Sean Penn: His Life and Timesby Richard T. Kelly
Brash, iconoclastic, controversial, intelligent and "the best actor of his generation," all have been used to describe Sean Penn. Throughout his remarkable career in the dramatic arts, as well as his occasionally explosive personal life, Sean Penn has proved he rarely plays by the rules. A tumultuous marriage to Madonna, stints in jail, and other forms of
Brash, iconoclastic, controversial, intelligent and "the best actor of his generation," all have been used to describe Sean Penn. Throughout his remarkable career in the dramatic arts, as well as his occasionally explosive personal life, Sean Penn has proved he rarely plays by the rules. A tumultuous marriage to Madonna, stints in jail, and other forms of hell-raising marked Penn's younger years, along with some stunning performances on film. Later, Penn emerged as a brilliant director, devoted father, contentious political activist and reluctant actor, capable nevertheless of breathtaking performances (Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, Mystic River, and 21 Grams). Illustrated with over seventy-five black and white photographs and drawing on exclusive interviews with Penn and his family, friends and colleagues (Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Woody Allen, Susan Sarandon, Bono, Christopher Walken, Angelica Huston, and many more), Kelly creates an engaging, richly detailed and multi-faceted portrait of an uncompromising American artist in this exclusive and engrossing authorized biography.
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His Life and Times
By Richard T. Kelly
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"I kind of see Sean in ... that particular heroic ... moment, the 1950s and 1960s.
Antonioni, Rossellini, Pasolini ... I see those aspects in him, but also very American
aspects-Brando, James Dean. I see Sean with Kerouac, or the young Bob Dylan. But I
don't really see him in corporate America, 2004." -Anjelica Huston
"Sean and I have a good time together, no doubt about that. I remember when we were
scouting The Pledge, I got up the next morning for breakfast and there was Sean asleep
under the piano. I thought, 'Here's another reason we get along. Another Irishman who
don't wanna get up in the morning.'" -Jack Nicholson
"What is the sequel? Spicoli Goes to College? Spicoli couldn't have got into college ...
Spicoli Goes to Rehab? Spicoli Gets Out of Jail After Fifteen Years for Pot Possession
and Reenters Society? That is a movie, I suppose. Neither Sean nor I have ever been so broke
that we've had to think about it seriously." -Art Linson, producer, Fast Times At
"And I, stupidly, hit him. And he went down. And then I made the mistake. He was
bigger than I was. I didn't want him getting up, so I picked up a chair-not thinking, I
just went from a misdemeanor handbook to a felony, assault with a deadlyweapon-just
thinking, 'I want to let him know not to get up.'" -Sean Penn
"But the very last day of shooting, Sean finished a little before I did [and] he went away
and shaved, and cut his hair. And then when he came down to the set it was one of the
most jarring things that I've seen.... You know, you just eventually trick yourself into
thinking this is your reality.... I'm sure that Sean had to disengage ... he drove across
the country after that, and I can't speak for him, but I don't know how he could have
gone through the part and not been pretty deeply affected." -Susan Sarandon, on Penn
in Dead Man Walking
"So much of being an actor in movies-especially if you're a leading character in a
piece-is that all-day everyday thing of catching a light here, hitting a mark there ...
connecting with another person in the scene, creative choices ... The concentration ... is
So it's a big fuckin' school's-out-for-summer feeling when you're done.... You're
starting life again, and you can just be free." -Sean Penn
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