After taking the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Milk, Sean Penn should see his popularity rise a bit; no matter what he says in public. Personally, I thought his speech was pretty cool. The entire awards show was about being pro-gay -- which I am, mind you -- and he just sort of went for it. He also took a moment to rip on himself for not being able to keep his mouth shut politically, so there was a bit of irony too.
That being said, Sean Penn might find himself in a role that does make a political statement. With an award in hand, could this be the first project he wants to tackle?
Sean Penn for Fair Game
Penn is in talks to star opposite Naomi Watts in Fair Game, a true story that will have him play Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
To be directed by Doug Liman, follows Wilson as he watches his wife's CIA status become compromised after he wrote op-ed columns that accused the Bush Administration of manipulating intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Plame Wilson left the CIA in 2005 and she and her husband filed a civil suit against Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Cheney's ex-chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. While Rove and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted they leaked her agency status to journalists, Libby was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about his role in compromising her covert status.
Though President George W. Bush was later asked to pardon Libby (by Dick Cheney), he only commuted his sentence.