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'Hook' Actor Dante Basco Writes Robin Williams Tribute

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Dante Basco is best known for playing Rufio, the spiky, red-haired leader of The Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film "Hook." When Basco found out about his co-star Robin Williams' death Monday evening, he took to Twitter to post a farewell video and letter.

Basco first Tweeted a video from his YouTube page, pausing his monthly Vlogathon to remember the late Peter Pan, played by Williams in "Hook."

Early Tuesday morning Dante posted a farewell tribute letter to Williams on his blog. Basco shared that working with the actor on "Hook" changed his life, but Williams really made an impression on him years before they met. "He impacted me several years before when 'Dead Poets Society' became one of my favorite films and really started me being interested in poetry, at which I later became a poet," Basco wrote. "I was fortunate to spend private times, many mornings in the makeup chair, (which with my tri-hawk hair took hours), just talking about poetry … And soft spoken and introspectively we would discuss Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski." The two even got to have a little onscreen poetry competition with the imaginary words battle between Rufio and Peter ("nearsighted gynecologist" being the standout insult, of course).

Many who were touched by Williams' films as children could agree with Basco that Williams' sudden death feels like "the death of my childhood." The actor closed the letter saying, "I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grown up. ... O’ Captain! My Captain! See you in Neverland ..."


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