This spring, Sean Penn released his anticipated book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and he sat down with Trevor Noah of the Daily Show, and Vogue Magazine, and talked about how is taking a break from acting to work on this piece. Penn told Noah that his book is meant to address “the dark side of human nature” and how easily humans can enthralled with fascism. The story is somewhat absurdist, lacking a traditional plot, but it seems to reflect Penn’s views of the current state of the world. The book is about Bob, an angry American, who goes on mallet wielding murder sprees, in which he kills older Americans that he feels are standing in the way of progress.
In Vogue, Penn talks about how he feels the book runs on a parallel plane alongside the #METOO movement, and this seems fitting, as the story goes through several events that have recently occurred in America.
At one point Bob witnesses the 2016 Presidential Election, at another he even writes an angry letter to the president of the U.S., telling him that he is unfit to run the country. The similarities are hard to miss. Penn tells Noah that Bob is supposed to resemble the idea that many citizens want to serve their countries, but not only lack the direction, but also the purpose. This is the reason to why Bob goes on these murder sprees in the name of helping “progress.”
Along with discussing the movie, Penn goes into detail about his past experiences that could have inspired him to write it. He goes into detail about his anger at Trump’s racist comments about Haiti. He also goes into his relationship with Hugo Chavez, and his feelings that Maduro needs to be replaced. Penn ends by critiquing the war on drugs, and saying that talking to el Chapo was important in understanding the adverse effects of the conflict. In general, it seems that Penn found a median for his views in the form of baby boomer Bob Honey!