When Sean Penn announced his debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, it was a complete switch from his famed actor, director, writer, and producer works in numerous film and theater productions. He is a two-time Oscars winner and an Academy Awards winner several times who has interviewed countless anti-American personalities and controversial figures among them Mexican drug lord El Chapo, Cuba president Raul Castro, and Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. Some of his this interviews did not go well with the American administration.
The story in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a funny and dystopian painting of salesman who has a side job as a contract killer hired by the United States government. The book is riddled with “enigma and cloaked in craziness” as described by the New York Times. When Sean Penn was asked about his feeling of having a complete book as opposed to a film or screenplay, he responded by saying that he does not know whether to walk away proud or disappointed at it.
He said the he wrote Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff out of the need to own the project entirely and a book was the only form that would have the story come out more clearly. The book is a reflection of how he was fed up with specific personalities and expectations. He said life at Hollywood was no longer challenging and the creativity was self-censoring instead of allowing for personal creativity.
Penn also used Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff to take a dig at the current situation on American politics. The book’s background is based on an entrepreneur painted like a landlord figure who has emerged in modern day America and has now become an assassin. This does not go well with Penn who recognizes the need to become free out of this.
In Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, the author tries to shed some light on what he thinks is wrong with present-day America. Sean Penn has been deeply angered by “shithole” comments by the White House. In the plot, Bob threatens the president (landlord) saying he needs impeachment as well as intervention.
The book seems to allude to Sean Penn’s personal life, and like El Chapo, he is 50+ years. Moreover, he has connections with notable people in the America military complex, drug kingpins, such as El Chapo among others in South America, and warlords in the Middle East.
The murky plot of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is reminiscent of the happenings in contemporary America. By the use of comedy and satire, the book explains Bob’s humanitarian efforts following Hurricane Katrina, and his expeditions in Baghdad during the Gulf War. Could Bob be Sean Penn? The question has no answer as Sean Penn clearly says the book is not an opinion.