Sean Penn has had his name on numerous film and theater productions, been a director, producer, actor and writer, won Academy Awards, published opinion pieces and worked as a correspondent in the war. He established himself more recently as the author of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. This is a garrulous and funny depiction of a septic tank salesman. He works for the United States government on the side as a contract killer. The book has already provoked the expected reactions from the critics.
Sean Penn spoke of the difference between the collaboration of a film project and standing alone as the author of a book. He decided he was no longer satisfied playing with others and wanted to do something that did not involve financial backing and creative collaborations. He wanted to remove the burden of expectations associated with films and be responsible for his own fate. He admits he has something else cooking but says it does not involve acting. He stated he may eventually direct another movie but he has become very particular. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff reads like one massive prose poem and it’s not an easy read; it is a dense book for sure.
Sean Penn’s colleagues and friends have said amazing things regarding his book. He said he enjoyed acting but feels if his book influences someone it is because they drew their own conclusions with their own words. He also said he believes most of what he has heard about his book was from individuals who had not yet read the novel. The style of his book reflects his career as a screenplay writer. He never became an expert with a laptop and was eventually unable to find a ribbon for his favorite typewriter. This was when he began writing in longhand and realized he was quicker with his fingers.
He discussed what he talked about in Bob honey who just do stuff and says the ideas depend on the way it is read. He has encouraged any movement trying to create social equality. He stated the parallel movement increase superficiality. He questions the reason behind the way people feel. Sean Penn believes if people do not work for inclusion they are working for divisiveness. He does not think a novel should be viewed as an opinion piece.
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