September 11 and the
concequences - Mystic River & the Oscar - Wild times for Sean
was brought up in a country that relished fear-based
religion, corrupt government, and an entire white
population living on stolen property that they murdered for
and that is passed on from generation to generation.'
But it was not only his work as an actor and
director that put Sean Penn in the spotlight. Also in politics - even he is
not a member of a political party
doesn't call himself a pacifist
- his attitude was controversial and he did not always get applause for it.
In the year 2002 it was quite clear, that the USA would begin a war against
And Sean Penn did take a firm stand - in his own special way ...
2002 he caused a sensation with his bought ad-page in the Washington Post.
In his article/ad he begs the President of the United States to 'help
save America before yours is a legacy of shame and horror' (see Washington Post ad - text or
a copy of the
After this, many of his collegues, journalists
and fans believed, it would have been better, if he 'kept his advice on
weapons to himself and sticks with the bombs he knows best - his movies ...'
But Sean Penn didn't care about other peoples opinion and started an
interest for the country Iraq and the Middle East, which lasts until today
(please see detailed information about
Sean Penn and the Iraq here).
Sean Penn visiting a children hospital in Iraq
If the primary statement of the film isthat if you have good abs it's OK to
kill people, I pass.
When Sean Penn did an episode as director
in the documentary film
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it seemed to be clear, that politics would dominate from now on his work in
film. But far from it! He carried on to do remarkable parts in remarkable
The seats are reserved - will he show up?
Together with a fine cast such as Tim
Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden he was Jimmy
Markum in Clint Eastwood's Film Mystic River.
Most deserved in 2004 he won a Golden Globe for this part and - at last
- an Oscar(see
Surprisingly he even showed up at the Oscar-event - to demonstrate his
respect for the director Clint Eastwood.
Then followed the highly acclaimed
Sean Penn won for the second time the 'Coppa Volpi' in Venice
as Best Actor (seeAwards
of '21 grams', Alejandro González Inárritu,
gladly remembers working with Sean Penn: 'Ninety-eight per cent of his work is so well done, that even his
bad takes are, I will say, betten than the average good takes of any
actor. (...) He has the intuition, he can smell what you want.'
Coppa Volpi - with the cigarette
always near by ...
lly hard for its realization and played himself the main part of the
privately and socially failed Sam Bicke. For many Sean Penn Fans is this his
best played figure (so far ...).
'If I one day
win the lottery I would do three or four films all four or five years - not
And there would be no more time for acting.'
the thriller The Interpreter
with Nicole Kidman
Sydney Pollack and his team had the great honour to be the first team
to film in the UN in New York. For sure this made it quite easy for Sean
Penn to say yes to the part of Tobin Keller ...
In 2004 then followed
All The King's Men
Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, James
Patricia Clarkson und Kathy Baker.
It's a remake of a film from 1949, after the well known novel by
Pulitzer-winner Robert Penn Warren. Sean Penn plays charismatic Willie
Stark, who, after a spectacular ascent as politician takes a plunge.
And what about Sean Penn's great love -
directing? His latest project 'The Pledge'
was now five years back ...
to be in the 'directing a movie every five years' schedule! So in
February 2006 Sean Penn directedInto the
Jon Krakauers book,
with Emile Hirsch in the leading role. The film was no blockbuster but
nevertheless was loved from critics as well as filmfans all over the world. Into the Wild Website
"There are only 3 or 4 in each
generation, the ones that define acting for
themselves and redefine it for everybody else ..."