May 21, 2016

"Sean Penn lost the audience for his newest directorial effort, The Last Face, less than a minute into its debut press screening this morning at Cannes."

"As the opening title cards, laid over an educational map of Africa, prepared us for action set during the second Liberian Civil War in 2003, a second set of title cards in a more lyrical italicized font flashed onscreen, comparing that crisis with the vicious tribal rebellion in South Sudan a decade later, and that conflict to 'the brutality of impossible love shared by a man' — fade to black, wait for it — '… and a woman.' There was a millisecond pause for shock before much of the audience burst out laughing."

From "Derided Sean Penn Cannes Movie Followed By Tense Press Conference With Charlize Theron" by Jada Yuan in New York Magazine.

26 comments:

PB said...

Wrong category. It's a comedy.

Michael K said...

Sean Penn is old news. Or no news.

madAsHell said...

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Fernandinande said...

Is "Sean Bean" pronounced "Seen Been" or "Shawn Bhawn"?

Skipper said...

The best Sean Penn movie scene is in "The Falcon and the Snowman", in which the Mexico City police beat him up with a phone book. Good times.

Dude1394 said...

I don't get it.

coupe said...

Penn is a (unattractive) hate magnet.

I don't understand why he even shows his stuff, when it is custom made for those DVD dollar barrels at walmart.

What a loser.

Hattie said...

Now that's funny.

rhhardin said...

There must be a backstory everybody knows that would make it intelligible.

I've seen Theron in 5 DVDs and don't see that she has anything to have an ego about, but maybe she's acting. She's in my list of unrecognizeable stars.

EDH said...

'the brutality of impossible love shared by a man' — fade to black, wait for it — '… and a woman.'

Still not over and rehashing his marriage to Madonna?

"My Mother", by Jack Byrnes. You gave me life / You gave me milk / You gave me courage / Your name was Angela / The angel from Heaven / But you were also an angel of God / And He needed you, too / Selfishly I tried to keep you here / While the cancer ate away your organs, / Like an unstoppable rebel force.

William said...

It's impossible to make a meaningful movie about the Liberian civil war. Prince Johnson, who now sits in the Liberian Senate, taped the torture death of the Liberian President. Hollywood film makers have no handy narrative to dramatize such evil. Perhaps if the story were set in Westeros,,.,,,,

Clyde said...

When you've lost Cannes...

buwaya puti said...

If you want to do this subject right -
Beasts of no nation, Fukunaga, with Idris Elba

Chris Arabia said...

"I've seen Theron in 5 DVDs and don't see that she has anything to have an ego about, but maybe she's acting. She's in my list of unrecognizeable stars."

She was brilliant in Arrested Development, but maybe she *wasn't* acting.

Oso Negro said...

Say! It's 2016! The brutality of an impossible love could have been shared by a man...

and a man.
and a boy.
and a robot.
and a sheep.
and a camel.
and several women.

I leave it to Laszlo and Titus to fill in the rest.

eddie willers said...

taped the torture death of the Liberian President.

Death by boola boola?

furious_a said...

...also starring Javier Bardem and Jean Reno. What a waste of talent.

Ms. Theron showed some chops in "Young Adult", "Head in the Clouds" and "Mad Max Fury Road". And who can forget the catfight with Teri Hatcher in "Two Days in,the Valley"?

furious_a said...

Blogger eddie willers said...
taped the torture death of the Liberian President


That was MSGT Samuel Doe who did the torturing, wunnit?

Nichevo said...

No, furious, Doe got the chop, literally, from forces under one Prince Johnson.

knox said...

Poor Sean Penn. At this point my reaction is usually something like, "Bless his heart." Something you'd say about an uncle with dementia.

knox said...

Charlize realized it just in time and hit the eject button. I had to look up what "ghosting" meant when I read what she did to him.


ps (Mad Max Fury Road was Best Picture, don't let anyone tell you otherwise)

coupe said...
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Jonathan Graehl said...

sean penn's work as an actor is fine. i guess we don't like his politics or something? who cares?

i assume 'you never go full retard' (tropic thunder) was about him in 'i am sam', which in my more naive days was just pure+touching. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277027/

tim maguire said...

Sean Penn can't tell the diffence between mass savage atrocity and interpersonal angst? That explains a lot about Sean Penn.

JAORE said...

Humanitarian help in Katrina. Isn't that where he hired a small boat to carry himself, a videographer and some water to those in need, and the boat sank?

Might have worked better for all concerned if it were just the boat, the pilot and the supplies. But where is the (ego boosting) fun in that.

Ah well, next up Fun Time in Venezuela, a love story between a woman and....... a roll of toilet tissue.

AprilApple said...

Move to the rotting socialist paradise that is Venezuela, Sean - or STFU and die.