Of the mediocre actors, we recall filmographies, titles and years, prizes and statements, of the genial interpreters on the other hand, we memorize unconsciously special moments, furtive gestures in screen that only we believe to have seen, very concrete flashes whose force survives filtered in our soul of spectator.
Little knew I about the filmography they to Be Penn before facing me to this article, but nevertheless I believe to know him as to a brother by to have accompanied in those sparkles that nest in some of its movies, like the one that comes me now to the mind, the look of the almost childlike horror when Jimmy Markum receives the news of the death of its daughter Katie in “Mystic River”.
Entering a movie theater and to leave life and feelings in the hands of a personage possessed by Being Penn signifies to cross limits that perhaps do not want to cross, to face you to problems of the ones that would want to flee, to cross the capsizing of a mind crushed by questioning as daggers, in a line that grazes, at the same time, the two most far away extremes than separate the good judgment of the insanity.
What I expect they to Be Penn nowadays, when counts already with some 50 years, is an actor that the hide be played with and by its role. I want that if laughs, its happiness moved me as a flash and then I also sits down me well, and that if cries be I the to be unhappier of the Land. I do not want to analyze it, neither to think about his filmography, or such or which prize; to they Be Penn, by the price of my ticket, I require that, yes he wants, he win piles of money and he hit paparazzi, but that in his movies personify that human Being simple and authentic, that incredibly seems to be far from the reach of the majority of current actors.
The Penn are a family of founded film tradition. The father they to Be, I Read, was director, the mother Eileen Ryan actress, his brother Michael also directs, and Chris Penn (dead in 2006), the third brother, is the potbellied and prompt supporting actor that all we know.
Be he passed his infancy in Holy Mónica, California, in a neighboring house of that of Charlie Sheen. He will study interpretation in the Group Repertory Theater of The Angels and he will be transferred to New York to debut in Broadway with the work “Heartland”.
He lands in the television sets in 1981 with the TV movie “The killing of Randy Webster”, and he debuts in movies with “Taps” (1981, Harold Becker).
Already in his first movies part of the criticism he knew to codify an image of Penn very far away of the common actors, he was seen that had character. Paradoxically, in 1982 he breaks the ticket windows with the film teen “Aquel stimulating course”, of Amy Heckerling, a commercial move that will not repeat again in the future.
The fame badly digested, the collisions with the press (done cameras bits, aggressions and insults to photographers and interviewers) and the rumor on its emotional instability in the home they exploit excessively when they Be marries with Madonna that, in those years, was the largest star of the pop music. Together they star in a history of love of the one that everyone spoke and lucubrated in its moment. The couple seals its union with the movie “Shanghai surprise”, ochentero embolado of adventures of the one that Penn should not be felt very proud.
The marriage with Madonna hard only four years, of the ones that Penn passes a month in the jail and six of services to the community by taking it with a journalist.
From then, its career enters an ascending one of films of quality. In 1988 “Colors”, with Richard Dreyfuss, to the following year the military one “Corazones of iron”, directed by Brian of Palm, a comedy the same season with Robert of Niro, “No we are angels”, and already in 1991, its first one attacked to the direction with the title “Extraño link of blood”, starred in by Vigo Mortensen (”El Mister of the Rings”), that Penn bases on the pretty history among brothers that relates the song of Bruce Springsteen “Higway Patrolman”. Its subsequent projects in the direction will be “Cruzando the darkness”, (1995) with Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston and “El oath”, of the 2001, besides various clips for people as unlike as Jewell and Peter Gabriel.
1995, important moment for the actor with “Pena of death”, exciting summing-up against the death penalty panfletado hand by hand by the most notorious politically correct community of Hollywood, Tim Robbins in the direction and their woman Susan Sarandon and the own one they Be Penn like the protagonists.
Never it was for Penn difficult to loosen against the hypocrisy of politicians and other circles of the power, of their non-conformism they have sprouted polemics statements after the attacks of September 11, 2001 or in a more practical side, their participation in the collective film on the unhappy one diada of that 2001, “9´11´´01″.
In 1996 contracts marriage with the guapísima Robin Wright, with the one that appears in “Atrapada between two men”, under the direction of the son of John Cassavetes, Nick.
In the last times, Penn seeks and finds roles of extreme complexity, unstable characters, definite beings by its radical singularity and impotence before the very hard swayings of the company. In “Giro to the hell” (1997), the actor exhales a visceral insanity from some events that change its life and before which nothing can do, in a strange town of the America deep, where its psychological alteration goes jelling during all the film, before the wall-eyed camera of Oliver Stone.
“Acordes and disagreements” (1999, Woody Allen) a famous and complex guitarist of the thirties obsessed shows us by Django Reindhart, and finally in the 2003 we enjoy two of its better creations, that of Jimmy Markum in “Mystic River”, of Clint Eastwood, that is worth the Oscar the best actor, and the brutal one Paul Rivers of “21 grams”, of Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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