Sean Penn Thought 'Tree of Life' Could Have Been Better, Doesn't Get What He's Doing in It

August 22, 2011


Watching Tree of Life--beholding all the beautiful imagery of space, creation, life, family, dinosaurs, and Sean Penn--Sean Penn could not help but be taken aback and wonder, "Do we really need all the Sean Penn? Seriously, what is this guy doing here?" In fact, he wondered so hard that his wondering came out aloud in a recent interview with Le Figaro. Speaking about his brief role in Terrence Malick's latest film, the actor somewhat scornfully pondered:

I didn't at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I've ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. Frankly, I'm still trying to figure out what I'm doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context! What's more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.

Come on, Terry, just give this guy an explanation. For example, in certain instances, the explanation for what Sean Penn is doing there might be, "He's there to pretend he's retarded and enjoy the Beatles," and Sean Penn will seemingly be perfectly alright with that terrible answer. Just something like that; don't think about it too much. His explanation standards aren't really that high.


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