- Associated Press - Monday, April 2, 2012

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) - Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins says his experience directing a play based on George Orwell’s “1984” has prompted a life choice as personal as it is political: He’s living without a TV.

Robbins said in Bogota Monday that he’s “done an experiment for the past three years: I got rid of my television. One of the things Orwell talks about in the book ‘1984’ is this thing called ‘the two-minute hate.’”

“People go in front of their television screens and they yell at the person they object to politically. I realized I had been doing that for two hours every day during (the administration of George W.) Bush. I said, ‘I’ve got to stop hating.’”

Robbins‘ Actors Gang production of “1984” is among nearly 200 works being performed at the IberoAmerican Theater Festival.