Sean Penn has learned to cope with negativity

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 February 2015
Sean Penn

Sean Penn with Charlize Theron

Hollywood superstar Sean Penn has revealed he has "plenty of walls" he can kick if criticism upsets him

Sean Penn has "plenty of walls" he can kick if criticism upsets him.

The Academy Award-winning actor - who stars alongside Idris Elba and Ray Winstone in his new film 'The Gunman' - says he's grown used to negative comments and insists he's found a healthy way of coping with abuse.

Sean told ShortList magazine: "You just have to take the sh*t. I got plenty of walls I can kick if it upsets me, but mostly I'm pretty thick-skinned."

The 54-year-old star, who helped victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in 2010 following an earthquake in the country, also rejected the idea that he's an example of 'limousine liberalism'.

He reflected: "When you're in a position like I've been lucky enough to be in, forget about what my organisation does, or the high-dollar operations, everybody - a school teacher or an actor or whoever - has an obligation to speak out and play a part."

Meanwhile, Sean recently revealed that his current partner - actress Charlize Theron - is the "love of my life".

Asked by a journalist about his "girlfriend", Sean replied: "No, no, excuse me, Charlize is not my girlfriend. She's the love of my life...

"We have a very strong relationship. [We] have known each other for a very long time. But we weren't together."

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