Sean Penn: I'll Be in Haiti 'the Rest of My Life'

Plus, actor grouses about costly divorce
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2011 9:12 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2011 10:48 AM CST
Sean Penn carries the belongings of a person displaced by the earthquake as people are relocated from the Petionville Golf Club to a new camp, in Port-au-Prince, Saturday, April 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

(Newser) – How long will Sean Penn’s work in Haiti go on? Forever, he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no end point,” he says. “This is where I’ll be when I’m not working, for the rest of my life.” Penn was there on Christmas Eve, kissing young students on the cheek at a newly built school despite fears of cholera, nearly a year after he first arrived. The extensive article reveals the constant struggle Penn endures to keep his camp—which costs $450,000 a month—running.

Why does he do it? “I didn’t have commitments, except for way in the future; I had nothing pressing,” he says of the period leading up to his work in Haiti. “I got practical issues, like everybody. I had two federal cases against me at the time, and one criminal one.” (Illegal trips to Cuba and allegedly assaulting a paparazzo, specifically). But, he adds, “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.” Click for more from the interview and his comments about his divorce.

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