Sean Penn Slams Private Gun Ownership In 2013, Stars In ‘The Gunman’ In 2015

The Gunman/Open Road
The Gunman/Open Road

In January 2013, Sean Penn criticized personal firearms as “cowardly killing machines” and sold all his guns in order that they might be rendered inoperable. In 2015 he is starring in The Gunman, a soon-to-released film by the makers of the Taken series, and one in which Penn relies on guns to save himself and his love interest.

In 2013 Breitbart News reported that Penn announced: “The highest bidder gets every single one of my guns put in the hands of…iconic artist and sculptor…[Jeff Koons].” He said Koons would “decommission [and] render inactive all [his] cowardly killing machines.” He emphasized not simply getting rid of his guns but “[destroying] them.”

But if the trailer for Penn’s new film is any indicator, The Gunman is a violent shoot ’em up that is 180 degrees from the peace and love Penn espoused when he said getting rid of guns would liberate him from “bullsh*t and ugliness.”

The Gunman opens on March 20 and has not yet been rated.

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