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Tim Robbins turns prison teacher

Robbins, who played jailed banker Andy Dufresne in the 1994 classic, is holding weekly five-hour classes for inmates at the medium-security California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California.

The classes are run by The Actors’ Gang, a theatre company set up by a group of screen stars including Robbins in 1981.

He tells CBS Los Angeles, “They’re asked to do things they’ve never been asked to do in their life – open up emotionally, and put make-up on and costumes on, and pretend to be people. It’s weird stuff.

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“You never are encouraged to express your emotions in prison, and this class says it’s okay to feel this kind of emotion, to respond with fear to a threat, to have empathy for someone that is constantly hostile. It’s okay to laugh at the absurdity of a situation.”

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