Sean Penn might not be the best person in the world, but at one point, he was one of the best actors. The 57-year-old actor has won two Academy Awards during his long career in Hollywood.
But now he claims he is falling out of love with the art of it all. During an upcoming interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Penn explained that he hasn’t been enjoying acting for a few years now.
“I, you know, I think that this had been true for some time. It can be great when you’re working with good actors or good directors or good writing as an exercise. But do I have a belief that it has a lasting value? Maybe, I could make the argument intellectually. But I don’t have a visceral – I’m not in love with that anymore.”
So what is he currently in love with? Writing novels, apparently. He has a novel coming out later this month titled Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Here is the description for the novel…
“Bob Honey has a hard time connecting with other people, especially since his divorce. He’s tired of being marketed to every moment, sick of a world where even an orgasm isn’t real until it is turned into a tweet. A paragon of old-fashioned American entrepreneurship, Bob sells septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses and arranges pyrotechnic displays for foreign dictators. He’s also a contract killer for an off-the-books program run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm, and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources.
When a nosy journalist starts asking questions, Bob can’t decide if it’s a chance to form some sort of new friendship or the beginning of the end for him. With treason on everyone’s lips, terrorism in everyone’s sights, and American political life sinking to ever-lower standards, Bob decides it’s time to make a change—if he doesn’t get killed by his mysterious controllers or exposed in the rapacious media first.”
There seems to be a lot going on there, and the actor turned novelist is ready for the criticism. He knows some people are going to hate it, and it looks like he’s already prepared for it.
“You know, some people are going to get this book and some people are – not going to get this book. Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it. And- and that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?”
That’s such an easy excuse, huh? “Some people will get it and some won’t,” it’s basically saying this book can’t be bad. If you don’t like it, it’s simply because you didn’t get it.
Great spin, Penn.