Sean Penn on
appreciate words, and I appreciate acting, so combining those elements into
a film is the ultimate act of appreciation.
that I've still not been successful at playing the role of the retired
actor, and I'd like to work on that.
between, I go broke because I seem to do movies where you're not paid a lot
as an actor.
favorite thing to do is not act - it's that simple.
never again going to do a movie as an actor where I'm enjoying myself. It's
not fun, and it doesn't have to be.
There've been a couple of times when I've gotten the offer to do the odd one
that'll make the bank big forever.
had actually tried to stop acting before I made Dead Man Walking.
If the primary
statement of the film is that if you have good abs it's OK to kill people, I
I've always operated under the notion that
audiences don't always know when they're being lied to, but that they always
know when they're being told the truth. And if there are what I think are
unsung truths to be talked about in a film -- through a character, through a
story -- and that dominates the piece, that's the key for me. I think the
biggest thing is to not participate in the damaging, lying cinema.
Sean Penn on directing
I think, you know, if the right project kind of came along that I would be
able to direct, I would love to do that.
Directing is the ultimate job of an appreciator.
Directors like Alejandro come along very rarely, and you're very lucky if
you stumble across one in your life as an actor.
I think it's much more important to direct movies but if it's going to take
five years between each one then I'll have to make up for that.
I think that you become a bit enlightened to the concerns of the filmmaking
process more when you direct.
If I win the lottery, I'm gonna direct three to four pictures every four to
five years, instead of one - and there won't be time to act.
Sean Penn on the movie
If there's anything
disgusting in the movie business, it is the whoredom of my peers.
So, if you're an
artist who is in it just for the money, I would be against you.
I hate journalists. Or better. I hate paparazzi. Yeah, I punched
them out and I'll do it again if it's necessary. I think a fist in their
face is the only way to protect my private life. I demand my freedom. And I
must have it.
We have some good
people in politics - it's just that they don't win. In the same way we have
some good movies, but they don't succeed in the US.
The major studios are by and large banks and
they give you what is by and large a loan to make a movie. Like banks, they
want their money back plus.
like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can't really be
felt, truly, by one.
Love is a mess, at best, and I figure it can be very real in spite of all
the things people try to attach to it.
bottom line is, you love your wife, you do your best with that.
Marriage ain't easy, but it's great most of the time.
My daughter is changing so rapidly now that her likes are different every
day, and I love being involved with that.
Family makes me feel
there's a reason I'm alive... I'm feeling my life, which I didn't always do
partly because I'd be drunk a lot.
Sean Penn on Iraq and politics
I wanted to come to Iraq and see Iraqi
faces - children, adults, diplomats, anybody that implies - and go home
with some impressions that will not let me off the hook. . . . It's not
Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented
preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a
most temporary medicine.
Simply put, if
there is a war or continued sanctions against Iraq, the blood of
Americans and Iraqis alike will be on our hands.
My trip here is
to personally record the human face of the Iraqi people so that their
blood - along with that of American soldiers - would not be invisible on
my own hands.
I think it's
really important to be able to feel your own life, and I had felt so
numbed by what had been a kind of surreal saturation of what was going
on in the Middle East, and what it was going to mean, particularly
relative to my kids' future and things like that.
There's the death penalty as society
deals with it and legislates it, and I'm against it.
I think that people like the Howard Sterns,
the Bill O'Reillys and to a lesser degree the bin Ladens of the world
are making a horrible contribution [to society]. I'd like to trade
O'Reilly for bin Laden. [O'Reilly] is a grumpy, self-loathing joke.
I am more
patriotic than this president we have, who I consider a traitor of human
and American principles.
I 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.
I don't consider
myself specifically political, you know? I think of working as an actor
as being a human thing. The concerns I have that fall into politics are
on Sean Penn
Oh, I'm a big-mouth. I said a lot of
I'm not a
I've never really
been one to get what they call stage fright so much.
You try to do your best at what you're
getting paid for.
If too many people like you,
you're doing something wrong.