Sean Penn is an awesome actor who has acted in a few fantastic films. In addition to all of these he’s also been in tv shows like 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 play film. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor searching for his way in the industry, but his role in this film 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 several months until he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s movies that’s worth mentioning is the equally fantastic Papillon. This is a true story of a dog named Soumaya who ends up in 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 slowly falls in love with her new owner, who are the star of this series, and the film ends with her embracing her own son.
Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a man who was formerly incarcerated on weapons charges. He then returns to California to try and get a job in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the manager 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, along with his friend, Sam.
One other great Sean Penn film which should really be mentioned is Dead Man Walking. Though based on true events, the movie 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 has killed him. The best bit of this film centers around how his family is coping with his apparently unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family finds the curse was not meant to kill him, but to frighten 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. Directed by the great Michael Douglas, the friends discover a range of treasures and artifacts, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that is missing from the website. Although this movie didn’t receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, it did win the Oscar for best director category.
Of course, one of the most important Sean Penn films would have to be Dead Man Walking. 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 called Granada. This film revolves around a young girl (Sandra Oh), who is kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
He’s picked up Academy Awards for movies 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!