Actor Sean Penn will be debuting his first novel on March 27, called Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff—but he had released an audiobook of the novel in 2016 under the name “Pappy Pariah.” In fact, for a while he was doing an Andy Kaufman-type thing where he was referring to Pariah as a separate person—describing his alter-ego one time as a “sociopath.”
But now it can all be revealed, and this 176-page fictional book will apparently feature thinly-disguised elements ripped from the headlines. There’s a President Trump analogue named “Mr. Landlord” that the main character rails against, including suggesting he needs to be assassinated:
“You are not simply a president of impeachment, you are a man in need of an intervention. We are not simply a people in need of an intervention, we are a nation in need of an assassin. I am God’s squared-away man.”
Just to keep things interesting, Penn ends the novel with an epilogue poem that slams the #MeToo movement:
“Is this a toddlers’ crusade? Reducing rape, slut-shaming and suffrage to reckless child’s play? A platform for accusation impunity? Due process has lost its sheen?”
There’s also a section seemingly based on his notorious interactions with notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo. In fact, based on the way he wrote that Rolling Stone piece on El Chapo, I would imagine the actor has styled himself as a “gonzo” Hunter S. Thompson type—this Bob Honey book just being the next natural step.
All these actors like Penn and Johnny Depp who are so “macho” and pretend they can be like Thompson if they spend enough money—not realizing that Thompson didn’t buy his way into being Thompson, but rather built it brick by brick & got his head slammed in and paid all these dues to become this unique individual with this enduring legacy of work.
Remind me to re-read Thompson and skip this. Life is too short.