Robin says heart surgery "broke his barrier" and made him more emotional

About 15 years ago, my mother underwent an emergency heart-bypass surgery.  The surgeons said they wouldn’t know how many arteries they had to bypass until they got in there.  When they did get in, they found that five by-passes were necessary!  It was a long surgery, but she did use music and said she would never again have surgery without using music!

When I visited her in the recovery area, less than an hour after her surgery, she said things to me she had never said…things that were very loving and sweet and it consumed me with joy and happiness that I had never felt before.  My mother has never been a demonstrative person, but it was as though the surgery removed an emotional blockage in her heart that allowed her to be affirming and loving and sweet in a way that I had always longed for!

(as quoted on www.MusicRooms.net/showbiz)  The Hollywood actor famously underwent open-heart surgery early last year, when one of his valves was replaced with that of a pig. Although Robin has recovered now, the star admits the experience hugely changed him as a person, putting him far more in touch with his feelings.

“Oh, God, you find yourself getting emotional. It breaks through your barrier, you’ve literally cracked the armour. And you’ve got no choice, it literally breaks you open. And you feel really mortal,” he told British newspaper The Guardian.

Since he first found fame in the 70s, Robin has enjoyed a long acting career and is considered one of the most hardworking stars in the movie industry. He has appeared in movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets’ Society and The Fisher King.

But since experiencing ill health last year, 59-year-old Robin says he wants to take his professional life far more slowly. He regrets making so many movies during the 90s, although he doesn’t pinpoint any particular films.

Robin accepted so many roles because he was worried his fans would forget him, and he fears this made him take parts he perhaps didn’t value artistically.

“In one two-year period I made eight movies. At one point the joke was that there’s a movie out without you in it. You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous. And then you realise, no, actually if you take a break people might be more interested in you. Now, after the heart surgery, I’ll take it slow,” he explained.