The Birdcage: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Diane Wiest: Movies & TV.
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Director Mike Nichols required that Robin Williams and Nathan Lane film at least one take of each scene sticking to the script before he would allow them to improvise.
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Robin Williams turned down the part of Albert; having recently starred in the film Mrs. Doubtfire, he decided he would rather play the more subdued role.