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Robin Williams impersonation by actor from Charleston has fans calling for biopic film

The real Jamie Costa:

Jamie Costa has snagged internet attention once more for an impersonation of Robin Williams. Costa is originally from Charleston. File

An actor originally from James Island who attended The Citadel briefly before transferring to North Greenville University is gaining internet attention for a video post in which he emulates Robin Williams. 

The video is titled "ROBIN test footage scene," and 31-year-old Jamie Costa bears not only an uncanny resemblance to the deceased actor but does a laudable impersonation. 

In the scene, set backstage on the set of "Mork and Mindy" in 1982, he sports a colorful baseball tee and rainbow suspenders. He starts out in a cheerful mood before receiving the news that his friend John Belushi has died from co-star Pam Dawber, played by Sarah Murphee. 

After a moment of disbelief and heartbreak, Costa snaps into Williams' funny self once more. 

"You sounded like James Bond just then," he says to Murphee to break the tension.

When she leaves, he sits in front of the mirror, rehearsing lines while dealing with the tragedy internally at the same time. You can see the grief on his face and in his eyes.

The scene ends with Costa back in Williams' happy-go-lucky persona, the pain pushed below as the show must go on. 

The emotional rollercoaster of a five-minute clip has already received more than 3 million views since its YouTube debut on Oct. 11. 

It was produced by Danny Peykoff, James McLean and Costa, with directing and editing by Jake Lewis.

Costa moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from North Greenville University with a focus in theater. He transferred from The Citadel his second semester when he found out the military college didn't have the classes he wanted. 

“They didn't have theater,” he told The Post and Courier in 2015. “That didn't last long. Those were the years I figured out I wanted to do something different.”

That year, he first became known for capturing the likeness and spirit of Williams, who had just died, when he uploaded a video tribute titled "Never Had a Friend Like Him."

The video, which is no longer on YouTube, featured impressions of Williams' many quirky characters.

In 2015, Costa performed at a "Saturday Night Live!" showcase. He's since appeared in a variety of independent and feature films. 

In response to his most recent Williams impression, fans of the performance are calling for a full-length biopic film starring the Charleston native. 

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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.