September 25, 2008

So. What Have You Done with the Tim Robbins Whom I Like as an Actor, But Whose Politics are Tiresome, and Make Me Want to Barf?


I think he might be growing up:

Conservatives love to make a piņata out of Hollywood liberal Tim Robbins, but even they may lower their bats after they see him in "The Lucky Ones."

I thought we were the piņatas, but I'll let that one pass.

Robbins, Rachel McAdams and Michael Peņa play soldiers who, on a month's leave from Iraq, become accidental companions on an often-comic road trip across America.

The movie, which Roger Ebert has compared to the William Wyler classic "The Best Years of Our Lives," could have turned into a polemic on the war. But Robbins was attracted to the script, written by director Neil Burger and Dirk Wittenborn, because "it's a story about humanity where the politics are irrelevant.

"What I liked about it was the way it threw together individuals who would have no reason to be hanging out, and showed their bond," Robbins told us at a New York screening the other night.

To research the role, Robbins traveled to Fort Dix, N.J. Not everyone there threw their arms around the man who, like his partner Susan Sarandon, has been a relentless critic of the Bush administration. He recalled, "One soldier said, 'I don't agree with your politics, but I want you to know there was a guy I served with. He and I didn't see eye to eye politically on a damn thing, but I liked his character, and if there was anyone next to me in a hostile situation, it would be him.'

"I wanted to make a picture for those troops, something they could enjoy," added Robbins. "Right now, we need healing. We need to understand the experience of what it's like for the troops to come home."

Well, Tim—there are a lot of people who do understand that. But thanks for listening. Welcome aboard.

Posted by Attila Girl at September 25, 2008 05:36 PM | TrackBack

I think that it is wonderful that you are so open minded. And forgiving. Me? I think Timmy needs a paycheck. The same goes for those behind the movie. These are the same losers tha gave us "Stop-Loss," "Lions For Lambs, "
"In the Valley of Elah," and The Kingdom." Box-Office death. The same credit score as Lehman today.

The real lucky ones will be those that keep their wallet in their pocket. The ones that just say "No." The ones that see "An American Carol" instead. Vote with your pocketbook. Let Robbins finish his career with an Aiptek and a donkey.

Posted by: Darrell at September 25, 2008 07:02 PM

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