Sean Penn threatens to make fan eat cell phone

By Alexandra Heilbron on November 21, 2013 | 29 Comments

Sean Penn went ballistic when he saw a fan pointing a cell phone at him to take a photo on Tuesday night. It happened at the St. Regis – a fancy San Francisco hotel – in the Lobby Bar. Penn apparently saw the flash and ran towards the man, screaming, “Do we look like f**king zoo animals?” He then grabbed the man’s phone out of his hands and threw it to the ground, saying, “Get the f**k out of here. I’ll make you eat the phone. Get out of here!!” The actor then complained to hotel management, telling them they should “do something about that.” Hotel management apparently did do something about it. They asked the man, who was attending a sales conference at the hotel and was wearing a name tag clearly identifying that fact, if he wanted them to call the police. Unfortunately, the man declined their offer and left. As it turns out, Penn was speaking at the same conference the man was attending. Penn didn’t notice that someone else was recording his antics on video – lucky for them – and gave it to TMZ. Since he brought it up, we’d like to know what you think: [poll id=”515″]


Comments & Discussion

  1. Jason • November 21, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

    He’s in the public eye, he was in a public place, the guy only had a cell phone, not a huge camera with a huge flash. If the guy was a fan before, I’m sure he isn’t anymore. He should have called the police and had Penn pay for a new phone at the very least, if it was damaged.

  2. David • November 21, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

    Someone should have told him that he is no longer playing Mickey Cohen. Sometimes these actors start to believe that they are as tough as their movie parts….

  3. Annabel • November 21, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

    He is rude and pathetic!

  4. Russ Maude • November 21, 2013 @ 12:02 PM

    This isn’t the first time, old ugly Sean Penn has been in an altercation with fans or paperazzi He was protecting his main squeeze,material girl “Madonna” many moons ago. He has very low self esteem and he should be in a cage to protect the Zoo people from watching him. Althiugh,he does have a good heart way down deep.
    He’s a giver,helping third world countries.
    So I guess we have to let him sock one of us now and then.

  5. mack • November 21, 2013 @ 12:22 PM

    im sure it gets very frustrating to have people taking your pic all the time, but thats what they signed up for.. sorry sean, but if you want privacy…..stay home.

  6. Doreen • November 21, 2013 @ 12:29 PM


  7. Denise • November 21, 2013 @ 12:35 PM

    I can appreciate Mr. Penn’s feelings and actions.

    Just because he is a celebrity, doesn’t give people licence to invade his right to privacy.

    Perhaps if the gentleman was to have approached Mr. Penn and asked if he could take a photo – Mr. Penn would have obliged given that his privacy was being respected.

    People are quick to judge, saying individuals such as Mr. Penn chose to be a celebrity therefore, they should expect this type of intrusion however, I disagree.

    I believe everyone is entitled to respect and privacy – NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE – in public or in private.

    Good for you Mr. Penn !

  8. PJ • November 21, 2013 @ 1:06 PM

    Really? Are you kidding me? These “celebities” need a reality check! They seem to forget that its their fans that provide them with a paycheck! I personally have boycotted ALL of his movies because of this kind of BS!! People taking your picture Mr. Penn is all part and parcel of your profession. Chill out man…go have a spa day bud… Go bail out your boat in Louisianna with a Pepsi can!!! You’re not doing yourself any favors with this kind of behavior…you’re itching to become box office poison

  9. Flaris • November 21, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

    Any sympathy I might have had was lost when he went over the line in damaging someone’s phone because he was pissed off. Guy should have let them call the police. It might be tiring to have people taking pictures all the time, but that’s the downside to the profession he decided to join.

    Even though it can be over the line his response was immature and far worse than the person he was upset with. Just pathetic. This is why I really don’t care what celebrities do. I enjoy movies, I enjoy performances, I don’t care who the person behind it is most of the time. Not there for the actor, there for the character.

  10. Jenna • November 21, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

    Woooooooow… I get he would be mad if it was a paparazzi annoying him in a bar, but a fan?! that’s ridiculous…

  11. TheTruth • November 21, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

    Damn, I was only trying to take a picture of that Man behind you who ordered a Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac and now I don’t have that or my phone…

  12. Wednesday • November 21, 2013 @ 2:33 PM

    He’s a major AssHat!
    The fan’s pay his salary by going to his movies and taking notice of him in the first place.
    His Douchy behavior would stop if we all stopped acknowledging him or his craft.
    If he doesn’t want to be in the limelight stay home!

  13. Lady Wendy • November 21, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

    Out of respect, I would of asked if I could take his picture.
    He over reacted to the situation at hand, I think if he was more
    of a gentleman and approached that other man calmly, I’m sure it would
    have a better out come, but instead it makes Mr. Penn look like a common
    ass in my books.

  14. Feoilseantoir • November 21, 2013 @ 3:14 PM

    Are you kidding me? Everyone knows not to take pictures of Sean Penn. it’s a documented fact. He knew what he was doing when he took that picture, so man up, and take the consequences.

