Character ‘Assassination’

Penn turns from 'Nixon' to Bush

After Wednesday’s Variety screening of “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” Sean Penn disclosed that he drew inspiration from a seemingly unlikely source for his latest emotionally disturbed character — the current president.

“We are all studying a particular criminal mind every night on television — you see him talking to us,” Penn said at the ArcLight.

The activist thesp took another swipe at the president when asked how, given his clout, he could relate to the powerless character he portrayed in the film.

“If I had the kind of power that I would like to have you can bet that we wouldn’t have our current president,” Penn said. “If you stand 10 feet or if you stand five feet, the tidal wave is still going to knock you down and we can all relate to the frustration of the tidal wave.”

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