It’s Okay. Sean Penn Didn’t Get Tree Of Life Either


Now you can stop pretending you understood it when people bring it up at parties: Sean Penn’s Tree Of Life role was as confusing to him as it was to…any other person watching the movie. “I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read,” Penn told the French paper Le Figaro Sunday. “A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact.” Sean might disagree with this on this one, but a few more random shots of dinosaurs couldn’t have hurt either, in our opinion.

Co-starring Brad Pitt, Tree of Life was met with very mixed reviews. “Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context!” Penn explained, before throwing the film’s director Terrence Malick under the bus: “What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.” Terry! Something tells us Malick’s next movie is going to have a much more clear role for Penn, as a compelling, artfully-directed lunch for all those extra dinosaurs.

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