  15. Debbie M • November 21, 2013 @ 3:49 PM

    I can understand him getting tired of having his privacy invaded but there was a better way of handling this.

  16. Karin Dollery • November 21, 2013 @ 4:22 PM

    Rude and ignorant for sure…Oh well maybe its because he realizes He Just Does Not Have much of a career anymore, Oh and what career he does have sucks. Another HAS BEEN semi-actor,too bad too sad.

  17. Ann • November 21, 2013 @ 5:09 PM

    Whats does he expect it comes with being a actor If he doesn’t want to be in the actor and in the public’s eye then stay home!

  18. sfs • November 21, 2013 @ 5:31 PM

    Well he certainly acts worse than a zoo animal. I can’t wait for South Park to do a joke about him in an episode.

  19. Janelle • November 21, 2013 @ 5:33 PM

    He acts like a baboon.

  20. Susan • November 21, 2013 @ 8:03 PM

    I am so angry at Sean Penn for belittling a fan in public. He is a celebrity because of his fans. Those fans who spend their hard earned money to see his movies. This is not the first time he has gone ballistic. He needs to control his temper.

  21. hue • November 21, 2013 @ 9:12 PM

    A “fan” could do the respectable thing and ask. Just because he’s a public figure that doesn’t mean you should treat him like you own him. Do the polite thing and ask, they might have even gotten an autograph. Respect! It’s all but lost on some of you people.

  22. Sassy • November 22, 2013 @ 1:52 AM

    These celebrities think they are God’s gift to mankind. We should boycott them all and not pay nor attend functions they are paid to attend. Then let’s see them boast.

  23. Kim Rogers • November 22, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

    Sean, with all the empathy you have for third world countries, I would have thought better of you by just talking to the dude. I’m seriously disappointed in you and the people who support how you handled this. You need anger management! I guess by the responses, so do a lot of others. Make a public apology for your erroneous actions.

  24. K. NOEL • November 22, 2013 @ 2:07 PM

    I guess he is going the way of all the once upon a times ………….
    It does keep his name in the news, if nothing else. It is sad when the so called stars start to believe and act out their bloated unwanted opinions and super inflated egos.
    Politics no longer do it?
    No major photo ops?
    Don’t like the heat, stay outta the kitchen.
    How come some of the really talented stars are comfortable with the attention they get?
    Get a reality check, it may help.

  25. K. NOEL • November 22, 2013 @ 2:09 PM

    I guess he is going the way of all the once upon a times ………….
    It does keep his name in the news, if nothing else. It is sad when the so called stars start to believe and act out their bloated unwanted opinions and super inflated egos.
    Politics no longer do it?
    No major photo ops?
    Don’t like the heat, stay outta the kitchen.
    How come some of the really talented stars are comfortable with the attention they get?
    Get a reality check, it may help. Actors should stick to doing what they are appreciated for……….acting.

  26. lloyd nelson • November 22, 2013 @ 10:28 PM

    don’t want to be step on all you have to do is just ask you think.

  27. Marq2 • November 22, 2013 @ 10:43 PM

    Sean Penn has been a insecure bully at least since he became known to the public. It may be what makes him a good “actor” when he plays those kind of roles. Sadly, many celebrities are “damaged goods”, who can’t decide where they fit in this world, and can’t cope with the pressures involved.

    Too often their real lives and their acting roles become pretty blurred.

    Penn is a sad man who needs attention (and a good shrink) and works at an emotional E.Q. of a 2 year old. Sensitive and big-hearted one minute, out of control temper tantrum the next. Anyone in the public eye, who places themselves their for their own advantage, should learn how to accommodate their public life and do so with a bit of dignity and maturity. After all these years in the public eye, most people would have it figured out. Apparently not Sean Penn.

    He owes the fan an apology, and I’m glad his rant was recorded, so he can see what he looks like to others when he does things like this.

  28. marie • November 23, 2013 @ 7:32 AM

    Good for him!
    As a photographer I consider it very rude to take a photograph of another human being WITHOUT ASKING!
    Famous people are no different. They are people who deserve the same rights.
    Mr. Penn was NOT on the red carpet or at a film premiere putting himself out there to be photographed. He was being himself a human, not an actor at a Hollywood function.
    This generation is so wrapped up in them selves with all their selfies!
    They photograph and video everything and its just plain selfish and self serving.
    If you approach another human being with politeness and respect you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

  29. K. NOEL • November 26, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

    How can you expect privacy in public? Especially when you are a PUBLIC figure?
    What a emotional mess! Time for some professional help. You are losing what little substance there was. I personally have not watched anything he is in for several years now.
    I agree with Marq, that is exactly the secenario.
    As for the other opinions, I can’t help feel that kissing ass, or forgiving such immature and violent behavior is real for those people, and in fact encourages the ” special status ” of some these character chamelions.

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