Sean Penn is an amazing actor who has acted in a few amazing films. Some of the finest roles include Mystic River, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, The Game, and Dead Man Walking. He has also had some lesser known roles such as Rebel Without a Cause, Man on the Moon, The Damned United, and Confessions of an Unwed Mother. In addition to all of these he has also been in tv shows such as Duey and Texas Rising, Frasier, The Business, Living the Dream, Miami Beach, and Justified, which he stars in alongside fellow Hollywood greats like Goldie Hawn, Marilu Henner, and Cuba Gooden.
Sean Penn’s first film debut was the 1985 movie No One likes You, which was an award winning play movie. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor searching for his way in the market, but his role in this movie became one of his most memorable performances. In this film he plays Kevin Dorsey, a young man who ends up living with an abusive family due to a run-in with a cop. After getting beat up by the police, he ends up at a counselor’s office, where a psychic predicts that he’ll meet a girl who will change his life. The film then chronicles his progress meeting different women over the next several months before he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s films that is worth mentioning is the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a dog named Soumaya who ends up at an animal shelter after her family’s eviction from their home. When she is finally adopted by a wealthy Spanish couple, she’s taken under the care of a dog trainer called Mariana. While there she is trained to be the ideal pet, given the opportunity to be with her new family. As the movie progresses, she gradually falls in love with her new owner, who are the star of the series, and the film ends with her adopting her own son.
The lesser known but equally fantastic Sean Penn movie that is worthy of a mention is The Game. Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a guy who was previously incarcerated on weapons charges. He then returns to California to try and find a job in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the manager is that he has a gun, and then he starts to get into trouble with his ex-girlfriend who also works there. This is a tale of greed run amok, with the colorful addition of a small love triangle between the ex-girlfriend, David, along with his friend, Sam.
Another great Sean Penn film which should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Although based on true events, the film focuses on the story of a young man (Mark Mcendale) who ends up walking around the graveyard for many years due to a mysterious curse that’s killed him. The best bit of this movie centers around how his family is dealing with his seemingly unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family finds the curse was not meant to kill him, but to scare him, which causes him to leave town and go on a cross-country trip with his dog.
One other underrated drama film that starred Sean Penn is Mystic River. This film focuses on a group of friends that end up in an ancient Indian burial location. Led by the great Michael Douglas, the friends discover an array of artifacts and paintings, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that’s missing from the site.
Obviously, among the most important Sean Penn movies would have to be Dead Man Walking. This is a true story of a young guy (acterium) who walks into a bar and ends up dying in the parking lot after being shot in the head. Years later, the victim’s family must find the individual responsible for his passing, while he continues to roam the world with the help of an eye doctor played by Christian Bale. Another fantastic film that starred Sean Penn involves the Mexican film named Granada. This movie revolves around a young woman (Sandra Oh), who is kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
In conclusion, Sean Penn has had an incredible career. He’s picked up Academy awards for films that most people forget, such as Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. No wonder why people are still willing to pay to watch his films today!