Actor/director/political activist/know-it-all Sean Penn has signed on to reprise his stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli character in a sequel to the early eighties hit Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The movie will be known simply as Fast Times at Ridgemont High 2 and will track the lives of its primary characters.
In an exclusive interview with Ponderings From Pluto, Penn spoke to reporter C.F. Twob about the project:
C.F. Twob: Sean, how did this sequel come about?
Sean Penn: Well, I was bored with winning a few Oscars and decided to revisit a character I haven’t played in a long time.
CFT: Jeff Spicoli, you mean.
CFT: Will it be hard to get back into character after such a long layoff?
SP: No, not really. Jeff says stupid, off-the-wall things and so do I. Sometimes I think I never really got out of character. You know, sometimes it feels as if Jeff Spicoli’s been playing Sean Penn and not the other way around.
CFT: I take it you smoked a lot of marijuana during the filming of Fast Times.
SP: I noticed you used the past tense, “smoked”. You assume I don’t smoke pot anymore.
CFT: If you still smoke pot, would that account for some of your crazy political assertions, such as how Bill O’Reilly and Howard Stern should be traded for Osama bin Laden and how President Bush was a crazy man?
SP: Yeah. It would also account for the flattering columns I wrote about Iraq and Iran for the San Francisco newspapers.
Penn spoke during the interview about some plot points from the new movie, but he asked that they not be revealed due to the script still being finalized.
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