Sean Penn has been a known actor for decades. Generations both young and old know the actor from the plethora of films he has produced over a long-reaching and successful tenure. Over the course of his career he has worn many hats. He has been an actor, a director, a producer, and now a novel writer. He has also transcended outside of films as a war correspondent, columnist, and interviewer. Penn interviewed Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman. He won two Academy Awards for Best Actor. These are only a few of the highlights he has enjoyed. Presently he is trading all those hats for one, the hat of a novelist. Recently Penn published his first novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. According to him it is the most creative thing he has done in years, he loves writing, and is not planning on going back to acting anytime soon.
Bob Honey has only begun to circle around the literary world. Many critics are razing the book, commenting that Penn should keep to acting. The novel follows the exploits of a septic tank salesman named Bob Honey. Honey moonlights as a contract killer for the government whose weapon of choice is a mallet. The novel has been labeled a satire by many, and contains commentary on a list of current events. One such comment, made in the epilogue of the book within a poem, scathingly rebukes the #MeToo movement. The poem has garnered some ire, but Penn is non-apologetic. According to him the poem is a broader statement about divisionism, and that reader will take away what they want from it. Other critics and celebrities have applauded the book, proclaiming that it is a great first novel.
For Penn it is an exciting and new challenge, something that is completely his to share. In recent interviews he expressed a loss of passion for filmmaking, one that led him to search for a new outlet. He has certainly found on in novelization. Whether this foray will be marked as a success remains to be seen.
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