First Look: Sean Penn Heads into Action in First 'The Gunman' Photo
What the? Who is this? I can't tell if that's Arnold or Sly or Brody or Butler underneath that grime and sweat and those muscles. Nah, I'm kidding, this just doesn't look like the usual Sean Penn we've come to expect. Then again the same could be said about Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. Anyway, over on USA Today they've debuted the first look at a photo from The Gunman, a new action movie starring Penn. "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." So it's not really action. But he is carrying a gun. Check it.
Here's the first photo of Penn in Pierre Morel's The Gunman, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's spy novel:
"I've been telling Sean to make a movie like this for years,” producer Joel Silver tells USA Today, "Sean just thought it was time." Penn adds: "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." The cast includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and British stage actor Mark Rylance. Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's The Prone Gunman novel and directed by Pierre Morel (District B13, Taken, From Paris with Love). Penn stars as Martin Terrier, a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor who works peacefully for a non-government organization in the Congo. But Terrier gets drawn back into his violent past. Set for 2014.