The actor turned columnist speaks his intellect about commentators, haughty facilitate study, the mania-led # MeToo movement, and why his ex-wives find him boring
Sean Penn strolls into a low-key restaurant not far from his house and slides undetected into a seat at the back. It is a misty day in Malibu, 15 miles north of LA, and the actor appears in familiar, I-don’t-care semblance: beat-up leather jacket, brushfire hair( which, in light of the views he will air about female vanity in Hollywood, I feel bound to report may be more vibrant than sort planned ), with the skittish vigour of a man who has stood for too long next to very loud talkers. The 57 -year-old accosts me affably, to my astound: while Penn may be long admired for his acting, he is disparaged for almost everything else. He is known to be pugnacious, short-tempered, long-winded, a soul who shrieks at photographers and inhales on Tv. And now he has written a lunatic novel.” It’s the most fun I’ve had professionally ,” he croaks and reclines back in his chair.
A few daytimes before our satisfy, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was the issues of a full-page newspaper ad in which the publishers, instead cleverly, extended texts from the book’s worst reviews and asked readers to make up their own imaginations. The tale, which follows the escapades of its eponymous hero as he goes around selling septic tank and assassinating old people, is a satire of American shopper culture and the sect of epitome, and for weeks its excess have been gleefully documented. Penn writes as if every text has been put through a thesaurus: for “face”, read” dermal concealment “; for “quiet”, ” linger symphony of stillnes “; a boy with good hearing has ” remarkable auditory augmentation economy “. So it gone on, until we are to achieve:” Effervescence lived in her every cellular show, and “shes had” spizzerinctum to spare .”
Cherrypicking these follies provides us with a moderately good laugh, but here’s the peculiar thing: taken as a whole, there is something quite thrilling about Bob Honey, a hallucinatory aftermath that sees the tale at times virtually feel like a piece of accomplishment prowes. Linger long enough in the nations of the world of Penn’s prose and one starts to lose all purchase on world, a sort of brain slide that Penn contends was intentional.” It was meant to be challenging ,” he says.” Meant to have you stop-the-rhythm to go and look something up .” If he talks in a word fog, it is because he opts” to be understood by osmosis. If I’m being brief, I presume[ people] will fill in, or if I am not being brief”- the far greater likelihood, on the evidence of our chat-” the tangents would be connected by the other person .” He hoped the book might work along similar lines.