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Sean Penn has no idea why he was in The Tree Of Life

As it turns out, it’s not just the famously ornery, anti-intellectual rabble of Stamford, Connecticut who had a problem with Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life and all of its dinosaur-strewn meandering through the entire creation of the universe. Even star Sean Penn found himself disappointed by the end result, telling France’s Le Figaro that while he considered the script “the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read,” he believes that “a clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact.” Noting that Malick himself was little help when it came to explaining what he was going for, Penn adds, “Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context.” Uh, perhaps Malick just enjoyed the way the light plays off your natural crevices, like the sun filtering through a desert rock formation? [via The New Yorker]

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