Sean Penn Talks To A Friend While Shopping In Malibu… After Refusing To Finish Work On His Show Gaslit Until All Crew Members Are Vaccinated
He previously announced that he would not be returning to finish his Starz limited series Gaslit until every crew member had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
And Sean Penn was spotted during his newfound downtime when he stopped by a CVS pharmacy in Malibu on Friday to do some quick grocery shopping.
The 60-year-old two-time Oscar winner was seen stopping to talk to a friend before pulling away in his truck.
Catching up: Sean Penn, 60, was spotted in Malibu on Friday when he was shopping at a CVS dispensary and ran into a friend he stopped to chat with
Sean looked totally relaxed in a light blue denim shirt that he hadn’t tucked in and the top few buttons unbuttoned.
He contrasted it with a distressed set of khaki cargo shorts and brown flip flops.
After being overtaken, he jumped into his vehicle, which had a sign on the driver’s door for Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), which has provided supplies necessary to fight Covid-19 since last year.
The nonprofit was originally founded by Penn in 2010 in response to the massive earthquake in Haiti, but changed its name and expanded its focus from 2019.
From 2020, CORE started setting up coronavirus testing sites and has since expanded to distribute Covid-19 vaccines.
Charity work: Penn was then seen climbing into his truck, which had a CORE sign for his nonprofit that helps provide Covid-19 vaccines and tests
Penn was in the news again Thursday after taking a stance in favor of coronavirus vaccines in his Watergate-era miniseries Gaslit, which also stars Julia Roberts.
NBCUniversal, which produces the series, originally required all cast members and crew members close to them to be vaccinated, but crew members with a less direct connection to the cast had to be vaccinated.
But as the more contagious Delta strain of the new coronavirus spreads through Los Angeles and the rest of the community, Penn took a stand, telling production he wouldn’t be returning to finish his last few weeks on the project until everyone involved in the project has been vaccinated.
However, the Mystic River star was willing to reconcile his deal by offering to pay for all vaccinations through his CORE organization so that it would cost production nothing to comply.
According to Deadline“Penn is not concerned about his own safety as he has already been vaccinated. Instead, he focuses on keeping everyone else safe in production, as it would be easy for an infected person to spread the more contagious variety in a confined space if they are not vaccinated.
Taking a Stand: The actor announced Thursday that he would not be returning to his Starz miniseries Gaslit until everyone in the production was vaccinated; seen on July 11 in Cannes, France
Penn recently returned to the US after visiting the Cannes Film Festival in France to present his latest film, Flag Day, which he directed and stars in.
He stars as John Vogel, a petty criminal and forger who tries to move in with him right after his teenage daughter (played by Dylan Penn, the actor’s real-life daughter).
The film was widely regarded as a failure after its Cannes premiere, receiving a paltry 35 percent rotten rating among critics polled by Rotten tomatoes.
Several reviews described the film as “heavy-handed” and “melodramatic,” and Little white liesMark Asch scathingly wrote that ‘everyone in this film is doing their career-worst work’.
New Movie: He was at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month to premiere his new directorial effort Flag Day, starring he and his daughter Dylan Penn
Not big fans: The film was panned by critics who tore up its dark and melodramatic tone; seen July 11 with actresses Katheryn Winnick (L) and Dylan Penn (R)