by Gary Johnson
Throughout his career, Sean Penn has been attracted to characters who get hung up in the pursuit of sensation. In one of his first roles, he played the dope-headed student in Fast Times at Ridgemont High who orders a pizza to be delivered while a high school class is still in progress. In Falcon and the Snowman, he played a drug dealer who indulges freely in his own goods while also selling government secrets to the Russians. In Casualties of War, he played a solider who, during the pressures of battle, succumbs to the basest of desires and rapes and murders a woman. Penn certainly isn't interested in playing heroes.
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