Sean Penn has received recognition in numerous areas. His latest notoriety comes from his novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. The main character is a satire written as a part time contract killer for the government named Bob. Sean Penn was pleased with the completion of his novel because it did not require the collaboration of others. He feels whether the book brings disappointment or pride in his accomplishment he has no need to apologize because he is standing on his own. He no longer enjoyed working with other people and felt it was time to take his career in a new direction. The expectations that came with making movies started making him feel as though he had to give in.
Sean Penn does not plan on becoming involved with any acting projects in the near future. He has expressed a possible interest in directing a new movie he is interested in but it is still speculation at this point. He receives more satisfaction from writing than from acting due to his creative process. Sean Penn spoke of the influences present in an acting career. He said these influencers also make comments on numerous authors. He believes influence is the same as excitement caused by the words of the author. He commented about the numerous statements made concerning his novel from people who have not read the book.
Sean Penn wrote his book using the same style prevalent in his career writing screenplays. His thinking is too fast for his capabilities with a laptop so he prefers longhand. He works at night then dictates his efforts to his assistant in the morning. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff has a definite #MeToo aspect. The book can be interpreted as encouragement for any movement with a goal of creating social equality. Sean Penn believes people are no longer concerned with their legacies because they believe they are on the verge of some great epiphany. He said people believe there are subjects certain genders cannot talk about and certain roles must be played by specific types. He summed up this philosophy by saying his book is not about inclusion or an opinion piece.
Sean Penn also used his novel as a means of skewering branding. He believes any brand that is either self assigned or assigned directly is only a representation of the consumer’s perspective. He refuses to be forced into a definition of a brand. He finds this concept both ironic and light.