Tim Robbins has way too much free time on his hands

Tim Robbins has way too much free time on his hands

Tim Robbins is going to prison. But not in the anal rapey kind of way. He’s going to teach an acting class to prisoners in Norco, California. Of course. In Texas they execute their prisoners. In California we teach them how to cry on cue. Via Contact Music:

The Shawshank Redemption star Tim Robbins is heading back behind bars to give acting lessons to prisoners. Robbins, who played jailed banker Andy Dufresne in the 1994 classic, is holding weekly five-hour classes for inmates at the medium-security California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California. The classes are run by The Actors’ Gang, a theatre company set up by a group of screen stars including Robbins in 1981.

He tells CBS Los Angeles, “They’re asked to do things they’ve never been asked to do in their life – open up emotionally, and put make-up on and costumes on, and pretend to be people. It’s weird stuff. You never are encouraged to express your emotions in prison, and this class says it’s okay to feel this kind of emotion, to respond with fear to a threat, to have empathy for someone that is constantly hostile. It’s okay to laugh at the absurdity of a situation.”

What the hell is this? Tim can’t get anybody to watch his movies, so now he’s teaching bad acting to convicts. Something tells me that the “Presentational” and “Representational” method classes won’t be nearly as well attended as the “I Need to Act Like I’m Sorry at My Probation Hearing” method class. Maybe when Tim is done with the convicted rapists and murderers, he can find some time to work on Hugo Chavez’s comedic timing.


Tags: Tim Robbins
October 26, 2012 - 6:30 am