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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 17:29 GMT 18:29 UK
Robbins attacks 'compliant' media
Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon
Robbins and Susan Sarandon are outspoken critics of the war
Actor Tim Robbins has hit out at the American media for their "compliance" with US government policy in Iraq.

Robbins, 45, was speaking at the Riverside Studios in London which is currently showing Embedded, a play written and directed by the US star.

A black comedy, the play focuses on journalists working in Iraq during the war, and how the US administration manipulates the media to its advantage.

"The American people are paying through their teeth for the war," he said.

"We are dealing with a few neo-conservatives who believe that it is OK to lie if you are serving the greater good," said Robbins, an outspoken critic of the US-led war against Iraq.

"That kind of logic was on display in the months leading up to the war. It was clear an agenda was being followed."

"It was clear also, and sadly, that there was compliance in the American media," added the Oscar-winning actor.

"The American people are paying through their teeth for the war in Iraq, not only in financial terms but in terms of American lives and the effect on terrorism recruitment."

Policy shift

Robbins has already announced his support for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the forthcoming November elections.

He said only a shift in power would prompt a change in policy in Iraq: "That is why this [presidential] election is so important."

Staged by Robbins' company The Actors Gang, Embedded sold out in New York and Los Angeles during its eight-month run in the US.

However, the play received poor reviews when it opened in the UK last week.

It will be showing at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, west London until 23 October.

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