Sean Penn is not entirely flattered by the controversy surrounding his first book. He feels that the society is robbing fiction stories of their thrill when it looks at them as personal opinions. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff caused a stir months before it was released. Its discussions on Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement were taken out of context according to the former actor.
He uses a satirical tone to tell the story of a disillusioned middle-aged man. Bob Honey takes part in numerous odd jobs including using a mallet to assassinate some old characters. He is the main protagonist and takes center stage from start to finish.
When asked about the source of inspiration for Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, he mentioned his experience behind the screen as an essential factor. The state of the nation also had a slight influence in a few chapters. Sean Penn shrugged off comparisons with other authors insisting that every writer seeks to express their thoughts based on their viewpoint.
Sean Penn had initially released Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff as an audiobook in 2016 but later chose to publish it. The 57-year-old was not worried about the reception his novel would get. He attributes this to the fact that he is quite advanced in age and is not afraid of making mistakes at this point in life.
This was not the first time he was writing a novel. His commitments had come in the way of his previous attempts. Sean Penn insists that he tried to paint a picture of the nation’s culture which he believes has very little to smile about. A lot of reviews think that he had the leadership of the country in mind especially when he talks about a landlord at the tail end of the book. Bob had penned a letter to the landlord to voice his grievances on a host of issues.
Sean Penn chose to give up acting for writing as the collaborations in the acting scene had lost their hold on him. He enjoys his new trade and believes that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is only a start. He has his eyes set on his legacy. Having excelled in his acting career, he is keen to earn a place among the top novelists.