Shawshank Inspires Real-life Prisoners

TIM ROBBINS is given a hero's welcome when he meets criminals in jail - because his uplifting prison drama THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has gained him a mass following among inmates behind bars.
The Hollywood star is part of the Actors' Gang rehabilitation project which aims to help convicts in California develop stage skills while serving their sentence.
And he was surprised to learn his turn as jailed banker Andy Dufresne in the multi-Oscar nominated 1994 movie is an inspiration to real-life prisoners - with many insisting the film made them vow to turn their back on a life of crime.
Robbins says, "People say it's turned their life around, it's allowed them a vocabulary that made it easier to avoid violence as an option. Some tell me that for the first time they were able to talk to their children on visits. They found emotions inside them that they were able to express more freely."


Contactmusic

Tags: Tim Robbins - The Shawshank Redemption


Editors Recommendations

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

‘Game of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does...

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Jay-Z and Beyonce, on the same bill? Yep, it looks as though the world's richest and most...

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Leonardo DiCaprio will continue his hunt for a best actor Oscar with Gonzalez Inarritu's...

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's "Gone Girl"

The first trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl is out. The last bit of news about the Gillian Flynn...

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

Lindsay Lohan has been hit with the shame and bad publicity of a fellow entertainer...

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

Aaron Taylor-Johnson might seem pretty subdued for a 23-year-old Hollywood actor...

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

Facebook have been splashing out a lot of money lately! Although, we have to say...

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.

It looks like AC/DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because rumors of the band’s...

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.


More recommendations

Comments

Tim Robbins Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Tim Robbins

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All