Sean Penn is a noted actor, writer, producer, director, columnist, war correspondent, and interviewer. He has two Academy Awards for Best Actor under his belt, and a host of memorable characters that will outlive him in the years to come. All of this success, however, has centered in front of and around the camera. Not anymore. Penn has retired from the acting business, and is now trying his hand at being a novelist. His first book is titled, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, and it is currently making its laps around the literary world. The book, which is a dystopian satire, focuses on a septic tank salesman who moonlights as a killer contracted by the U.S. government. It is garnering positive and negative reviews. Penn, who is presently on a book tour promoting the book, stated that it finally feels good to stand behind something that is completely his.
Many actors have retired and moved on to other things. Many of them weird, scandalous, inspiring, or mundane. Penn’s retirement is much like Michael Jordon opting for Baseball instead of Basketball. His name is still going to be out there but in a completely different medium. At present the jury is still out on whether this medium will be kind to him. Many critics are praising the book. The New York Times even described it as an enigmatic riddle shrouded in insanity. Of course other critics are saying Penn should return to acting. Penn himself is enjoying the change, and even views it as an interesting new challenge after finishing Bob Honey who just do stuff.
According to Sean Penn his retirement spurred from being burned out. Being an active actor for a number of decades it is no mystery that Penn could grow tired of the business. In his own words he described the fatigue felt in dealing with multiple personalities and endless collaboration. He enjoys the fact that it is just him being able to play with his own creativity. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff will not be Penn’s only book, according to the actor he has something else in the works.
Listen to Sean Penn’s own thoughts on being a writer: