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Jonesboro boy recalls time spent with Robin Williams

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The death of a legendary comedian and actor hit a little bit closer to home for one Jonesboro boy.

"Robin Williams was one of a kind and he just really made that day special for me," Ben Sherman told Region 8 News.

During his cancer treatment at St. Jude, Ben Sherman starred alongside Robin Williams in a commercial for the hospital.

"When I first got there, I didn't know the script," Ben told Region 8 News. Ben admitted that he actually didn't know much about Robin Williams either but it didn't take long for that to change.

"He walked up to me and he was like 'Hi, I'm Robin Williams' and I was like whoa...I just...I was kind of speechless!"

In the midst of a comedic genius, the then 8-year-old realized something as soon as they started filming.

"Robin didn't really care about the commercial," Ben said.

But that's not to say he didn't care.

"He just cared about making me have a good time, making my time off treatment they best it could be," Ben said.

"You know, you think of, he could be anywhere in the world he wanted to be. He had the connections and the money and the ability to do anything he wanted that day and he chose to spend it with a St. Jude patient," Ben's mom, Jackie said.

Ben recalled more of that day, saying it was filled with laughter.

"The producer got onto him, after a couple hours of just laughing he was like, we gotta do this commercial!"

Though Robin Williams made Ben and the world laugh through roles like Mrs. Doubtfire, Genie from Aladdin and Mork from the planet Ork, his suicide brought on emotions rarely associated with Robin Williams.

"I didn't know what to do. I didn't say anything. I just went up to my room and cried," Ben said.

Though he's now just left with memories and memorabilia, it's the good memories, like that day on set, that will stick with Ben. "The only complaint I had is that my cheeks hurt the next day from laughing so much."

While Ben wasn't familiar with Robin Williams before he knew he'd be starring in a commercial with him, he said he's now seen Mrs. Doubtfire at least a dozen times.

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