Sean Penn arrived this Sunday at Cannes to present your new film as director, ‘Flag Day’, starring him and his daughter Dylan, and despite her attempts to focus on her professional roles, it became clear that they are more father and daughter than director and actress.
“This is a job and he is my boss, but at the end of the day he is also my father”, Dylan said, although he claimed to have a very good relationship with him, he also said they have “ups and downs.” “We are both alpha,” he acknowledged with a smile.
While Sean Penn recalled that the first image that came to his head when he read the book on which the film is based was the face of Dylan, the absolute protagonist of the film and to whom the director gives multiple and precious close-ups.
Actor and director rejected the idea that this movie was made by and for Dylan as compensation for having been an absent father during the childhood of his children and pointed out that you only have to check the “simple jobs” he did at that time to realize that this is not the case.
“One of the great things about the privilege of working in movies and being a parent is that while there are periods when you are away, once your work is done, you are the only parent who is present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And that’s when the kids get mad. ”
But, he added smiling, “It seems that they still like me”, while her daughter smiled equally at her side.
Dylan interpreta a Jennifer Vogel
In the movie, Dylan interpreta a Jennifer Vogel, the author of the book adapted by Sean Penn, in which she relates the relationship between her father, a forger and con man from 1975 to 1992. And in the film she also has a small role his second son, Hopper, both born from her relationship with Robin Wright.
“I grew up with amazing and supportive parents, nothing to do with Jennifer in that sense.”
“I grew up with incredible parents who supported me, nothing to do with Jennifer in that sense,” said the actress to explain the differences with her character, a young woman who tries to overcome the trauma of having a scammer father and a mother alcoholic, who finds her way by herself.
“My parents were very present in my childhood, they often took us outside of Los Angeles (USA), they let us lead a fairly normal life, explained Dylan Penn.
Sean Penn, Best Actor
A movie full of precious plans that add nothing to the story and in which the interpretation of Sean Penn is far above his work as a director.
Although at first Penn – who presented his last film as a director in 2016, ‘The Last Face’ (‘I’ll say your name’), with a reception that included boos – did not want to combine acting and directing jobs.
In his family, the actor pointed out, there are misunderstandings and communication problems like in any other. Y The fact of working with his daughter seemed quite complicated like to also get behind the camera.
At first “Flag Day” was going to be made by the Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, with whom Penn already worked on “21 grams” (“21 grams”, 2003) and whom he considers “one of the best directors” there is, but he was involved in another project and left it.
“My last attempt not to do so was when I sent the script to Matt Damon, which was generous enough to tell me I’d be stupid if I didn’t, “Penn said.
And finally he decided to accept the double job in a film that was filmed just before the pandemic, during which the actor and director dedicated himself to launch points to test for covid with the aid organization CORE that he founded in 2010 after the earthquake that struck Haiti.
“We live in a time when the price paid for humanity is enormous, many people do not show any empathy (…) we have our own nature, defects … we have seen it for a year and a half, and we run the risk of continuing like this, “he reflected.
Calls the Trump Administration “Obscene”
He also referred to the work of former US President Donald Trump, an administration that was “obscene and unacceptable.”
There was a lot of “false information, half-truths and insults.” “When we went to test and administer vaccines with my team, in the Trump era, we heard reports in the media that were completely unacceptable.”
It was like “there was someone with a machine gun shooting at people from the White House.”
“There was no integrity effort on the part of the government (in regards to purchasing vaccines) until Trump came out.” And after Joe Biden’s victory, “We have the impression that the sun is rising.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.