Actor Tim Robbins has long been known as an outspoken Democrat. However, the Hollywood recently broke with many on the left.
The Blaze reported that during an interview with fellow actor Russell Brand, Robbins expressed regret over having uncritically accepted prevailing narratives about COVID-19.
"I bought into it," Robbins said of his initial support for restrictive COVID policies. The Blaze noted that in Robbins' home state of California, "schools, bars, gyms, churches, and campgrounds were blocked off or shut down."
Compulsorily masking was also ubiquitous as was pressure to become vaccinated, with California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom likening those who refused to drunk drivers.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told city employees in October of 2021 that those who would not take the vaccine could find themselves unemployed.
"I was masking everywhere," Robbins admitted. "I was keeping my social distance. I was adhering to the requests made of me, and I felt angry at people that didn't do that." However, his perception began to change after he visited the U.K.
"I noticed a lot of people were not adhering again to these requests made by their government," the actor recalled. "I thought, well, they’re going to have a hard day coming up, that there will be some serious death here."
"When I saw that there wasn’t a huge death rate [in Britain], after I witnessed personally what was happening, I started to wonder more and more about what we were being told and whether it was true or not."
In fact, the movie star began to question whether the negative effects of locking people down could outweigh any potential benefit.
WATCH: Actor Tim Robbins slams the left's COVID lockdowns in an interview with Russell Brand.
"We went into lockdown with healthy people... that didn't seem to be wise to me... I am concerned about the result those doctrines had on us as human beings. And it's not good." pic.twitter.com/B4E83qmDus
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What's more, Robbins also realized that public attitudes towards COVID appeared to be guided by political loyalty rather than actual evidence.
"At first, if you were a Democrat, when [Donald] Trump was president, well, you weren’t going to take that vaccine because it was Trump’s vaccine, and then that seemed to somehow change," he pointed out.
As soon as a Democrat was in the White House, Robbins noticed the prevailing sentiment change to, "If you didn’t take the vaccine, you were a Republican."
"It was kind of Orwellian. It was like we are no longer at war with East Asia," Robinson said, alluding to a plot point from George Orwell's classic novel "1984."