Sean Penn: Charlize Theron Convinced Me To Destroy My ‘Cowardly’ Guns
Actor Sean Penn has hinted that South African actress Charlize Theron convinced him to destroy all 65 of his “cowardly” guns. In his Golden Globes speech last Sunday, Penn said he was convinced by “a strong woman from South Africa” to destroy the firearms. Theron has previously revealed that her mother shot and killed her father in self-defense when he was a teenager.
“Considering how liberating of bulls*it and ugliness it would be not only get rid of the guns I have in the continental United States but also to destroy them, Jeff Koons and I had a chat the other day,” he said. “The highest bidder gets every single one of my guns put in the hands of this iconic artist and sculptor…Koons will decommission [and] render inactive all of my cowardly killing machine.” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid $1.4 million for the weapons, outbidding Piers Morgan by $100,000 in the process.
Throughout his career, Penn has been known for his hot temper. He assaulted a photographer on a film set and was sentenced to 60 days in jail in 1987, and has continued to have frequent verbal clashes with the paparazzi in recent years. He has also been banned from Macau after an incident in the ‘80s where he allegedly dangled a man off a high-rise balcony who reportedly broke into his hotel room.