This image released by Open Road Films shows Sean Penn in a scene from "The Gunman." (AP Photo/Open Road Films, Keith Bernstein)
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At age 54, it's easy to assume that Penn, as a rogue ex-special forces officer, is drifting into territory that Liam Neeson claimed just a few years ago with a series of action-heavy box office hits.For Penn, it couldn't be further from the truth.Penn is even a little baffled about the cultural focus on Neeson in this case.In the film, audiences meet Penn's character in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006 ."I don't think there's an enormous amount to be learned politically," said Penn. The movie, for him, is about the consequences of violence.One thing Penn will not be doing in the future, however, is joining a superhero franchise.Penn's next project, now in post-production, finds him back in the director's chair in a drama about an international aid worker (Charlize Theron, who is in a relationship with Penn), and a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) navigating a bout of civil unrest in Africa.
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