I admit it. I’m a Sean Penn fan – sometimes.
I like his work and I think he’s a fantastic actor, so I try to concentrate on his films and what he brings to the screen, while at the same time, ignoring the fact that I can find his political views to be a bit of a distraction.
Penn, who was born in 1960 in Santa Monica and whose father was both actor and director, while his mother was an actress, got his acting break in the 1981 film, “Taps,” which was followed up by his unforgettable performance has Jeff Spicoli in the film, “Fast Times at Ridgement High.”
To date, Penn has starred in over 40 films and took home a Best Actor Oscar in 2003 for his performance in “Mystic River.” Personally, I thought he was better in “The Falcon and the Snowman,” but obviously the Academy thought otherwise.
In 1985, he married Madonna and we all remember how that turned out. Between fist fights with the photogs, angry outbursts at the media, beating up extra’s behind the scenes and the release of “Shanghai Surprise” in 1986, I’m suprised the marriage lasted as long as it did. The pair divorced in 1989 after Penn was charged with felony domestic assault. It’s no suprise that by then, rumors swirled that he had deep anger issues and could have used a little anger management therapy, although I’m not sure he recieved it.
After dating music songbird Jewel and Bruce Springsteen’s sister, Pam, he finally settled down with actress Robin Wright in 1996 after havng two children together.
Last month, Penn met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, where Chavez praised Penn’s “bravery” in urging Americans to impeach President Bush, while Penn applauded Chavez’s stance on the Iraq war in which Chavez characterized the invasion of Iraq as genocide.
These days, Penn recently wrapped on the film, “Crossing Over,” which co-stars Harrison Ford and Ray Liotta and is scheduled for a November release.
In 1999, Penn said of fellow actor Nicolas Cage:
“Nic Cage is no longer an actor. He’s more like a performer.”
Sean Penn. Still hot…or not?
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