Robin Williams mistaken for Bono

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 November 2011
Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams claims drunk fans often mistake him for U2 frontman Bono

Robin Williams often gets mistaken for Bono by drunk fans.

The 60-year-old actor was recently approached by a man in Paris who thought he was the 51-year-old U2 singer, but it only happens when people have taken "a lot of medication" or are "completely s**tfaced".

Speaking at the UK launch of Warner Bros' animated movie 'Happy Feet Two', he joked to BANG Showbiz: "I had a guy come up to me in Paris saying, 'Are you Bono?' Then he said, 'Oh no, you're not, you're Robert Windsor'.

"I only really get mistaken for Bono by people who are really hammered. They have to be completely s**tfaced to think I'm Bono. I suppose when I put on the glasses I look a bit like him. It's usually from a distance and by people who've had a lot of medication."

Despite being mistaken for the Irish star, the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' actor - who is well known for being able to master a number of different accents and impressions - is unable to pull off an Irish accent to meet his high standards.

He added: "The Irish accent is one I just can't seem to get. I always start doing it and then it just f**king fades. It always ends up going into Scottish."

'Happy Feet Two' is released on December 2 in the UK.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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