Sean Penn is an Academy Award-winning actor and movie director who has partaken in many opinion pieces, interviews, and humanitarian work, supporting the nation of Haiti after the country suffered a massive earthquake. Now he has become an author, releasing his first new novel this year. His book is about a septic tank salesman who has divorced his wife and is also an assassin for the U.S. Government. He interviewed with vogue about this latest new project called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”
Sean Penn was in Los Angeles going through the middle of his book tour. His next stop would be Austin. Penn likes the idea of finishing a novel as opposed to a film because the novel gives him the independence of completing something on his on and also the freedom to not have to feel apologetic about any failed collaborations or edits afterward. Penn has gotten to a point in his career where he didn’t feel the need to engage in something that required much collaboration or financial backing. Writing this novel is something that was left up to him and the publishers and there was less burden of expectation than a movie would have. He does have another book in the works, so this is not a one time project. Penn is content with writing and he actually enjoys it more than making movies at the moment. His book touches on some of the current social issues which he says is intentional. One of the things this book is about the division that is being created if we do not make space for inclusion.
Penn says his book is about the current culture of our country and he has taken real scenarios and included them in the book for the realistic feel. He says his novel should not be viewed as an opinion piece. In his book Bob can express things that Penn may not have been able to express in his acting circles. His book includes some of the quieter opinions that may have been voiced in smaller circles on the internet. He feels a new peace with writing. While he was acting he felt the pressure of inevitable negative outcomes daily.