Bad boy Sean Penn is at it again. The eternally angry actor is blasting celebrity as an "obscene disease." "I don't think it's an overstatement to say that it's an obscene disease of celebrity that's taken over far too much of the life we live. I think it's a disease that's diminished the quality of life," Penn told the Huffington Post in an interview plugging his latest movie. "It's clearly something that I've been compromised by. But for the culture at large, there is this kind of herd commitment. I think it's just become cheap."
Penn is starring in This Must Be the Place, which premiered over the weekend in the US at the Sundance Film Festival. It's a film about a pop icon who turns his back on fame to live quietly in Ireland. "Turning one's back on stardom might be the highest form of common sense—one that I would aspire to be more complete with," Penn said. He plans to continue to act, however, and command the big bucks to help raise money for Haitian relief. (Read more Sean Penn stories.)