We Are So The Bane of Sean Penn’s Existence

September 19th, 2007 // 14 Comments


Sheesh, Sean. Have a drink, smoke a joint–or something. Just friggin’ relax, dude. At the Los Angeles premiere at the Director’s Guild for Penn’s film, “Into the Wild,” which he wrote and directed, Sean spoke only when spoken to and kept his answers brief and seemed pained to be promoting his film. “Into the Wild” is based on the true story of Chris McCandless, who graduated from college and left a life of comfort behind him to travel aimlessly for two years, before finding his way to the Alaskan wilderness. McCandless’ story was told in the book by Jon Krakauer, upon which the screenplay was based.

“This movie is what I’ve wanted to say for a long time,” a soft-spoken Penn told the DGA audience, before thanking Krakauer and the McCandless family, who were in the audience.

Which leads me to believe that the film is just a series of shots of Penn telling the media to “Fuck off!” Just kidding! I hear it’s actually a really good film. I just think Sean might need a foot massage or something, though, for real–just to loosen up a bit.


More photos (Vince Vaughn, Giovanni Ribisi, Robin Wright Penn, Scott Caan, Christina Ricci, Shirley Jones, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, Jena Malone, Samantha Mathis, Adian Quinn) from the premiere of “Into the Wild” are after the jump.


By Lisa Timmons

  1. T-Bone

    Great writer. Great book. I only wish someone other than Sean Penn had discovered it.

  2. peachpie

    wow. that’s SOME hat shirley jones has on. the pink really doesn’t match the denim at all.

  3. Jeanie

    Why oh why isn’t Robin Wright working these days?? She’s so great. It’s like her husband killed her career.

  4. ZeldaF

    Robin looks great, good on her! Sean Penn may be an “ok” actor. But as a person, I can’t stand the pompous, self important, socialistic ass.

  5. Ugh

    Sean Penn is such an idiot. He’s another one that needs to pack up and do us a favor and leave the U.S.

  6. jen

    My guess is that Sean was not talking because he wants this movie to do well and he’s afraid that if he had free reign, he’d totally squash any chances this movie had. We all KNOW that when Penn opens his mouth and is allowed to talk, everything is negative and political. Noone wants to hear that crap anymore, not from hollywood types living in their glass houses.

  7. green cardigan

    I like Sean Penn. He may be a grumpy old sod but you are always guaranteed a good performance from him when you go to see his films. He doesn’t suck up to the press or the media either, and when Hurricane Katrina hit the US I saw photos of him out in that rising water, getting his hands dirty, helping. And you know that with someone like him, his help is from the heart. He couldn’t be arsed trying to impress.

  8. Clementines

    I love the pix of him bravely toting a shotgun, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46299 and ready to kill some hurricane Katrina refugees should they bother him while he was trying to help New Orleans recover? Anyway, he’s a hypocrit, spoiling for manly action.. arm chair democracy-hating communist and wants to wander about the wilderness and act like a mountain man, eating what he forages and living simply on the land no man has spoiled? I seriously doubt he would throw away all the riches he has for roughing it.

  9. green cardigan

    Well, he’s entitled to his political opinions and he’s entitled to air them if he feels like it, like every other American. Isn’t that in your Constitution? Telling someone to ‘move out’ because they dare to have socialist leanings isn’t very democratic or open minded.

  10. Living in OH

    Sean Penn is a brilliant actor and a person with a brain and a social conscience. If more people had the fortitude to step up and speak the truth, then America would be the better place that it was before 2000.

  11. Nanc'

    Anxious to see this movie. After the story broke, I realized I’d driven on the highway that was just a short distance from where Chris was dying. Even after reading the book, I’m not sure how this happened. There are so many hunters in that area and he wasn’t far from the highway at all.

  12. nastybugger

    I like him as an actor, but let’s face it…he’s ALWAYS been a cranky bitch when it comes to the media. remember how he used to punch out photographers?

    that being said, it’s his prerogative to speak out or not speak out on his political views. If you don’t like what he has to say, you don’t have to listen to it.

    That’s what the “OFF” button is for.

  13. Tessa

    I like Sean Penn….so what if he is cranky! The media usually ask such stupid questions!I read the book and I loved it….can’ wait to see the flick.In an age where most celebs care about money and BLING it’s good to see someone CARE! I rather Sean Penn to Britney….Paris anyday!

  14. T-Bone

    His crankiness isn’t what’s annoying to me. It’s his hypocrisy and arrogance.

    But I digress…he’s free to speak, think whatever… I’m just interested to see if he does a good job with this book.

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