In a new interview with People, while remembering the influence of Williams, Lawrence recalled how the late actor had told him to stay away from drugs.
Williams gave the example of his own struggle with substance abuse which caused a lot of conflicts in his personal life.
“He was the first adult who really let me in on his condition. Like, full-on let me in.”
“I mean, as bright as he was on camera — I would go visit him in his trailer to talk to him — it was painful for him. It’s really painful for him. He didn’t hide it. He talked to me about it,” Lawrence said.
The actor went on to say that Williams had said to him: “Don’t ever do drugs. Especially cocaine.”
“He was very serious. He was like, ‘You know when you come to my trailer and you see me like that?’ He’s like, ‘That’s the reason why. And now I’m fighting for the rest of my life because I spent 10 years doing something very stupid every day. Do not do it.’ I stayed away from it because of him,” he added.
Lawrence played the role of Chris Hillard in Mrs Doubtfire, opposite Williams in the titular role.
He won a Golden Globe for his performance and the film took home an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling.