Sean Penn in lipstick for new movie: Is he channeling 'The Cure' frontman Robert Smith?

Sean-PennImage Credit: Mark Doyle/Splash NewsDespite the fact that his movie boasts a Talking Heads-related title, Sean Penn in the upcoming This Must Be the Place appears to be channeling a different band altogether. The drain-clog hairdo and lipsticked-pout makes Penn look, possibly intentionally, like pop gothster Robert Smith of The Cure, which is kind of awesome. Maybe this is going to be a Last Days-esque bit of pseudo rock biography.

Actually, probably not. The plot of the movie revolves around Penn’s aging former rock star and his search for the ex-Nazi war criminal that killed his father. Wha-? Well, the writer/director is the man who did the wonderful Italian political drama Il Divo — which is based on a real-life figure — so this might turn out pretty well. And for my own personal taste, I tend prefer the Sean Penn who can disappear entirely into a role (See: Sweet and Lowdown, Carlito’s Way, Milk) over the consummate brooder (See: Mystic River, 21 Grams).

What do you think, WatchPoppers? Do you agree that Penn looks like he’s about to take on Mecha-Streisand? Anyone else you think he resembles? A slightly wilder Tim Burton, perhaps?

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  • Cindy

    whatever it is, Im going to be there to see it.

  • Levi

    The story sounds crazy… And he does look like the lead singer of The Cure

  • kristen stewart’s scowl assistant

    Oh my god, best picture EVER

  • Mac

    Robert Smith or Tim Burton?

  • butters

    I love both the disappearing Penn of Falcon & the Snowman and the brooder, At Close Range.

    • butters

      Could also be Spicoli the later years.

  • Lloyd Bentson

    Sean Penn, I know Robert Smith. And you sir are no Robert Smith.

    • Annoying Pain in the A$$

      Lloyd Bentsen

  • Adam

    “Twilight” star Kristin Stewart before hair & makeup?

    • TT

      At least get her name right: KristEn.

      • wakeforce

        I don’t think Adam really cares how that thing spells her name. Twihards are the only ones who give a sh*t!

  • Fascination Street

    Yep, he looks like good ol’ Bob.

  • Jackal

    Your Mom?

  • Josie

    hhaha. WatchPoppers. haha

  • pastafarian

    who will they get for Sydney Poitier?

    • Johnny

      hahaha wonderful.

  • chris

    Edward Scissorhands THE SEQUEL

  • Jason S.

    Sean Penn is THE BEST ACTOR of the last 30 years. Can’t wait for this!

  • wakeforce

    Yo, Rusty, Milk was shot in 1978, well before the AIDS epidemic. You just showed what happens when they let morons watch Fox News or post their ignorance on an entertainment website. Put on your white sheet and shoot yourself in the arm with the crystal meth you just bought from your cousin.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      He’s the fake Rusty Shackleford. I think I pissed him off, now he uses my screen name to write stuff like that. The thing is, it’s a fake name and easy enough for me to change it to something else.

      • Johnification

        He’s right about Sean Penn though. He’s seriously a blight on humanity! His association with Hugo Chavez should be counted as treason.

  • Former Teen New Waver

    Personal preference – I don’t care for Sean Penn or his body of work save Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I lived in Europe for a number of years when I was a teenager and it was during the height of the goth rock (which my friends and I lovingly referred to back then as “New Wave”) era… I attended numerous concerts in various cities in Europe while living there and have seen The Cure, amongst others, perform on numerous occaisions… Mr. Penn does not channel Robert Smith. Maybe further into the movie Penn’s hair is a bit more coifed and not so lumpy and frazzled. Robert’s hair was and still is a big part of his persona and it had a certain shape and style to it… my friends would constantly do their best to model their own do’s after Smith’s. It was never such a frazzled heap of a mess on his head, though to the untrained eye it may have seemed as such. Lipstick and mounds of messy black hair does not make one goth. There is an art to it.

    Having said that, the premise of the film does seem intriguing.

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