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Sean Penn Discusses Creating Characters For The Stage — And The Page

The actor, director, and activist has turned what was already an audio book into his first novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

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Actor Sean Penn talks about his novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” onstage April 4, 2018.

Actor, director, and activist Sean Penn has a new novel called Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

The darkly humorous satire centers on the life of the title character, a septic tank salesman turned assassin. The novel, Penn’s first, originally existed as an audio book, which he adapted and revised for this latest iteration.

Penn recently spoke on stage in Houston at an event for Brazos Bookstore and World Affairs Council Houston with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse.

In the audio above, Penn talks about about the creative process of writing — and how that compares to acting.



Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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