Winkler describes how he saw Williams before his loss:
This incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone.
His reaction to Williams’s performances:
My only job was to keep a straight face and it was impossible because no matter that you said to him – no matter what line you gave to him, he took it in, processed it and then it flew out of his mouth, never the same way twice… You knew, Oh boy, you’re witnessing the beginning of something unbelievably special. He was electric — electrifying – and he was like, that no matter what he did, all the time…No matter what he did, he was that…It was just an amazing thing to witness.
In this sports comedy directed by Frank Coraci. Winkler plays Coach Klein, a mentally unstable college football coach with a losing team. Klein sees no chance for his team until Bobby Boucher comes looking for a job as waterboy. Not only can Boucher supply great tasting water, but he sure can play football too and save Klein’s career – as long as his Mama doesn’t find out. Also starring Adam Sandler and Kathy Bates.
Do you know that people still talk to me about The Waterboy as if it came out yesterday? All over the world, people talk to me, and in the same way that another generation puts their thumb up for The Fonz, there is a whole generation that comes up and goes “Gaaatorade.” It’s a very nice thing.