Sean Penn is such a fu*kin’ bada*s!!! When he’s not kicking paparazzi a*ses, he’s over in Haiti helping survivors of the earthquake disaster — and he even has the balls to wish rectal cancer on anybody who might have a problem with it. Pop the hood for his exact words and context.
Does it make you angry when people talk about, you know, ‘Sean Penn, the Hollywood star, the movie star, coming in and trying to do something,’ and they’re kind of cynical about it?
SEAN PENN: No.
Do you hate that question?
PENN: No. I guess I’ve been so away from it all, [in] our tent camp in Haiti, that I haven’t had an awful lot of time to pay attention to them. You know, do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah, you know, but I’m not going to spend a lot of energy on it.
Penn recently returned to Haiti with his 16-year-old son, Hopper Jack, and 18-year-old daughter, Dylan.
Why are you taking your children there?
“I think that they’ve had the experience, as I have, that the first person served by service is the server,” Penn said. “You know, there’s nobody in the world that isn’t looking for a kind of purpose in life, and tangible purpose is the most immediately recognizable.”
He also said Americans should be really proud about the United States’ relief efforts in Haiti: “And pride is an obligation to avoid shame later.”
In the interview Penn also discusses the more than $1 million in aid provided to Haiti, which began with the help of his friend, businesswoman Diana Jenkins.
“I just ran into her at a cocktail party and said what I was intending to do,” he said. “And so she decided to support it.”
“Yeah. So, we were able to just say ‘Yes, yes, yes’ on things. We were able to get X-ray machines and ventilators, and do all kinds of things. . . . I was just able to make decisions and bring things in.”
How did you take the money in? Suitcases of cash?
“We took a lot of cash in, yeah, into the country,” he said.
Literally, what did you put it in? Carry it in backpacks?
That’s amazing. So, there you are wandering the earthquake zone in Haiti with backpacks of cash?
“We don’t do that anymore!” he said.” We now have a bank account, so no one comes up for cash on the ground in Haiti.”
How much of it has been your money?
“Enough that I’d better get a job soon,” he laughed. ”
You’ve got to admit it’s pretty damn ballsy to walk around the streets of Haiti with that kind of cash. Also — how amazing the actually got up and went over to give relief, while most people in his position wouldn’t budge from the comfort of their homes to do more than send a donation?
The full interview with Sean Penn will air on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” Sunday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. You can also catch him as a presenter for this year’s Academy Awards Sunday night (he won the Best Actor Oscar last year).