Sean Penn is an amazing actor who has acted in a few fantastic films. He’s 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’s also been in television 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 enjoys You, which was an award winning play film. Back in the day (1985), Sean Penn was just another actor trying to find his way in the market, but his role in this film 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 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 woman who will change his life. The movie then chronicles his progress meeting different women over the next few months before he finally meets Santa Monica.
Another of Sean Penn’s films 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 dwelling. When she’s finally adopted by a wealthy Spanish couple, she is taken under the care of a dog trainer named Mariana. While there she’s trained to be the perfect pet, given the chance to be with her new family. As the movie progresses, she gradually falls in love with her new owner, who are the star of this show, and the film ends with her adopting her own son.
The lesser known but equally fantastic Sean Penn film that’s worthy of a mention is The Game. Starring as a played-up version of himself, Sean plays David Kleinfeld, a man who was formerly incarcerated on weapons charges. Then he returns to California to try and get a job in a drugstore. The first impression he makes on the supervisor is that he’s got 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.
One other 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 movie centers on how his family is dealing with his apparently unfinished death. After some soul searching, the family finds the curse wasn’t intended to kill him, but to frighten him, which causes him to leave town and go on a cross-country trip with his dog.
Another underrated drama film that starred Sean Penn is Mystic River. 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 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.
Obviously, one of the most significant Sean Penn films 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 support of an eye doctor played by Christian Bale. Another fantastic film that starred Sean Penn involves the Mexican film named Granada. This film revolves around a young woman (Sandra Oh), who is kidnapped by a drug lord during a botched robbery.
He has picked up Academy awards for films that most people overlook, such as Dead Man Walking and Mystic River. He has also been nominated three times for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his roles in Good Bye, Miami and Edward Scissorhands. No wonder why people are still prepared to pay to watch his movies today!