Sean Penn is an actor, producer, director and writer. He is best known for his roles in Mystic River, I Am Sam and Milk. Penn has worked on over 100 theater and film productions and has been nominated for five Academy Awards, a Directors Guild and Writers Guild Award, and won two Oscars. His written work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. His first novel is titled Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: A Novel.
Actor and author Sean Penn sits down with Norman and Paul to talk about his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, and the journey it took to write it, writing satire in a time of satire, taking time away from the collaboration of filmmaking to work alone, and using bad reviews to work in his favor.
Strap yourself in for a chat with one of the greats. Two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn pays his first visit to "Happy Sad Confused" to spread the good word about his debut novel, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff". In this conversation, Penn opens up about the reasons he's turning away from acting for the solitary pursuit that is writing. But of course Josh takes the opportunity to explore some of Penn's most notable collaborations, from Woody Allen to David Fincher. Plus Penn reminisces about random phone calls from Marlon Brando, the importance of his mentor, Jack Nicholson, and so much more.
Sean Penn wrote a novel to slow things down. He fell out of love with making movies, he is disillusioned by the culture, and he finds it hard to draw hope from current events. Sean explains to Marc how writing makes him feel like he's not part of the noise, how he finds strength from the Parkland students, and how an upcoming movie made him feel like he could actually rekindle his love of filmmaking. Also, Lynn Shelton returns to the garage to talk about directing her new movie, Outside In, and explain what it's like to direct Marc. This episode is sponsored by Barry on HBO, Spotify, and SimpliSafe.