Sean Penn, an acclaimed Hollywood actor and film director goes from controversial journalist to author of a novel the New York Times describes close to mad. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine, Sean Penn expresses his outlook on writing prose, filming movies, and living life. Most recently, Penn was involved in a frenzy involving his exclusive interview of Mexican drug lord El Chapo. This following Penn’s departure from Hollywood films, and his devotation to social activism and political outspokenness. His last big budget production came in 2015 with the thriller The Gunman directed by Penn and starring him as the star.
Penn cites his exhaustion in Hollywood’s social manuvering as a catalyst for his exit in the film market. Penn also notes the collaborative process involving a film as a tarnish on his work. A work of prose as opposed to film screenplay gives him complete creative agency and entitlement. His novel titled Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is an unreliable narration novel depicting character Honey’s double life as a daytime septic tank salesman and killer hired to end the aging population.
The interview shows Penn estranged from his film career and closes any comparison between the “Bob honey who just do stuff,” release to that of a film one. Penn also refutes any discernments made by his fellow Hollywood stars about the motif of his novel. Penn is not interested in public acclamation for his book nor does he claim didacticism in his work. However, the introductory monologue in his book implies the opposite. Penn has been dragged down by social media on his irony in writing a poem in response to the #metoo movement’s series of accusations, of which his own colleagues have fled with charges. His own brand is something Penn is still coming to terms with. The limitation of a brand is to Penn both absurd and possible. Penn does admit having other written projects in the works. And, though the interview’s exchange claims Sean Penn’s work with the film medium has reached its coda, like the character of his book, Penn’s unpredictable nature suggests other.
Watch Penn’s interview on comedy central here: