Celebrity Tanorexia Terror Watch: Sean Penn


It’s been a long time since we had to issue one of these, but SOMETHING MUST BE DONE. I haven’t seen an actor this orange since some poor dude had to put on an ACTUAL orange and gambol about the Orange Bowl

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. bdecked
    +1

    hasn’t he been running a refugee camp in haiti to help people after the earthquake? it might be actual *sun* that tanned him like this… just a theory.

  2. glee
    0

    Combo of real sun (thus the DEEP wrinkles) and bronzer (thus Emma Stone trying to keep a polite face on while she is wrangling out of his grasp before anything rubs off on her or her gorgeous dress).

  3. Miriam
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    I, too, wanted to give him credit for his work in Haiti but I don’t think the timeline fits his year old photo. It is an unnatural color; however I forgive him. The picking up DVDs comment made me LOL- basically what I wear for that and every other errand!

  4. leslie
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    I don’t know about Haiti, but he’s actually been here in Hawaii until at least last week, and that might have done it. He does strike me as one of those guys who goes totally local (well, for the mainland surfer definition of local) when he’s here, hanging out on the water all day. And everyone knows sunscreen is for wimps!

    Not that that’s an excuse for the color, just an explanation… :-)

    • AmandaD
      0

      I know the aversion sunscreen thing a common attitude, but as someone who has skin cancer that has affected almost every single one of my relatives, and had one aunt die from it….it makes me wince so hard I probably strained something. It’s just such a stupid thing to risk your health over.

      *steps off soapbox*

    • Corriner
      0

      ‘Sunscreen is for wimps’ is possibly the worst thing someone could have said in response to this, even if it was tongue-in-cheek. If I had a time machine I would go back in time to when western humanity decided the ‘skin cancer look’ was in, and tell people how idiotic they sounded.

      • Corriner
        0

        And as a follow-up to this, look at how lovely Emma’s fair skin is! Why would anyone want give that up for leather face?

  5. Helen
    +1

    To me this looks like a tan from the sun, with a bit of burn mixed in.

    His hands look lighter – my guess would be he did use sunblock but kept wiping it off his face and neck along with sweat. If he’s just come from Haiti, which seems likely enough, it’s warm and extremely humid there. Sweat weather.

    Stone’s polite but obvious reaction IMO probably has more to do with his being filthy than anything else. He looks awfully greasy here. I’ll bet he was fragrant, too.

    • Jessica
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      His hands look lighter because they put more bronzer on his face than his hands.

  6. AM
    +1

    No, I think he got a little “help.” A sun tan doesn’t turn most people orange. It trypically turns one browner or in my case, pinker, which is why I try to wear hats and sunscreen. In addition to aging, I don’t like sunburn pain. He could be a good looking guy, but no to all celebs and the orange, faux tan!

  7. Liz
    0

    LOL, the Orange Bowl. Sorry ’bout the Irish, Jessica. Well, except that I’m not sorry.

  8. Ranee Singleton
    0

    No skin ever turns orange in the sun. Brown, pink, red, dark tan, whatever, but never orange. This dude is orange. And I am amazed that a man who is vain enough to get a spray on tan of this magnitude would not even consider clean clothes. Yuck.

  9. llism
    0

    Orange or not, Spicoli still looks damn good :-) .

  10. kcc
    0

    Josh Brolin is looking a bit jaundiced too.

  11. Sabrina
    0

    However this happened to him, he should not be the color of the devil from Legend.
    http://chroniclesofamisfit.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/timcurry1.jpg

    • anny
      0

      AAAAAAAUUUUUGGGHHH!!
      But it was Tim Curry!
      “Mother Night, enfold your dark arms aboot me…”

  12. Lynne
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    IIism, it’s odd you should say that because I was just thinking how completely unattractive the guy is. To a nearly comical degree. And while I realize I’m probably going to a special Mean Girl section of hell for saying so, it’s really alarming to me how unpleasant the guy looks.

    On another topic, Emma’s makeup. Can we please, please ease away from the super heavy eyeliner trend? I really, really hate it.

    • Sandra
      0

      I’m with you Lynne. This post could equally well be titled “Celebrity Skeeve-watch”. Yuck!

      Plus his totally douchey whining about how nobody has made him feel loved, which was equally unattractive

      • Lizzy
        0

        …So maybe no one loves hm enough to say “Stop tanning, Sean, it’ll kill you!!”

    • llism
      0

      I don’t know what it is . . . objectively I know he’s not attractive, but I’ve got a thing for imperfect beefy-adjacent guys. Penn is somewhere on the list, as is Mike Rowe, but Liev Schreiber is the president of that club :-) .

    • Esme
      0

      I’m with you; and the orangeness just enhances his hideosity. Seriously, if he weren’t a celebrity, people would run screaming from him.

    • Rachel
      +1

      I agree about him looking rather unpleasant. About 5 years ago, I saw him and Robin Wright at LAX. Before I realized who they were, I was thinking, “Why is that stunningly gorgeous tall woman walking with that tiny little disheveled hobo who is wearing a suit 5 sizes too big for him?”

    • voo
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      that is heavy eyeliner to you? maybe to those who are unaccustomed to it. why don’t you like it – too threatening? too different? she looks chic and sophisticated, something you probably are not.

      • Stephanie
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        Oh my…yes I am sure she is feeling threatened by Emma eyeliner through the Internet. That must be it. It couldn’t be just a different opinion.

  13. Julia
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    It can’t be real. His hands are a totally different color. There may be some underlying real tan there too, but there has clearly been a vat of SOMETHING faux applied to his skin. Poor Emma.

