Sean Penn on working with Steve Bannon, the ‘Hollywood wannabe’

Back in 1991, Sean Penn worked on his directorial debut “The Indian Runner” with an executive producer named Steve Bannon, a 38-year-old Goldman Sachs alum who had just begun his latest enterprise of bankrolling Hollywood movies. As far as we know, Penn’s never publicly commented on his time with the future White House chief strategist.

After news broke this week of Bannon’s ousting from the National Security Council, Death and Taxes reached out to Penn to find out just what, if any, impression Bannon had left on him almost three decades ago. Was the white nationalist as much of a piece of shit back in the day as he is now? The “Mystic River” star’s answer likely won’t surprise you, but it’s wonderful to read nonetheless:

Bannon was then, as he is now, simply another bitter Hollywood wannabe who went rogue by way of toxic narcissistic iconoclasm. 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 nabbed his first executive producer credit on “The Indian Runner” before investing in NBC’s “Seinfeld” and funding a series of agitprop documentaries for political ideologues. Friday morning, White House sources spoke to Axios about the escalated infighting between Bannon and Jared Kushner, and whether the president may give Bannon the boot altogether: “The tension, the exhaustion, the raw nerves have gotten much harder to disguise.”

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