Most of his best characters involve him providing hope to those that need it:
A teacher trying to bring hope to students in Dead Poet’s Society
A frantic disc jockey trying to bring hope to the troops in Good Morning, Vietnam
An emotionally damaged therapist helping a reluctant genius in Good Will Hunting
A socially inept doctor trying to give hope to patients with a rare disease in Awakenings
There are so many more, but the one that captures his ability to simultaneously provide uncontainable joy with an undercurrent of sadness is from a little-known movie called World’s Greatest Dad.
It’s not a pleasant movie. At all. It’s an extremely dark comedy that can easily offend and disgust most who watch it. It centers around a grieving father who capitalizes on his son’s accidental death. Over the past few days many on the Internet have used a scene from this film as a sort of rallying cry: “Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems.”
That’s a fitting sound bite, especially since a man so many people loved and admired from afar tragically took his own life. But the movie has an even more powerful quote that hits at the root of despair and depression. Loneliness:
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.”
Rather than add any more commentary to something so sad and tragic, we’d love for you to put on some headphones, or crank up your speakers if it won’t disturb anyone else (NOTE: there’s a bit of profanity at the beginning of it), and enjoy the following scene.