Sean Penn Blasts Steve Bannon as “Hateful, Bloated Punk”
Sean Penn has blasted Steve Bannon as a “hateful bloated punk” in a new interview. The 56-year-old Oscar winner worked with President Donald Trump’s White House Chief Strategist back in 1991, on Penn‘s directorial debut movie The Indian Runner.
Bannon helped to fund and produce the project, and Penn gave a scathing review of his controversial former colleague, dubbing the 63-year-old as a punk. “Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm,” Penn told Death and Taxes magazine. “But, deep in his heart, he’s just a conniving hateful, bloated punk who despises mankind. And then there are also the bad things about him.” Bannon has hit the headlines since he was controversially hired as part of Trump’s White House administration since the former real estate mogul took office in January. He has recently been removed from his position on the National Security Committee, and is reportedly at war with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. After The Indian Runner, Bannon went on to invest in the iconic U.S. comedy show Seinfeld in 1993, which he still profits from as the series runs in syndication. Then, in 2004, he made a Ronald Reagan documentary, In the Face of Evil, and reportedly donated $1 million to finance The Undefeated, a 2011 film about Republican Sarah Palin. George Clooney recently referenced Bannon’s Hollywood past, as well as Trump’s showbiz ties. “Donald Trump has 22 acting credits,” Clooney told the French news outlet Canal+. “He collects $120,000 a year in his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist.” “Steve Bannon is a failed film writer,” he added. “He’s an elitist. That’s the reality.”