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Reaction to the Tim Robbins-Susan Sarandon split

December 23, 2009 |  5:47 pm

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This fall, Tim Robbins launched a multi-week performing arts festival in L.A. as a last ditch effort to save his theater company, the Actors' Gang. The festival was titled "WTF?!" -- which, Robbins explained to The Times, was his own response to learning about the dire financial condition that the company was facing.

As it turns out, "WTF?!" was also the reaction today of many Robbins fans upon learning that the actor and his longtime partner, Susan Sarandon, had separated after more than 20 years together.

Our friends at the Ministry of Gossip blog report that Sarandon's publicist has confirmed the split and that no further comments are forthcoming. The couple had reportedly separated during the summer.

Robbins and Sarandon were often cited by journalists and other celebrities as a rare example of an enduring Hollywood relationship. The couple has two sons together, Jack, 20, and Miles, 17. Sarandon has a daughter, the actress Eva Amurri, from a previous relationship.

Known for their outspoken liberal politics, Robbins and Sarandon have riled everyone from Academy Award telecast producers to conservative pundits. 

The couple worked together on the films that Robbins directed, including "Dead Man Walking" (for which Sarandon won an Oscar).

Robbins, who won his own Oscar for his supporting role in "Mystic River," met Sarandon while they were making the movie "Bull Durham," which was released in 1988.

The Actors' Gang remains one of L.A.'s best-known theater companies. Its aggressive, in-your-face aesthetic tends to divide audiences and critics. But the company has garnered a number of local awards and has also toured internationally.

When he spoke to The Times in October about the "WTF?!" festival, Robbins said that the company was intentionally flying in the face of the recession. 

"We are saying, 'This is not going to stop us.' And so the best way we can figure out for it not to stop us is to do more than we ever have in the past," he said.

Robbins also revealed that he is developing a historical play about the United States that will open early next year.

-- David Ng

Photo: Tim Robbins. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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