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Monday, September 05, 2005

Sean Penn does his part

Renowned Hollywood actor Sean Penn has taken the plight of New Orleans' residents to heart by launching a boat and helping to rescue stranded people in the stricken city.

The Oscar-winning actor and political activist managed to reach several people who had been trapped in their homes since the hurricane hit Monday. Penn, who was accompanied by his personal photographer and a crew of helpers, brought the victims to dry land - and gave them cash as well. Johnnie Brown, 73, a retired custodian, called his sister on a cell phone after being plucked from his flooded house. "Guess who come and got me out of the house? Sean Penn the actor. Them boys were really nice," he said.

Read the full story here.

Personally, I wouldn't peg Sean Penn as the kind of guy to use something like this as a glorified PR exercise. However, I will be closely watching the press coverage in the next few days in the hope that I will be proven wrong and he'll completely destroy my faith in his ass. Oh ... how the mighty fall. In all seriousness, I think it's great what he's doing and there are many would-be celebrities who hide behind their fat wallets every time the shit hits the fan and not enough of them who actually get off their padded behinds and do something. More power to you Mr Penn.

Via Fark.

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