Despite winning two Oscars (for Mystic River and Milk) Sean Penn recently brought his illustrious acting career to an end following last weeks announcement he had 'retired', and it seems clear why: He hates working with others.
Promoting his new book, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Penn made the admission as he sported a worryingly dishellved appearance.
Admitting to feeling a little zoned out on Ambien, a popular medicine used to treat sleeping disorders, Colbert was clearly worried about his guest's overall health.
"I've interviewed you before," Colbert said. "How do you tell Sean Penn on Ambien, from Sean Penn not on Ambien? Because you lay back in interviews in a really big way."
Colbert was refering to the pair's 2016 interview shortly before the US election, where Penn was in a similar state. Just like the 2016 interview, Penn preceded to light a cigarette, which Colbert seemed prepared for as he quickly took out an ashtray from under his desk.
Now a novelist, Penn attributed his fallout from acting to his inability to collaborate with others, candidly telling Colbert "I increasingly don't play well with others."
Like Penn's recent behavior, the novel he was there to promote is most unusual. A dystopian piece of fiction, the novel's protagonist, Bob Honey, is an assassin who kills old people with a wooden mallet before being tasked with taking down a 'fictional' president set in the Trump-era.
While early reviews have been mixed, a recent New York Post article titled, "Celebs who write books are on crazy ego trips" questioned the actual writing abilities of Penn and other published actors, such as Lena Dunham, Tom Hanks, and Jessie Eisenberg.
What are your thoughts? Has he completely lost the plot? Or is his new writing career the start of something better?
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