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07/29/2015 05:46 pm ET Updated Jan 06, 2017

The Lesson Robin Williams Taught Marlon Brando About Acting

"Listen To Me Marlon" tells the icon's story in his own words.

Marlon Brando is a bonafide Hollywood legend, but for years his legacy has been shaped by others who revel in the mystique of Brando as a larger-than-life icon. The late actor gets a chance to tell his own story in the new documentary "Listen To Me Marlon," which is narrated by Brando himself through the use of hundreds of hours of audio recordings he made during his life.

The documentary's director Stevan Riley and Brando's daughter Rebecca Brando joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to discuss the film. One question Riley hoped to answer in his documentary is how Brando viewed his own legacy as an actor despite becoming "famously disillusioned with his profession." The director said one of the biggest insights on that inquiry came from a conversation Brando recorded with Robin Williams.

"[Brando] said that Robin had helped him recognize that actors can take people away from their troubles and take people out of themselves for a moment and give them a vision of something that is bigger than themselves," Riley said. "So I think he understood that his body of work had achieved something similar."

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with "Listen To Me Marlon" director Stevan Riley and Rebecca Brando here.

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