As Joni Mitchell says “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” and that’s exactly how I feel about Sean Penn. There was a long dormant period when Sean was off doing his thing and we didn’t really have to hear about it but now he’s got this new novel to promote (serious question: How do you read while your eyes are rolling? Is it physically possible?) and he’s making the rounds with a little pig pen poof of American Spirit smoke hovering over his head. In addition to lighting up on stage while in an Ambien induced haze on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, E! reports that Sean was also a guest on the WFT podcast with Marc Maron and talked about ex-wife Robin Wright’s parenting style.
The Colbert interview is a rambling string of sweaty metaphors (I know, I’m one to talk) and pseudo-philosophical musings. In his defense, Sean said (via Huffington Post):
“You’ve inherited a little of the Ambien I had to take to get to sleep after a red-eye last night,” the actor told host Stephen Colbert. Penn then proceeded to light up two cigarettes while discussing why he doesn’t enjoy acting anymore and the creative process behind his new dystopian novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Stephen had a little ashtray ready for him so his handlers must have given him a heads up. Either that or Stephen saw Sean in the Greenroom and decided he looked combustible enough to burst into flames on the spot leaving just a pile of ashes and some pocket change.
Here’s The Late Show interview.
E! Reports that on WTF, Sean talked about his relationship with Robin and how their conflicting parenting philosophies have shaped it. Sean said:
“We don’t have a lot of conversation. We don’t not get along,” he said. “We have very separate relationships with our kids at this point and it’s better that way because they are making their own decisions. As it turned out she and I did not share the same ethical views on parenting including the continuing parenting of adult children.”
Sean’s probably the kind of parent who thinks the ethical thing to do with a child is to take them out to the forest, find a friendly looking pack of wolves and broker an exchange. One hide of your dead for my office and you can have this child to raise, deal? Sean also took a dig at his now grown children’s chosen professions saying “They’re both acting and modeling in an industry that I’m not very interested in, but they seem to have fun with it“. We get it Sean, if you’d had it your way both those kids would have already eaten the Great American Novel by now (cuz they were raised by wolves, get it? I warned you my metaphors were sweaty).