Sean Penn kicked back in his kitchen in sunny Los Angeles to discuss his new book over the phone. His book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, has been met with mixed reviews. In Penn’s mind, however, the book is a complete work of art and the creative outlet he has been searching for. Penn says that writing books is different from working in the film industry because it is something that can be all his; he doesn’t have to collaborate with others to get the job done. Because the film industry is a “people” business, collaboration is often necessary.
However, Penn says that collaboration could turn your project into something that you never expected it to become, and the result isn’t always positive. Instead of feeling disappointed with the way that his movies would turn out after collaborating with other big names in the industry, Penn decided to go another route. Some celebrities, such as Sarah Silverman, love the book and rave about it. There are always people, however, who are critical and don’t find the book to be great at all. The book’s main protagonist is Bob Honey, a middle-aged divorcee who lives a seemingly boring life as a septic tank salesman. Things aren’t always as they seem, however, and Bob actually lives a double life as a deadly assassin. The audio version of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff was entitled Pappy Pariah, who Penn says is a man he met during a visit to Florida.
Readers have often wondered, however, if Bob Honey and Pappy Pariah are parodies of Sean Penn, himself. The lives of Penn and Bob do bare some striking similarities. For example, the word “pariah” means “outcast” or “outsider.” Could Pappy Pariah be Sean Penn? After all, Penn doesn’t have a relationship with his children and is estranged from them. There are also scenes in the book that relate to real life situations. One scene in particular is in the epilogue of the book when Penn briefly mentions the Las Vegas shootings and North Korea.