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Tim Robbins Wins Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

Tim Robbins accepts the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Some may say that Tim Robbins has it all. Last year he won an Academy Award for his role in "Mystic River," his 13-year relationship with Susan Sarandon is still going, and now, he is Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical's Man of the Year. What more could a guy want?

"I wanted bigger breasts," Robbins joked, referring to the traditional blond wig and padded bra bestowed upon all Man of the Year honorees.

Robbins, 46, took to the stage at Harvard Thursday night for a roast before receiving his award- a pudding pot honoring him for making a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." The actor, towering over his hosts, said he is "6'5" on a good day," and although quiet, he willingly accepted every challenge thrown his way.

From proving his ability with a hula-hoop to defending his choice to act in "Howard the Duck," Robbins was prepared.

"I was poor. I was starving," he said referring to "Howard." "It was George Lucas -- he'd just done 'Star Wars.'"

Although Sarandon, his companion and 1996 Woman of the Year honoree, was not there, Robbins said her advice to prepare was not very helpful.

"She talked mostly about the parade," he said. "She had no idea that men don't get the parade."

Mocking his role in "The Shawshank Redemption," Robbins was forced to stand before a parole board and defend himself against several "outstanding offenses." The prosecutors produced a duffle bag containing evidence of his indiscretions, including a bag of "pot," and a Bush/Cheney sign. When criticized for "Antitrust" and "Mission to Mars," Robbins had one response: "I stand accused."

After singing a personalized rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in reference to his role in "Bull Durham," Robbins happily accepted his pudding pot and made his liberal political views clear.

"I'm deeply honored," he said. "Seeing these young college students on stage here tonight makes me believe that perhaps if George Bush had been president 20 years ago, and there were abstinence programs in place ... you know those abstinence programs don't work? You'd have the same people here!"

The Man of the Year ceremony marked opening night for "Terms of Frontierment," the 157th student-written production by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, a student organization at Harvard. Starting in 1891, it is one of the oldest theatrical traditions in North America and combines musical comedy with drag-show burlesque. The acting troupe gained international attention with the introduction of the Woman of the Year awards in 1951 and the Man of the Year awards in 1967. Catherine Zeta-Jones accepted Woman of the Years honors last week. -- Rachel Bowie

Posted by Mac on February 19, 2005 10:11 AM
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