Sean Penn opens up about his devotion to Haiti and divorce from Robin Wright
It might be a while before Sean Penn returns to Hollywood. The actor seems to have found his calling living and doing humanitarian work in Haiti.
"There's no end point," Penn tells The Hollywood Reporter about his work in the earthquake damaged country. "This is where I'll be when I'm not working, for the rest of my life."
The 50-year-old actor and his charity foundation, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, has been helping the relief effort in the country shortly after the Jan. 12, 2010 7.0 earthquake that killed thousands and left millions more homeless. In addition, an outbreak of Cholera began in October of 2010.
Penn airs out his gripes with organizations like The United Nations for their lack of aid to the economically devastated country. "The amount we're getting done, versus what they're doing -- which is nothing. Quite honestly, if you want something done, do it yourself," the actor says.
In October, Penn was honored with the Hollywood Humanitarian Award at the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony for his work in Haiti.
"I'm a person that feels pretty alienated from the rest of the world and never felt understood by anyone," the actor says before opening up about his recent divorce from ex-wife and actress Robin Wright after 14 years of marriage.
The two were officially divorced on July 22, 2010. It was the second marriage for Penn, 49, and Wright, 44. The couple has two children together, 19 year-old daughter Dylan, and 17 year-old son Hopper Jack. The divorce was finalized in Marin County, California.
"I got practical issues, like everyone else," Penn tells the industry paper. "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."
He admits, "A much more profound change in life for me personally was not being able to raise my son (Hopper Jack) in a whole family through high school."