First Look: Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch in Gus Van Sant's Milk
To be painfully honest, I'm not all that convinced Gus Van Sant is still a great filmmaker. His latest film, Paranoid Park, was quite awful, but maybe it was just one bad experience. How can the guy who directed Good Will Hunting and Finding Forrester lose his abilities that quickly? Anyway, Van Sant's next film is Milk, the story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. It is currently filming in San Francisco on the city's notorious Castro Street, and some scoopers have sent in the first photos of both Sean Penn as Harvey Milk and Emile Hirsch as Cleve Jones.
Milk, which actually could turn out to be a great movie, is a biopic that tells the real-life story of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco Supervisor who became the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office in history. Milk, and Mayor George Moscone, were later assassinated by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White in 1978 when Mayor Moscone would not re-appoint him back into the Board of Supervisors. Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk, Victor Garber plays Mayor George Moscone, Josh Brolin plays Dan White, and Emile Hirsch plays gay activist Cleve Jones. Jones was a friend of Milk and worked as a student intern in his office while studying political science at San Francisco State University.
Thanks to SlashFilm (twice), we have the first photos of Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch on set in San Francisco. You can see Penn as Milk three times: in the first photo point blank, on the poster in the window in the second photo, and standing with his back towards the camera talking to Hirsch in the last photo.
Is it me or do all of these characters so far look rather comical? I'll even go as far as to say Hirsch looks like a clown with that fro and the glasses. I'm wondering if Milk is really Oscar caliber or something else? From what we've seen so far, I'm going to say the latter, but only time will really tell.
Milk is directed by Gus Van Sant, of Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, and Elephant. The script was written by Dustin Lance Black, of The Journey of Jared Price and TV's "Big Love". Milk will be released sometime later this year from Focus Features.