December 14th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
He wasn't caught giving the McKayla Maroney special, but Sean Penn sounds pretty unimpressed with Hollywood.
While the 52-year-old actor told Esquire magazine that he enjoyed working on his upcoming '40s-era crime drama "Gangster Squad," he sees the overall "standard of aspiration" in Hollywood as being "very low."
"They're just doing a bunch of monkey-f***-rat movies, most actors and actresses," Penn told the magazine in its January issue. "And I blame them just as much as I do the business. I know everybody wants to make some money, everybody's got a modeling contract, everybody's selling jewelry and perfume. I'm blinded by it. Bob Dylan said in an interview one time - somebody asked him, 'Are you really reclusive?' He says, 'No, I'm not reclusive, man. I'm exclusive. Exclusivity is like intimacy."
All of which means you shouldn't expect to see Penn in the "consumerist mosh pit" anytime soon - "I'm just not a big-budget kinda guy, you know?" he tells Esquire - but he is willing to create a different kind of intimacy with the public.
When it comes to talking about relationships, Penn said he has "no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone," and that when looking back on his own romances, "I don't feel I've ever had that."
The actor/activist's hindsight is 20/20 on his past marriages, of which he's had two - first to Madonna, and then to Robin Wright Penn.
"I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly," Penn tells Esquire. "When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, 'What the f*** was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way? Which is a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense. It can make somebody very bitter and very hard and closed off, but I find it does the opposite to me."
Here's hoping 2013 brings the "Milk" star some love.
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