Sean Penn Needed To Have An Oxygen Tank Ready On Set While Filming A Certain Scene In Clint Eastwood Movie That Won Him A Best Actor Oscar

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Sean Penn gave it his all for Mystic River, especially proved he deserved his Oscar by holding his breath for a scene for too long

Sean Penn made his big-screen debut in the early 1980s and has since developed into a well-known figure in the film industry. He has had a varied career in Hollywood and a tremendous body of work spanning decades. He has won multiple awards for his work, including two Academy Awards. For the 2003 picture Mystic River, which is regarded as one of his best works to date, the actor received his first Oscar.

To film one of the most emotionally charged scenes in Clint Eastwood’s crime drama, the actor requested an oxygen tank in advance, as he wanted to fully immerse himself in the role of a grieving father.

Sean Penn Demanded an Oxygen Tank While Filming Mystic River

Clint Eastwood’s 2003 criminal drama Mystic River, starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon, follows three childhood friends named Jimmy, Dave, and Sean. But once Jimmy’s daughter is brutally murdered, things take a surprising turn, triggering a series of events that reveal sinister secrets and put their friendship to the test.

A scene in the film shows Jimmy Markum, played by Penn, learning of his daughter’s murder. The character is shown weeping and flailing in the intense moment, distraught upon finding his daughter’s body.

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According to IMDb, Sean Penn requested an Oxygen tank present on set while filming the scene, as he wanted to film the intense scene with all the wailing and crying. He gave his best not only in that scene but throughout the film, landing his first Oscar for Best Actor at the 76th Academy Awards.

Michael Keaton Almost Starred in Mystic River

Detective Sean Devine, played by Kevin Bacon, is tasked with looking into Jimmy’s daughter’s death in Mystic River. Clint Eastwood, the film’s director, had, nevertheless, intended for Michael Keaton to play the part. Collider claims that in order to get a deeper understanding of the role, the Batman star read multiple scripts aloud to the ensemble and studied the procedures used by the Massachusetts Police Department.

There were reportedly creative disagreements between the director and the actor on how Sean’s character was portrayed. But Eastwood rejected Keaton’s offer to change the script. The two got into a heated dispute over this, and The Founder star eventually quit the project. Bacon was then assigned to the role of Sean Devine.

 

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