Sean Penn has decided to communicate his political frustrations with the printed word. The 57-year-old Oscar-winning actor, director, and media correspondent, is putting another feather in his cap. His first book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, just hit the shelves. If one wonders what a book written by Spicoli would be like, here is a brief summary. Bob Honey is a septic tank salesmen with passionate political motivations. His frustration with politics leads him to become a would-be assassin who targets geriatrics in order to lower the population. The book is truncated with humor, and violence, as Honey hunts his prey with a mallet. Through the book Penn communicates his political leanings, critiques the Trump White House, and even punches a little at the #Metoo movement. All in all it is an eclectic experience, but time will tell if Penn’s writing matches his acting.
Penn is one of many actors who profess a waning interest with the film world. For Penn his disenchantment comes from being one of many voices. Nothing he produces comes directly from him, it suffers dilution from all the other artists working on the same film. Novels give him the ability to be free. One example is his startling slam against #MeToo. The subject is covered for about six pages in his novel. A film studio would probably have not let Penn produce something like that. Although the critique has caught some heat from media sources like the New York Times, Penn is not fazed. In fact he is very happy. Writing seems to suit him, and he is enjoying the writer’s life so far. At present he has no desire to return to acting, but has not completely dismissed the idea. He has made it clear that Bob Honey will be the first of many literary works to breathe life from his pen.