Chatting Up Tim Robbins at the Creative Coalition Dinner
Tim Robbins is a massive guy. Especially when stacked up against long-time partner, the slightly teensier in real life (but dazzling) Susan Sarandon.
As a stream of stars representing the Creative Coalition -- the non-profit political advocacy group founded by Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Christopher Reeve, among others -- filed by, Robbins talked to Celebritology about the election year, his hopes for the Obama presidency and his spotty memory when it comes to former Washington Post gossip columnists.
When asked what he'd like to see the new Obama administration do first, Robbins said he'd like to see the detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed.
"Then, just a return to respect for the Constitution," said Robbins. "I'd like the U.S. to reinvest in the documents that made us great in the first place."
Robbins only broke character slightly when I made a reference to former Post Reliable Source columnist Lloyd Grove, with whom Robbins had a falling out in 2003 after Grove interviewed Sarandon's mother, at the time a George W. Bush backer.
"Who?" said a grinning Robbins when Grove's name was mentioned.
Sarandon also took a break from issues of national import when one InTouch Weekly stringer gushed "You're just such a great actress."
"Sure, I'm Helen Hayes," quipped Sarandon.
Star Jones, blinged out in a floor-length silver spangly gown, did not bring along boyfriend Herb Wilson, who joined her over the weekend at the BET Honors. And maybe Wilson should watch out since Jones batted her eyes and said, "Well hey good lookin'," to Robbins as he entered her orbit on the red carpet.
Also on hand at Monday night's event: Josh Lucas, Ellen Burstyn, Connie Britton, Matthew Modine, Stephen Baldwin, Alfre Woodard, Kim Raver, Kerry Washington, Tim Daly, Alan Cumming, Maura Tierney and Senator John Kerry and wife Teresa.
Most of the above -- and more -- will also turn out for tonight's Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at D.C.'s Harman Center for the Arts.
More pix from last night.
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