Sean Penn chats with a friend while shopping in Malibu… after he refused to finish work on his show Gaslit until all crew members are vaccinated
He announced earlier that he wouldn’t be returning to finish filming his Starz limited series Gaslit until every crew member had been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
And Sean Penn was spotted out during his newfound downtime when he dropped by a CVS pharmacy in Malibu on Friday to do some quick shopping.
The 60-year-old two-time Oscar winner was seen stopping to chat with a friend before heading away in his truck.
Catching up: Sean Penn, 60, was spotted out in Malibu on Friday as he shopped at a CVS pharmacy and ran into a friend that he stopped to chat with
Sean looked totally relaxed in a pale blue denim shirt that he wore untucked and with the top few buttons undone.
He contrasted it with a weathered set of khaki cargo shorts and brown flip flops.
After catching up, he hopped into his vehicle, which had a sign on the driver’s door for Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), which has supplied necessary supplies to fight Covid-19 since last year.
The non-profit was originally founded by Penn in 2010 in response to the massive Haitian earthquake, but it changed is name and expanded its focus starting in 2019.
Starting in 2020, CORE began setting up coronavirus testing sites, and it has since expanded into distributing Covid-19 vaccines.
Charity work: Penn was seen climbing into his truck afterward, which had a CORE sign for his non-profit organization that helps to provide Covid-19 vaccines and tests
Penn was back in the news on Thursday after he took a stand in favor of coronavirus vaccines on his Watergate-era miniseries Gaslit, which also stars Julia Roberts.
NBCUniversal, which is producing the series, had original required all cast members and all crew in close proximity to them to get vaccinated, but crew members with a less-direct connection to the cast were required to be vaccinated.
But as the more-contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus spreads through Los Angeles and the rest of the community, Penn took a stand and told the production he wouldn’t return to finish his last few weeks on the project until everyone involved with the project has been vaccinated.
However, the Mystic River star was willing to sweeten his deal by offering to pay for all vaccinations via his CORE organization, so it wouldn’t cost the production anything to comply.
According to Deadline, Penn isn’t worried about his own safety, as he’s already vaccinated. Instead, he’s focused on keeping everyone else in the production safe, as it would be easy for an infected person to spread the more-contagious variant in a closed space if they’re not vaccinated.
Taking a stand: The actor announced on Thursday that he wouldn’t return to his Starz miniseries Gaslit until everyone on the production was vaccinated; seen July 11 in Cannes, France
Penn recently returned to the US after visiting the Cannes Film Festival in France to present his newest film Flag Day, which he directed and stars in.
He stars as John Vogel, a petty criminal and forger who tries to go straight after his teenage daughter (played by Dylan Penn, the actor’s real-life daughter) moves in with him.
The film was widely considered a failure after its Cannes premiere and earned a paltry 35 percent rotten rating among critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes.
Several reviews described the movie as ‘heavy-handed’ and ‘melodramatic,’ and Little White Lies‘ Mark Asch wrote witheringly that ‘everyone in this movie is doing career-worst work.’
New movie: He was at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month to premiere his new directorial effort Flag Day, which he and his daughter Dylan Penn star in
Not big fans: The film was panned by critics who savaged its dark and melodramatic tone; seen July 11 with actresses Katheryn Winnick (L) and Dylan Penn (R)