Sean Penn is most well-known for his iconic roles in such famous films as Dead Mean Walking, Mystic River and Fast Times at Ridgemont High but, lately, he’s been steering his career in a different direction. The 57-year-old actor and activist has recently released his debut novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. The book has spawned quite a bit of controversy due to its titular character being a former septic tank salesman turned assassin who has a tendency to target the elderly. Nevertheless, he stands by his work, saying many of the scenes under scrutiny were merely taken out of context. The book also touches a bit on the metoo movement and Penn has reaffirmed his commitment to diversity and equality.
The book has also come under fire as of late for the inclusion of a scene in which the titular character sends his landlord (a thinly-veiled reference to Trump) a death threat and provides him with a barrage of insults. Nevertheless, he stands by this scene and his publisher has said he had no qualms about keeping that scene in the book. Despite the negative reception, the book has been lauded by prolific writers such as Salman Rushdie who called it a bold new direction and said it’s great fun to read. Despite his ties to numerous prolific writers, Penn has said he wants Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff to stand on its own and be judged on its own merits.
While he has said he may return to acting at some point in his career, he currently has no acting roles lined up and he has said he already has another book idea in the pipeline. He has long expressed his favoritism for writing as opposed to acting, saying he enjoys having full creative control and doesn’t care for sharing the spotlight with anyone else. While it was initially set to be released as a screenplay, it has since been picked up by a publisher who decided to release it as a full-length novel. So we wish him the best of luck on his book tour.