Sean Penn has returned to acting after having to "dig" in his pockets.
The 54-year-old actor is known for a variety of roles on the big screen, from mentally-challenged father Sam Dawson in I Am Sam to activist Harvey Milk in Milk in the 2008 biopic about the gay activist's rise to power.
Over the years he has immersed himself in various activist work and directing flicks rather than just starring in them, but they didn't make him enough money.
“Listen man, you get divorced, you pay a few fines and you get involved in something where it’s hard to get people to dig in their pockets and you have to dig in your own, and you’ve got kids, and by the time you finish directing a movie you’ve paid for it more than you’ve been paid for it," he explained to British magazine ShortList on why he's back in front of the camera in his latest flick The Gunman.
"There are a lot worse ways of making a living than doing something that fascinates you, and acting does fascinate me.”
Sean was previously married to Madonna and Robin Wright, who he has kids Dylan and Hopper Jack with. He believes many actors have "disgraced their craft" with their celebrity status and will do anything the studio requests of them.
Sean has been in world of entertainment since the mid 70s and has noticed a big change in how things work these days when it comes to performing.
“I think acting today, by and large, is more associated with a fame-building game than anything to do with a gift. It’s supposed to be a giving and not taking industry, and today it’s more about the take," he sighed.