Sean Penn

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Quotes (16)

  • Sean: I had a house burn down once, and everything in life burned, except my family, and it was so liberating. I didn't have a bad moment about it. It sort of reinvigorated my interest in a lot of things. I wonder if there should be some kind of anarchy.

  • Sean: You build a cage based on your sense of the truth and your sense of the aspects of the character that need to tell the story. If you've done your job right, which I've had varying degrees of success doing at different times in my life, then you're able to function very freely within that cage.

  • Sean: I was brought up in a country that relished fear-based religion, corrupt government, and an entire white population living on stolen property that they murdered for and that is passed on from generation to generation.

  • Sean: I think it's really important to be able to feel your own life, and I had felt so numbed by what had been a kind of surreal saturation of what was going on in the Middle East, and what it was going to mean, particularly relative to my kids' future and things like that.

  • Sean: I can never get ahead of the game because of the movies I do.

  • Sean: The major studios are by and large banks and they give you what is by and large a loan to make a movie. Like banks, they want their money back plus.

  • Sean: If the primary statement of the film is that if you have good abs it's OK to kill people, I pass.

  • Sean: Nic Cage is no longer an actor. He's more like a performer.

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Trivia (23)

  • Following Sean's on screen kiss with fellow male actor James Franco in the film Milk, he sent a text message to ex-wife Madonna with the message, "just popped my cherry kissing a guy. I thought of you. I don't know why.' Sean has another gay scene in the film with Mark Martinez.

  • In 1996, 2002 and 2004, Sean was nominated for SAG Awards. All 3 years, he was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. In 2004, he was also nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture". In 1996 he was nominated for Dead Man Walking. In 2002, he was nominated for I Am Sam. In 2004, he was nominated for Mystic River.

  • Citing irreconcilable differences, Sean and wife Robin Wright Penn, announced in December 2007 that their 11-year-old marriage was over, and filed for divorce. The pair sought joint custody of their two children, son Hopper Jack, and daughter Dylan Frances. Five months later, they reconciled and withdrew their petition.

  • His performance as Jeff Spicoli in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High is ranked #9 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

  • He was paid $5,000,000 for the movie I Am Sam.

  • His brother Chris died on January 24, 2006.

  • There is a popular indie-band in The Netherlands that is called Seanpenn.

  • He was briefly engaged to actress/photographer Pamela Springsteen. She is the sister of Bruce Springsteen. Sean and Pamela were both cast in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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