits his fans for helping him through the rough times now.

"Thank you for all the letters, cards, e-mails, kind things from people all over the world," he said.

And there are more blessings for Robin and his fans, as the funnyman returns to theaters in "Man of the Year."

In the comedy, Robin plays a political talk show host who becomes America's next president.

But the comedian pointed out, this movie is not just for laughs!

"It's almost a documentary in terms of the issues that are constantly talked about in American politics," Robin said.

So, could it actually happen? Robin feels the one woman who may be able to pull it off is talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, who may already be serving the country the best way she can.

"She is an intelligent woman, a brilliant woman," Robin noted. "I think in a weird way, the moment she runs for office she loses the power that she already has."

Look for Robin to test the limits of his power when "Man of the Year" hits theaters Oct. 13.


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