Sean Penn is an awesome actor who has acted in a few fantastic films. Some of the finest roles include Mystic River, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, The Game, and Dead Man Walking. Besides all of these he has also been in television shows such as Duey and Texas Rising, Frasier, The Firm, 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 drama film. 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 with Kevin Dorsey, a young man who ends up living with an abusive family because of 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 few months until he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s movies that is worth mentioning is that the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a dog named Soumaya who ends up at an animal shelter following her family’s eviction from their home. When she’s finally adopted by a rich Spanish couple, she’s taken under the care of a dog trainer named Mariana. While there she is trained to be the perfect pet, given the chance to be with her new family. As the movie progresses, she slowly falls in love with her new owner, who happen to be the star of the series, and the film ends with her adopting her own son.
Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a man who was previously incarcerated on weapons charges. He then returns to California to try to find a job in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the supervisor is that he has a gun, 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, and his friend, Sam. Sean Penn also returns to his well-established best, including winning an Oscar for playing a similar role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Another great Sean Penn film that should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Though 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 because of a mysterious curse that has killed him. The best bit of the movie centers around how his family is coping with his seemingly unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family finds the curse was not intended 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 place. Led by the great Michael Douglas, the friends discover an array of treasures and artifacts, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that’s missing from the site. Although this movie didn’t get an Academy Award nomination for best picture, it did win the Oscar for best director category.
Obviously, among the most important Sean Penn movies would have to be Dead Man Walking. This is a true story of a young man (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 person responsible for his passing, while he continues to roam the world with the help of an eye doctor played by Christian Bale. Another amazing film that starred Sean Penn involves the Mexican movie named Granada. This film revolves around a young girl (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 overlook, such as Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. No wonder why people are still prepared to pay to watch his movies today!