Sean Penn has always been a reclusive but politically vocal actor, and this March he released his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” He sat down with Trevor Noah and Vogue Magazine to discuss the book, and it is a very interesting satirical look on the current issues in the United States. Noah described the book as hard to define, but there seems to be some levels of critique on the United States within the pages. Penn told Noah that the book looks into the “dark side of human nature” in which humans can be drawn to the dark reaches of democracy and involvement in society. The book is about Bob Honey, the definition of an angry American. However, Bob has a unique side job, he kills senior citizens with a mallet. Bob feels that this is necessary to further progress.
Penn told Vogue that he feels this book runs on a similar plane to the #METOO movement, and it seems clear that he is onto something. Bob witnesses the election of the new president in 2016, he also hears of the murders of the police officers in Dallas, and he even later writes an angry letter to the president of the United States. It seems that Bob is a symbolic witness of many of the big events that have recently happened in America. Penn told Noah that Bob is supposed to resemble the desire many people have to serve their country, even if they lack a purpose or direction in doing so. Bob seems to feel that he is serving his country by going on these “sprees” for the sake of progress.
Aside from discussing the book, Penn talks about where his life has been in the last couple years, though he does tell Vogue that he has no intention of acting at the moment. Penn talks of his disgust with Trump’s comments on Haiti. He also talks of his friendship with the late Hugo Chavez, and even his interview with el Chapo. Penn seems to have found a unique way to critique the U.S.