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CNN Sean Penn has starred in an array of films, but we’ve yet to see him as a full-blown action star.
It’s great to see Sean Penn tackle an action film. After so many great performances in straight-forward dramas, it’s refreshing to see him as action-star. He doesn’t look too bad in the role either. Check out the first look at Sean Penn in the actioner below.
The film is based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and was adapted by Pete Travis (who directed Dredd and Vantage Point.)
Directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), the story revolves around Jim Terrier (Penn), a hitman who had planned to get out of the game and escape with his love (Jasmine Trinca), but is unable to when his company betrays him. He’s sent on a European-spanning journey filled with a whole lot of bloody deaths.
While this sounds like a very action-focused film, Sean Penn says it’s much more complex than that. Check out what he had to say about the genre below.
“Here’s the funny thing, calling it an ‘action film’ is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn’t tell the story of what she is at all.
I don’t separate this in my mind from anything else I have done. It’s a very human story that deals with the same things exploited in action films, like warfare.”
Sean Penn hasn’t revealed much of what he did to prepare for the role other than “diet and exercise,” but he did attend a special military training camp in Arizona and handles many of the stunts in the film himself.
Take a look at the first image that has been released of Sean Penn in the action-thriller The Gunman.This film has an extremely strong supporting cast which includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone also star.
Sean Penn stars as Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. He doesn’t look too bad in the role either.
This all seems pretty promising.
Feb 7, 2015 @ 17:14