Small Beginnings: Sean Penn

    Small Beginnings takes a look at a very interesting American actor, director and activist, as controversial as talented. Let’s take a look at how he got where he is today. Ladies and gentlemen, Sean Penn.

    Sean Justin Penn was born on August 17th in 1960 and grew up in Los Angeles County, California. Both his parents were actors and his dad Leo Penn directed episodes of “Little House on the Prairie“, which Sean later appeared in 1974 as an extra. From early age he started making short films with his friends, including Emilio Esteves and Charlie Sheen. He started starring in TV shows in smaller parts of troubled teenagers until he got enough recognition to start a serious acting career. Soon Penn got dissatisfied with the industry and went on to directing as well as acting, ending up with four feature films (the most recent one being “The Last Face“ from 2016) and several music videos.

    He continued to find positive recognition as an actor and award nominations for playing various roles, including a drug dealer (“The Falcon and the Snowman“ 1985), a racist murderer (“Dead Man Walking“ 1995), an egotistical jazz guitarist (“Sweet and Lowdown“ 1999) and a mentally handicapped father (“I am Sam“ 2001), as well as an assassin  (“The Assassination of Richard Nixon“ 2004 and “The Gunman“ 2015) and the real-life gay-rights icon and politician Harvey Milk (“Milk“ 2008). Penn is known for starring in films that reflect his liberal political views.

    His current projects include “The Professor and the Madman“ together with Mel Gibson and Natalie Dormer, as well as a TV mini-series called “American Lion“, planned for 2017.

    Beside his film work he is also very well known for his political involvement, standing up for free speech, demonstrating against the U.S. military strike on Iraq, supporting Venezuela and their support of the Syrian government during the Syrian uprising (2011-2012), as well as criticizing President Bush and his administration for its “deconstruction of civil liberties” and its “simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil.“. In 2005 he was involved in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina and in 2011 he founded an organization to run a tent camp for the people who had suffered in Haiti from the earthquake.

    Despite his controversial comments, we thank Sean Penn for his hard work and investment in humanitarian work. We appreciate his courage to stand up for what he thinks is right and be honest, even if it costs him popularity. We wish him and his family all the best.

    “I live in the energy and rhythm of the character.
    To some degree, that’s true

    of every actor I’ve worked with.”

    – Sean Penn

     

     

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    • Hanna is from Germany and loves film, especially writing and directing. After High School she did volunteer work in India for almost a year and then went on to study film in Australia. Her goal is to work on feature films in the professional film industry as well as write and direct her own work.


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