Sean Penn has always been a reclusive, yet opinionated actor, and this spring he has released his book “”Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. Sitting down for interviews with Rolling stone and NYT, Penn says that the book is meant to talk about the “dark nature of humans” and how humans are always drawn to fascist tendencies. In an interview on the Daily Show, Noah tells Penn that he cannot truly describe the book, but he feels there is a strange connection between its absurd topics and the current state of American affairs. The book is about Bob Honey, an angry American, who has a side job of wielding a mallet, and killing older citizens. He does so because he feels that these people are standing in the way of progress.
Though the book has no formal plot structure, and seems absurd at times, there seems to be something Bob has to say about American culture. Bob not only witnesses the American Presidential elections in 2016, but he also writes an angry letter to the then president elect. He says that the president is not meant for office. Penn says in the interview with Noah, that Bob is meant to represent the idea that some people want to serve their country, and without direction or cause, they serve it in weird ways. This may show why Bob justifies killing people for “progress.” The idea may be far fetched, but it seems that Penn is relaying his anger towards the growth of nationalist tendencies within America.
Aside from discussing the book, Penn tells Vogue that he has no intention to act because he is working on this, and feels the sentiment it has created is on a similar idea and momentum to the #METOO movement. Penn also tells Noah about the inspirations of the book. He discusses his anger at Trump’s rhetoric towards Haiti after the disasters. He also mentions his relationships with Hugo Chavez, when talking about his disgust with what American foreign policy has done. It seems Penn has truly expressed his anger with the current American.