Sean Penn talks about working with Steve Bannon in the '90s, and it's not flattering

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Long before he was fired from the White House, Steve Bannon was an executive producer on Sean Penn‘s 1991 film The Indian Runner. Penn stopped by Conan and shared his first impressions of working with Bannon.

Bannon arrived on set in Iowa with two women from New York. He justified their presence by hiring them as hair and makeup assistants. This upset Penn, mainly because the budget was so tight he didn’t want to spend money on “cheerleader-looking new makeup assistants.”

Penn didn’t give much thought to Bannon after the wrap — until the 2016 presidential election. That was when Penn realized Donald Trump’s right-hand man was the very same Steve Bannon.

Penn said, “I didn’t know it was the same Steve Bannon until I looked at him closely and imagined the Steve Bannon I knew but with the toxins of the soul so deteriorated and bloated. … I don’t think you can age like that without hating people.”

Conan airs weeknights at 11 on TBS.

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