In 1991, Sean Penn made his directorial debut with The Indian Runner, about a Vietnam veteran. And the executive producer of this film? Steve Bannon. Over the weekend, the entertainment site death and taxes spoke to Penn about his experience working with Bannon. Penn, with his usual bluntness, ripped right into the new advisor to President Trump:
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…
Even as a producer, Bannon was terrible. Despite mostly good reviews and a small budget, the movie still lost over 8 million dollars. Bannon then went on to produce (and make millions on) Seinfeld—which, given his attitudes today, seems like a storyline that only Seinfeld could make up.
Though Penn is blunt, he’s not wrong—especially about Bannon being “a conniving hateful bloated punk.” After all, right after Trump won the election, he told the Hollywood Reporter, “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.” And this, according to Penn, was one of his better qualities.