The UK Guardian has a brutally scathing article on Tim Robbins, barking Hollywood moonbat.
He’s a writer, he’s a director, he’s an Oscar-winning actor with an Oscar-winning wife. He’s also Hollywood’s most vociferous anti-war campaigner – a constant thorn in the side of the American Neocons. And now he’s bringing his own political satire to the London stage. Andrew Anthony meets the player who refuses to play the game.
You’d expect a typical leftist puff-piece, but once past the introduction it develops quite an edge. The author takes his time playing with the sock-puppet for slobbering stupidity, so it makes for a delightful read, but necessarily a long one.
So I ask how Kosovo was a threat to US security.
‘Ahm…’ he hesitates. ‘I believe… I’m not the right person to talk about this… but that region of the world, this is the way I’ve heard it put… Can I go get a cigarette?’ He disappears and, as if having remembered his Noam Chomsky, returns a minute later with a ready-fit anti-imperialist answer. ‘Where it’s all flawed is this hegemonic belief that if you bring business to a country it will help them.’
Leaving aside what he had said a moment earlier about the Marshall Plan, I say that when I visited Kosovo it was less about bringing business than preventing communal bloodshed.
‘I’m ignorant on this subject,’ he admits, without bluster. ‘I’d have to read up on it.’ He returns to Iraq, a subject on which he has done a fair amount of reading. Contradicting himself once again, he repeats the line that the Iraq war was a neoconservative plot hatched in 1989 by Bush advisers who believed ‘they could spread democracy. They thought they were altruistic’ – so not about destabilisation after all – ‘They were wrong.’
Robbins is not a politician and it is therefore a little unfair to parse his words, teasing out the contradictions and inconsistencies. But his muddled thinking, in which the only continuum is that American foreign policy is always bad, informs his writing as a dramatist. He shows me a scene that he’s editing from Embedded that is both pretentious and simple-minded – not a happy combination – and is reminiscent of the worst shouty agitprop.
The article goes on about his muddled and shallow thinking, mentioning the reviews of his play that call it “sophomoric”. I might expect such an interview on Fox News, but this appeared in the UK Guardian. There aren’t that many people that even the Guardian would dismiss as a leftist buffoon, but Tim Robbins has made the mark. Maybe there’s an ill wind blowing across the entertainment desk.