Sean Penn is an awesome actor who has acted in some fantastic films. Some of the finest roles include Mystic River, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way, The Game, and Dead Man Walking. He’s also had some lesser known characters like Rebel Without a Cause, Man on the Moon, The Damned United, and Confessions of an Unwed Mother. Besides all of these he’s also been in television shows like 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 film No One enjoys You, which was an award winning drama film. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another celebrity trying to find 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 due to a run-in with a cop. After getting beat up by the police, he ends up in a counselor’s office, where a psychic predicts that he’ll meet a woman 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 dwelling. When she’s finally adopted by a wealthy 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 opportunity to be with her new family. As the film progresses, she slowly falls in love with her new owner, who happen to be the star of this series, and the film ends with her adopting her own son.
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 get work in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the manager is that he has a gun, then he begins 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. Sean Penn also returns to his well-established best, which includes 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 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’s killed him. The best bit of the film centers around how his family is coping with his seemingly unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family discovers the curse wasn’t 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. 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 artifacts and paintings, which help them solve the mystery of the skull that is 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.
Of course, among the most significant Sean Penn films would have to be Dead Man Walking. Years later, the victim’s family must find the individual responsible for his passing, while he continues to roam the world with the support 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’s kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
In conclusion, Sean Penn has had an unbelievable career. He’s picked up Academy awards for films that most people overlook, like Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. He has also been nominated three times for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his roles in Great Britain, Miami and Edward Scissorhands. No wonder why people are still prepared to pay to watch his movies now!