Few smart actors are as good at playing dumb as Tim Robbins. At 56, Robbins possesses an impressive filmography as both an actor and director. Offscreen, he’s distinguished himself with his political work. He’s done great work playing smart characters too, from the amoral Griffin Mill in The Player to the Bill Gates-like bad guy in Antitrust. (The latter’s not a good movie, but it’s worth seeing for Robbins’ performance alone.) But there’s something magical about Robbins’ performances as slow-witted characters like “Nuke” Laloosh in Bull Durham and Norville Barnes in The Hudsucker Proxy. It’s like he turns out a light behind his eyes and stumbles into the world unprepared.
Robbins has made several films with pal John Cusack, including the little-seen, odd, and pretty good 1989 comedy Tapeheads, which includes this (sort of) dance sequence: