His Life and Times
By (author) Richard T. Kelly
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Sean Penn by Richard T. Kelly
Book Description'It's hard to be a legend in these times. And I think Sean deserves to be a legend, you know?' Anjelica Huston An authorised biography composed as oral history, Sean Penn offers a fascinating, funny, and defining portrait of the actor and activist hailed by Time magazine as 'a worthy heir to Brando and Dean'. Sean Penn has always demanded public attention, whether he wished it or not. Long considered the finest American screen actor of his generation, he has never courted Hollywood's approval, or wasted a minute being anything but his own man. His 2004 Oscar(r) win as Best Actor for Clint Eastwood's Mystic River capped a remarkable eighteen months for Penn: once he made newspaper headlines with his fists, yet in December 2002 he returned to the front-pages as a result of an extraordinary mission to Iraq made amid the countdown to 'Operation Shock and Awe'. Already, Penn's has been a most mercurial American life. Passionate and fiercely committed, his early performances in films as disparate as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Falcon and the Snowman marked him out for greatness; until a tumultuous marriage to Madonna turned his life into tabloid fodder, even landing him in jail. But Penn was made of sterner stuff, and re-forged his life: as a husband and father, occasional hell-raiser, writer/director - and reluctant actor, capable still of breathtaking work (Carlito's Way, Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, 21 Grams.) In the process he also found his political voice, inspired by the example of his father Leo - a decorated World War II veteran whose own acting career was unjustly curtailed in Hollywood's infamous 'blacklist' era. Sean Penn draws upon two hundred hours of exclusive interviews, both with the famously press-wary Penn and his closest friends, family and colleagues (including Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Bono, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright Penn and many more). Packed with rambunctious tales and rare insights, it is a richly detailed likeness of an uncompromising artist, and the strange times in which he has made his name.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571215485
(241mm x 164mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Crusaders, Paperback (July 2008)
In 1996, just before the rise of New Labour, Reverend Gore returns to his native Newcastle charged with planting a new church in one of the city's rougher estates. As he settles into the local community, he becomes involved with Stevie, a local 'security consultant', Lindy, a street-wise single mother, and Martin, an ambitious local Labour MP.
Ten Bad Dates with de Niro, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by Richard T. Kelly
Is Richard E Grant's 'Withnail' a far superior screen drunk to Jimmy Stewart in Harvey? What is the cinema's most tragic farewell, its most ingenious plot-twist, its most shocking murder? All film fans keep mental records of their post-show arguments in the pub. This book is a collection of such 'Top Tens'.
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Author Biography - Richard T. Kelly
Richard T Kelly is the author of the novels Crusaders (2008) and The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011). Eclipse, his first script for television, aired on Channel 4 in 2010. He has written several studies of filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000), and the authorized biography Sean Penn: His Life & Times (2004). In 2007 he edited Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Film Lists. He blogs at http://richard-t-kelly.blogspot.com.
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