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After Nearly 40 Years in the Entertainment Business, Sean Penn Tells “CBS Sunday Morning” The Thrill is Gone

Penn Tells Tracy Smith: “I’m Not in Love with That Anymore”

Sean Penn and Tracy Smith (Photo CBS)

After nearly 40 years in the entertainment business – and earning some of the industry’s top honors – actor-director-writer Sean Penn says the thrill is gone, in an interview with Tracy Smith for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Sunday, March 25 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
The two-time Academy Award winner tells Smith he doesn’t enjoy acting these days. “I, you know, I think that this has been true for some time,” Penn tells Smith. Penn makes his startling admission about acting in a wide-ranging interview with Smith tied to the release of his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, published by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company.

“It can be great when you’re working with good actors or good directors or good writing as an exercise,” Penn tells Smith of acting. “But do I have a belief that it has a lasting value? Maybe, I could make the argument intellectually. But I don’t have a visceral – I’m not in love with that anymore.”
What he does love, he says, is writing – which he does in longhand, not on a computer. Bob Honey is about a septic tank salesman-turned-assassin who kills people with a mallet. Among his other actions, Honey sends a letter containing a veiled threat to a fictional president.
Does he worry people won’t get the joke?
“You know, some people are going to get this book and some people are – not going to get this book,” Penn says. “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it. And – and that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?
Sean Penn (Photo CBS)

Penn also talks with Smith about his ongoing philanthropic efforts to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and personally going to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. He also discusses his infamous interview with then escaped drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman; his legal battle with producer Lee Daniels; life after acting; and what advice he might give to his younger self.
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