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Sean Penn Goes Goth, Mumbles a Lot in the Trailer for "This Must Be the Place"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 13, 2011 at 8:12AM

You can always count on Sean Penn to make a transformation in any project he tackles. From his Academy Award-winning turn as Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's biopic to his career-defining role as a Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Penn is the closest thing America has to a male Meryl Streep.
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You can always count on Sean Penn to make a transformation in any project he tackles. From his Academy Award-winning turn as Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's biopic to his career-defining role as a Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Penn is the closest thing America has to a male Meryl Streep.

It's no wonder then that critics were curious to see Penn play a shuffling, pancaked aging ex-rock star named Cheyenne in Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be the Place," when it world premiered at Cannes. The film -- in which Cheyenne embarks on a journey across America to avenge his father's persecution in Auschwitz -- was met with mostly negative responses (including a bashing from our own Eric Kohn, who wrote: "It’s far too much of a godawful mess to merit serious moral scrutiny.")

Have a look at the trailer below to see Penn in action [Hat tip: Twitch].

Will you ignore what most critics had to say and check this out when it eventually hits theaters? Let us know in the comments.

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