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Penn follows Bono's Pledge...
Hollywood bad boy and Irish American Sean Penn
last night followed in Bono's footsteps and
spoke of his admiration for the anti-capitalist protesters
in Seattle and Genoa and said he hoped there would
one day be a revolution in America.
41, said he believed the demonstrations would spawn
a new generation of directors committed to making
was speaking after arriving at the Edinburgh Film
Festival to promote his latest movie The Pledge,
which stars his wife Robin Wright Penn and
Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson.
UK premiere of the movie takes place tonight at the
city's UGC cinema and Penn and his wife are due to
attend the gala screening.
at a press conference in Edinburgh's Sheraton Hotel,
the Californian actor-turned-director said he was
dismayed by the political situation in his home country.
said: "I don't know if people value the thought
of revolution any more. I think it would be an enormously
patriotic movement to invest in the possibility of
revolution. There's a lot of stuff going on around
the world and in the US as well, like the protests
in Genoa and Seattle, and young people are putting
themselves on the line. We're going to start seeing
directors coming out of that group. I hope there are
going to be people who care about things bigger than
Robin Wright Penn said the couple were also determined
that their young son and daughter, who have joined
them on their trip to Scotland, would be open-minded
and embrace other cultures.
said: "I don't think most Americans know what
a revolution is. Looking at our kids growing up, that's
the one area where we're going to be very strict with
them. We want them to be aware and let other cultures
feed into them instead of following a saccharin life."
Penn added: "I just want our children to have
a broader interest and not have everything in entertainment
or politics represent comfort."
The Pledge is the story of a middle-aged policeman,
played by Nicholson, on the verge of retirement who
vows to track down the killer of a seven-year-old
girl. The all-star cast also features British actress