A Minute With: Sean Penn on 'Gunman,' Haiti and superheroes
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sean Penn is not all gruff voice and intense gaze. He can have a good laugh too, like when he envisions himself as a superhero.
For the thriller "The Gunman," opening in U.S. theaters on March 20, the 54-year-old actor and activist talked to Reuters about what motivates him in both the movies and the causes he champions. Here are excerpts from the interview.
Q: What drew you to this story and the character of Jim?
A: It appealed to me in a way that a lot of action movies haven't appealed to me, because the consequences of violence were present throughout, and yet that didn't seem to create a ponderous weight on the energy of the picture.
Q: How important was it to have the backdrop of Democratic Republic of Congo?
A: What was important was that the epicenter of that narrative drive had a history of suffering intervention, be it political intervention or corporate intervention. And certainly DRC has had both, and continues to.
There were also some real-life parallels related to the mining interests that had happened there. That made it the appropriate choice. Continued...