Sean Penn has just released his new book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and it is an interesting take on Penn’s views on the state of America. Sitting down in interviews with Vogue Magazine, and then Trevor Noah, Penn said that he has no intention to be in any films, as this book is his need currently. Penn told Noah that the book looks to analyze the “dark side of human nature” and how people can be easily drawn to the ideals of fascism. The book tells the story of Bob Honey, an angry American, who has a side job of killing older citizens with a mallet. Bob feels that these people are standing in the way of progress, and must be stopped.
Penn told Vogue that the story exists on a parallel plane to that of the #METOO movement, and this seems apparent as Bob witnesses numerous current events in the United States. For example, Bob experiences the election of the new president in 2016, and he later even writes an angry letter to the president, telling him that he is not fit to run the country. In the interview with Noah, Penn says that Bob is supposed to be a symbol for many peoples’ desire to serve their country. People have this desire, even if it is misguided and without a cause. This seems to be why Bob goes on these murder sprees in the name of “progress.”
Aside from discussing his book., Penn fills the audience in to some of the recent things he has been involved in and maybe that have inspired his book. He talks about his anger towards Trump’s comments on Haiti. He also brings up his late friend Hugo Chavez, and how he thinks that democracy is not always the best option in other countries. He then critiques the war on drugs, talking of the death toll, and how it was crucial to interview el Chapo to get a better understanding of it. In general, Penn seems to have expressed his disgust for American affairs in a very interesting way.