This is just… too much.
Sean Penn loves red meat so much, he almost named his son Steak. We can’t make this up.
Fortunately, the actor’s son with ex Robin Wright lucked out with the name Hopper Penn. That was a close one!
He’s not a piece of meat, Sean! LOL!
In the 22-year-old’s latest spread with Interview magazine, he revealed:
“My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much. But my mom was never going to go for it. What they told me is that I hopped in her stomach, I didn’t kick, so they went with that.”
Still weird reasoning, but whatevs. At least he’s not a dead cow?
Turns out, his name is also a tribute to one of Poppa Penn’s idols, Dennis Hopper from Easy Rider.
Okay, okay — now we’re all on board!
Although Sean couldn’t get away with naming his son after his favorite food, the 55-year-old was able to convince Hopper to follow in his acting footsteps.
The El Lay native told the mag he was initially interested in working behind the scenes, but his dad arranged otherwise:
“Two and a half years ago, my dad was working on his movie called The Last Face, and I asked if I could PA for it. He said, ‘No, you’re going to act in it.’ I said no, because I’m very shy; I didn’t know how to act. He said, ‘Well, you’ll get paid.’ So I was like, ‘I’m on board.’ After the first day, I fell in love with it.”
Ah, the joys and benefits of being a celebrity kid! We’re not jealous, you are!
But when asked if he ever is worried about measuring up to his talented parents, he stayed humble:
“My dad is a really good actor, and there are a lot of sh*tty actors, and I definitely think I’m one of them.”
Congrats, kid (on the name and the gigs)!
[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]