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Sean Penn is over acting.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, set to air March 25, the two-time Academy Award winner reveals that he doesn’t enjoy acting anymore.
“It can be great when you’re working with good actors or good directors or good writing as an exercise,” Penn tells Tracy Smith. “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.” Despite being in the entertainment industry for 40 years, Penn admits that his lack of interest has been “true for some time.”
Rather than acting, Penn has shifted his focus to writing and is now set to release his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. The plot centers on a septic tank salesman-turned-assassin whose weapon of choice is a mallet. The novel’s protagonist also sends a threatening letter to a fictional president, something that could allude to Penn’s public distaste for Trump whose immigration comments he slammed in a recent op-ed.
“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 that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?” The novel will hit bookshelves at the end of the month.
During Sunday’s full interview, Penn discusses his infamous interview with famed drug lord El Chapo and his legal battle with producer Lee Daniels.
Penn’s full interview will air Sunday on CBS at 9 a.m. ET.
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