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Sean Penn Intends To Stay In Haiti!

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We cannot commend him enough for his tireless commitment to aiding so many people in need!

Ever since last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, celebrities such as director Paul Haggis, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, and countless others have completely immersed themselves firsthand in the struggle to rebuild the broken country.

Sean Penn, however, seems to have gone above and beyond, and a year later, admits that he has no plans to leave the country.

In fact, when he's not working, he will live in Haiti permanently - as the camp manager for 55,000 displaced residents!

He explains:

“There’s a great thing Paul Newman said about his long marriage. ‘As it turns out, we still love each other.’ That’s how I feel: ‘As it turns out, I’m still here.’ The amount we’re getting done, versus what they’re doing — which is nothing. Quite honestly, if you want something done, do it yourself. They said, ‘You can stay if you’re effective. If you stop being effective, we kick you out.’ I started paying for stuff, and that was when I thought, ‘OK, I better figure this out, because at this burn rate I’ll last about a week and a half.’ I didn’t have commitments, except for way in the future; I had nothing pressing. I got practical issues, like everybody. I had two federal cases against me at the time, and one criminal one. I had just got taken for one half of everything I had in the divorce, so it’s not like I don’t have to work. A much more profound change in life for me personally was not being able to raise my son in a whole family through high school. When I first came to Haiti, the decision was to go for two weeks. Let’s face it, I’m a person that feels pretty alienated from the rest of the world and never felt understood by anyone. There’s no end point. This is where I’ll be when I’m not working, for the rest of my life.


Say what you want about him, but we're completely blown away by his compassion and resilience!

It's one thing to cut a check - which is a wonderful gesture - but to immerse yourself in such hardship, and give up your life to help those in dire need?! Heroic!

Keep up the good work, bb! You have truly gone above and beyond in your efforts, and we know that there are thousands of lives grateful for what you've done!


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22 comments to “Sean Penn Intends To Stay In Haiti!”

  1. 1

    I'm glad he is doing something to help others. It feels so good to do things for others! Way to go!!! Don't let anyone else stop you or get you down!!!!

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  4. KateT says – reply to this


    Another lost celebrity feeling sorry for himself! At least the dependency is charity and not drugs this time!

  5. 5

    good hope he stays there

  6. 6

    This is real help, a la putting oneself in the frying pan so to speak. It probably feels good to do real things (particularly in helping people) as opposed to "pretending" to do things…i.e. "acting"

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  8. 8

    how long until his Haitian family is revealed?

  9. mw says – reply to this


    amazing and inspiring. i hope to find the gumption to roll up my sleeves and do something rather then just complaining. all these complainers out there - LET'S DO SOMETHING! anything, to help another person…

  10. 10

    I am a huge fan of his! Personally yes, he has issues. I think maybe bi-polar? But he is a good person, and a brilliant actor, and an extremely intelligent person. Go, Sean!

  11. 11

    Ohh, fucking spare me….turn on the PR machine….. that little bastard who was grandfathered into the film business can probably could get away with wearing blackface with no repercussions. Truly a faux libertine. Hell his brother will 'Penn' the score and the soundtrack!

  12. fiera says – reply to this


    Maybe this change in his life to help others in need is healing for him. He sounds sincere about it and I wish him the best!!!

  13. 13

    uh… doesn't he have kids? just because he got divorced doesn't mean his kids don't need him in their life. do they spend weekends with him in haiti?

  14. 14

    Put him on permanent latrine duty.

  15. 15

    BEST news in 2011 so far!

  16. 16

    Idiot. Get over your self has been!

  17. 17

    I, I, I, me, me ,me. It isn't about Haiti…it's about him.

  18. 18

    good. then you can cheat on Haiti with another country in need.

  19. 19

    Haiti, you can have him!!! Good riddance!!

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's a pretty positive way for him to sort out some things in his life. In contrast, he should still be able to feel lucky. I hope he and the white hatters find and shake loose the big money that's been collected but for some reason hasn't managed to get there.

  21. 21

    Good riddance! this is the best news of 2011 so far.

  22. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Allegra Ceci – good one, lol.