Sean Penn Speaks About Charlie Sheen’s Planned Haiti Trip
First Published: March 4, 2011 8:01 PM EST Credit:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Sean Penn spoke up late Friday regarding Charlie Sheen’s statement that he plans to visit Haiti next week alongside the former “Milk” star.
“I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people,” Sean said of Charlie in a statement issued to Access by his rep on Friday. “Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit.
“I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff,” the statement continued. “If he chooses to give support, I’ll trust it.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Charlie announced that he plans to travel to Haiti next week with friend and fellow actor, Sean Penn, in a phone interview with Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Friday.
“We’re going to do a couple things first and then it looks like we’re heading down [to Haiti],” Charlie told Billy and Kit of his plans to visit the earthquake-ravaged nation with the Oscar winning actor. “And I’m excited as hell because, you know, if I can bring the attention of the world down there, then clearly this tsunami keeps cresting.”
Sean Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization immediately following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and frequently visits the struggling country to continue his charity work. Sean previously weighed in regarding the Sheen saga in an interview for the April issue of GQ, offering his support for the embattled actor.
“When you divorce the moral judgments, which I prefer to do, I see a guy who has a clearer view of the nature of the world around him than is sometimes comfortable to have,” Sean reportedly told the mag of Charlie’s recent behavior. “Those are the sort of people who have a tendency to find altered states.
“But [Charlie] is a very ironic character,” Sean continued. “He’s got pretension in the crosshairs of his wit. I think to a large degree he’s saying, ‘Guys, we’re only going to be here once, so lighten the f*** up.’”
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