Interviewed by Esquire, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn criticized his fellow actors for being more interested in making money than art. Penn, who mostly avoids starring in commercially oriented movies, also criticized Hollywood’s reluctance to invest in less financially viable projects.
When comparing Hollywood’s current state with the 70s era of the movie business, he said, “When I was growing up and somebody like Robert De Niro had a movie come out, it was a cultural event. Because he had such a confidence and a single mission that was so intimate. But when people start using themselves as instruments of a kind of consumerist mosh pit, they’re helping that take over. I mean, you are a soldier for it or you’re a soldier against it. That’s all there is to it. And we have so little of that intimacy left, it’s no wonder that interpersonal relationships have become text relationships. It’s a texting orgy. When is somebody gonna sit there, with their mate or their child, and just look them in the eye and say, ‘I love you’? When is that life?”
[via The Guardian]