• 17Apr

    Sean Penn was interviewed by Rolling Stone about his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. He spoke about why he felt the need to write it and why he’s switched to a more isolated profession.

    Basic Plot of the Book

    “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” involves a depressed, older man named Bob. He feels unfulfilled during midlife. His dismal careers include dirty blue-collar jobs and assassination. He uses a mallet to execute the elderly to be exact. This and other fictional content in his book have caused quite a stir. Sean Penn explained that he understands that people can get confused and misinterpret. He believes that people have started to accept fiction or opinion as fact.

    Inspiration and Controversies

    He says writing his new book was the only humorous part of the whole process. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is a quirky tale inspired by the strange times we’re all living in. He said he felt inspired to find something funny in the bleakness of it all.

    Certain character metaphors in “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” led the public to believe the author was speaking in code about the President of the United States. Sean Penn claims that it’s a temptation to make a comparison to our current leader. However, he never clarifies whether this character is actually a metaphor for Donald Trump. He does explain that the book is a fictional story inspired by the complex culture of the United States.

    “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” also caused an uproar over it’s mention of the #MeToo movement. Sean Penn feels that people have taken the quotes out of context. There’s a sheep mentality that causes people to seek safety in numbers and form opinions that aren’t based in fact. He explains that society’s apocalyptic views have caused reckless hatred and judgment.

    Sean Penn’s Transition from Filmmaking to Writing

    He was asked why he enjoys writing versus filmmaking these days. Sean Penn states that he likes to work independently and away from collaboration as much as possible. He finds freedom in it. He agreed there’s a feeling of peace in expressing his thoughts in this solitary manner. He enjoys it. When asked, Sean Penn says he does plan to continue writing more novels in the future.

    { Sources }

    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/sean-penn-interview-bob-honey-me-too-w518708

 
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