HOLLYWOOD (www.Zap2it.com) - Robin Williams
has given up most of his addictions -- the drugs, the partying, the excesses --
but he admits to his new and maybe strongest addictions yet -- the Internet.
In a one-on-one interview with Zap2it, Williams confesses to being a computer
junkie, unlike many celebrity friends who are terrified of the Internet and
"I'm not afraid of it, I'm actually kind of addicted to it," says
Williams while seated at a Beverly Hills hotel while promoting his new film
"One Hour Photo."
In the Fox Searchlight film, interestingly enough, he plays a low-key stalker
type of guy who obsesses over a family. He knows that such things could happen
to him, so he's careful and he never reveals his true identity to other
Williams, while he was traveling on his recent comedy tour, which became a hit
HBO special, says that his computer hook-up was important while on the road.
"When I find out a hotel doesn't have a DSL, it's like 'What? There's
no toilet?' Once you get used to high speed you aint going back,"
Williams smiles. "Once you've had DSL, you don't go back."
The 50-year-old Oscar winner, who won Best Supporting Actor for "Good Will
Hunting" confesses, "I play games, I'm not going to lie about it,
and when you play online against someone else, it's the best. Especially when
you're playing against a 12-year-old kid who's been playing the game for a year
and knows all the secrets. I'm fascinated by military games."
He says that a few of the people he's met playing the military games are just
too involved and do scare him a bit.
Some of his favorite sites include weird auction sites and game sites, but he
never checks out fan sites about himself.
"That's like bobbing for razors, that's really bad news because you'll
find great things and horrible things. I did it once," Williams admits.
"You'll find people who love what you're doing and people who despise what
you're doing. That's the Web, that's the gamut of all personalities."
|His favorite games include First
Person Shooter, Half-Life and War Craft 3.
"There are a million games and there are mods with these
games," Williams says, getting into the lingo. "The mods are
taking these games and basically redesigning it and doing it on their own
thing. There's a game called Half-Life and these guys made up a total different
take on it using the engine to make a World War II engine called Day of Defeat
with Germans and Americans doing kind of like a Normandy beach type thing. But
these guys made it on their own and the company basically kind of gave them
"It's amazing. It's a world. It has it's own mythology, plus clans and
groups," Williams says.
"Just as long as it doesn't become like," he gulps,
"Well,, because it's video cocaine, it can be as addictive as anything
in this world with computer widows."
| "It's amazing. It's a
world. It has it's own mythology, plus clans and groups"
Williams warns, "You have to limit it though because it's addictive
because of this world. I guess the worst case scenario was some kid who killed
himself because his character died. You have to go, 'Wait a minute. This has
gone way beyond the limits of a game.' "
And then, Williams dispells rumors that he poses as a 6-year-old girl on some
"No, that's not true," he smiles coquettishly. "I was