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Biography - Part III - 2001 - 2006
September 11 and the concequences - Mystic River and the Oscar - Wild times for Sean
was brought up in a country that relished
religion, corrupt government,
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.
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 ...'
Sean Penn visiting a children hospital in Iraq
the primary statement of the film is
When Sean Penn did an episode as direcor in the documentary film '110901 - SEPTEMBER 11' 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 films.
The seats are reserved - will he show up?
Another highly acclaimed film was 'The Assassination of Richard Nixon'. Sean Penn worked realy 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 only one.And there would be no more time for acting.'
For the thriller 'The Interpreter' with Nicole Kidmandirector 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 ...
When the filming for 'All The King's men' was finished, Sean Penn said - as he does, once in a while - , that he now needs a longer break from acting. So we realy don't know, when, for example we will hear about filming'In Search of Captain Zero'. In this film Sean Penn plays cult-author and ex-surfer Alan Weisbecker and he produces the film as well.
And what about Sean Penn's great love - directing? His latest project 'The Pledge' is now five years back ... time to be in the 'directing a movie every five years' schedule! So we learned in February 2006, that Sean Penn is to direct Into the wild - he adapted Jon Krakauers book and will direct the movie. We are looking forward to it!
So now, there is
only one problem left - smoking! Sean Penn's father, Leo Penn, died of lung
cancer, aged 77. Sean's friend, composer Joseph Vitarelli, remembers the
funeral: `Leo died of lung cancer. And Sean and I were smoking at his
funeral, outside, round a corner. I mean, we really needed a cigarette that
Dennis Hopper with the Penn-Family
Sean Penn's motto is a quote of E. L. Doctorow: 'The responsibility of the artist is to know the time in which he lives'.
So therefore we can be sure, that time and again as actor and director, as writer and journalist, he will show up and fight the good fights for us....