Fort Point Stage will host a free outdoor screening of “Good Will Hunting” later this month in honor of the late Robin Williams.
The volunteer-based performing arts organization will be showing the 1997 classic in the park at Channel Center at 8 p.m. on Aug. 22. The event is a part of the Fort Point’s impromptu outdoor movie night series.
Should it rain, the screening will take place at Wormwood Park at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26.
While Williams wasn’t a Bostonian, his Academy Award-winning role as Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting” will forever endear him to area natives.
Soon after news of his death broke, fans of the film turned a Public Garden bench where Williams and Matt Damon shared a scene in “Hunting” into a makeshift memorial on Monday night. There’s also a petition floating around the web in an effort to get a bronze statue of the actor and comedian erected next to the “Good Will Hunting” bench.
Williams has had a huge impact on the Boston area. As Boston.com’s Michael Nadeau writes, “Maguire’s such an authentic creation, so skillfully written by [Ben] Affleck and Damon and so wonderfully played by Williams that it seems like he stepped right off L Street onto the screen — bad accent or not. Williams might not have been a Bostonian, but damn it, he sure made himself into an unforgettable one.”
For more information on the outdoor screening, head to http://fortpoint.org.