Sean Penn has a vision about his life
and about the work he does
and he doesn't let many things stand in the way of that.
(Garry Shandling - writer, actor and
That's what'll be on his gravestone. Why three times?
Because he's more than courageous, in my eyes.
He's a man on fire. Like a flame. And I'm one of the moths ...
I mean, if you trace the evolution of Sean's acting career
just in hairdos alone, you'll see, that he's pretty brave and out
I don't really know anybody else apart from Cher
who's done so much to their hair as Sean has.
The best actor of his generation. Period. No contest.
There is nobody as good.
(Art Linson - producer and author)
There is one quality that defines
which is integrity.
Integrity, because there is congruence in what he thinks
and what he does and what he expresses.
You can like it or not, but that's very difficult to find
nowadays in this industry. And in this world.
(Alejandro González Inárritu - Director)
(Benicio del Toro)
He's become a leader, like the
like Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando.He's a leader of being free and independent
and that's what I love about him.I love that he can go for the big guy.
I do think sooner or later there's a
demand that your movies
and so probably he'll have to figure that one out.
But then I think maybe he won't - maybe he'll find a way around it,
because I don't see Sean cowing to the system.
(Joseph Vitarelli - composer and friend)
Sean has done a lot of movies for
little or no money,
certainly for someone in this sphere.
And he's turned down colossal amounts.
Do you know how many buddy-movies this guy's been offered?
It's one thing to say: 'I'm gonna turn down 10 million $'and
another thing to do it.
Sean's fierce integrity is truly,
truly a rare quality in Hollywood.
Everybody talks about it, blah-blah-blah, but with Sean,it's in his DNA. And he maintains ist,
always say: 'Really good actors, if the time comes, they could play their
own grandmother', and Sean's one of those. But I hope he does keep
directing and keeps his emphasis there. It's hard, it's a tough row he's
hoeing. But I really think he's too dedicated a man to do anything but.
I remember the first time I met Sean, clear
as a day (...)
It was a dinner, a woman introduced me to him and said I
was terrific in this miniseries
and he had to see it, blah-blah-blah.
I said: 'Listen, I can't take a compliment in front of this guy, I really
Sean turned to me and said: 'You know, compliments are like shit. They're
better when they come out.'
(Benicio del Toro)
things may be changing on the outside, people may be perceiving,
'Oh, now he's more commercial', or whatever - in fact it's not true.
It's just that people are finally figuring out that he's one of the
great actors of all time.
He just struck me as very intelligent and
He's put his money and reputation where his mouth is - a fucken brave guy.
He said a wonderful thing to me, I'll have to paraphrase:
'These people think, I'm gonna back down because of all the flak they've
given me. They have no idea ...'
(Cole Miller, Writer &
happen to think that
Sean Penn is the most talented actor of my generation -- we're around the
same age -- so it was a little intimidating working with Sean
for the first time.
from: eDrive's George Clooney Q & A 1998)
remember driving Sean somewhere in my car and saying to him: 'I'm really
sorry you had to go to jail.'
And he said - one of my favourite Penn-isms, as I call them, -
'A lot worse things have happend to a lot better people ...'
(Erin Dignam - writer & director)
flubs a line. Goes to where the action is. Prepares...prepares...becomes.
Will throw a punch at a photographer or anyone who provokes him. Is a stand-up
guy. A man's man. A trusted friend. An actor's actor. A wonderful poet,
screenwriter, director. Father of Dylan and Hopper Jack. Even sober, the
one to party with. Enjoy the differences in each of his performances. Dark
energy exploding like a sun. Shows up everyone with his brilliance. Lives
in a moment-to-moment reality. Uses all his senses in his work. Makes the
accident work for him.
Penn--He is an amazing actor, man, friend.
(Quote: Dennis Hopper © www.time.com)
the guy who I see as my brother. And I wish everybody could see that
playful, joyful, fun-loving - and truly genius - character. The real
Sean, you know?
think, everything else that has
as great as it may be .... it's just prologue.
For all the work Sean has done - I think
the greatest work is still ahead of him.
(R. D. Call - actor)
Zitate - außer George Clooney und Dennis Hopper - stammen aus dem Buch 'Sean Penn - his life and
von Richard T. Kelly)