  14. Allison
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    (spoiled, British accent) “But Daddy, I want an oompa loompa!”

  15. Fifie
    0

    Alas, my sun worshipping husband tends to look this colour when we go away. I keep telling him he looks like a naugahyde chair, but to no avail.

  16. lefty
    0

    Did he just finish filming the final scenes of Life of Pi 2?

  17. Saerah
    0

    I literally went like WHOAH SEAN PENN WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU out loud before I even saw the picture up close. So I’m not an expert or anything but it does look a bit orangy…
    & like someone already mentioned before -the library comment made me LOL, too :)

  18. jj
    0

    Spicolli’s been to the beach. I’d recognize a beach burn anywhere. SPF, dude.

  19. Carol
    0

    Good grief Sean Penn! QUIT THE TANNING SALON. This is horrific.

  20. Stefanie
    0

    ITS LIKE THE EPISODE OF FRIENDS WHEN ROSS GETS A SPRAY TAN!

    One Mississippily….

  21. SusanC
    0

    Maybe his next movie is a Mickey Rourke biopic?

    • Katty McNiley Ripley
      0

      I was betting in a Valentino biopic: “The Orangey-Younger years”

      • Ruth
        0

        He does look so Rourke-ian. I did a double take to make sure it wasn’t MR.

  22. Nicole McIlroy Steeves
    0

    I am so pleased the library is the place you think of for getting dvd’s.

  23. Alicia
    0

    What about his hair? What is going on with it? Why does he look like a hobo with the exception of his perfectly sculpted facial hair?

  24. Cassie
    0

    It’s a Mystic River Tan!

  25. SKGD
    0

    Wow, I never realised that Sean Penn was related to George Hamilton!

  26. Alyssa Masterson
    0

    Sean Penn’s tan complexion looks awful because he looks like been fried. It is not tan color anymore, its absolutely orange! http://shoeporn.com/

  27. Ann
    0

    I think Penn thinks the radioactive tan and the disheveled look make him look “younger” and “edgy” to prospective young chicks with low self esteem. Doesn’t seem to be working with Stone who seems to be leaning away as far as she possibly can without making it appear obvious.

  28. Mary Urech Stallings
    0

    Is he playing a middle eastern potentate in his next movie?

    • thunderthighs
      0

      I thought this read “middle eastern pomegranate” and nearly choked.

      I’ve hated Penn ever since reading about how he abused Madonna during their short marriage. The guy is violent and mean, and it’s so odd to me how he gets a free pass for his (copious, documented) violence against women.

  29. Eli
    0

    Eh…he sort of looks like the bastard stepchild of a guy in Rikers for possessing child porn and John Boehner.

  30. dee cee
    0

    Omg! The reek..!? Help.!!. So not worth fame, fortune and .. anything else of minutiea consequence in this world.. posing here..

  31. Bambi Anne Dear
    0

    And grey roots?

  32. moreisjess
    0

    Oh, that’s Sean Penn?!? Phew because I was confused as to why Emma Stone was standing with John McAfee.

  33. Kate
    0

    Also think he looks like he’s sporting a glass eye…

  34. TonyG
    0

    Leave Sean Penn’s tan alone!! It’s not well right now! ;)

    • TonyG
      0

      I think the darker tan on the face may not be bronzer-enhanced, or, if it is, there’s not much enhancement that was needed.

      Here’s a photo of him on a Hawaiian beach 5 days ago. (BTW, his bod looks great for someone who’s going to be 52.)

      http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1231597.1357440548!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_635/sean-penn-maui-hawaii.jpg

      In the picture, his tan is much redder and darker on his face, neck, and center of his chest for some reason. Once the browning of these red areas set in, this leathery orange/brown look he sports with Emma Stone is likely the result.

      In the beach photo, you can also see that the legs/hands, arms/feet are a much lighter tone. Perhaps he wears long-sleeved v-neck or open-necked shirts a lot when he’s not on the beach?

  35. Caroleena Stantonova
    0

    “Burnished Oak.” I LMHO!

  36. Jules
    0

    Wow. Just, wow.

  37. Sajorina
    0

    “Celebrity Tanorexia Terror Watch” is the best post title ever! He actually looks terrifying! This reminds me of a Hyla Matthews’ joke… She once said “Sean Penn looks like he’s been outside since he was 2″! I laughed out loud then! But, this can’t be good for him! It’s like he’s been stained by a furniture maker!

  38. Ladyblahblah
    0

    This is just exactly what I’d expect Jeff Spicoli to look like 30 years later.

    • Jenna
      0

      Yeah, including the “stoned out of his mind” part. I’m not saying he is, but he totally looks it.

  39. PB
    0

    He looks all the more orange because he is standing next to Emma Stone, who is delightfully and alluringly pale.

  40. Louisa
    0

    A powerful argument for sunscreen. If it’s artificially-induced, a powerful argument for letting one’s natural pale fly. Especially when standing next to her. But age + too much sun can look like that.

  41. Stephanie
    0

    Whoever told him that furniture polish would make a natural look was mistaken!

  42. Mia
    0

    So gross, despite his good work in Haiti. He’s starting to remind me of Mickey Rourke. Good actor, but you can’t help but think, “WTH?”

  43. Pouncer
    0

    Gross, gross, gross. I recoiled from the screen. Even if he weren’t orange, the utter lack of hygiene or grooming would be repellent.

  44. Isabel
    0

    Wait.. are those really grey roots/outgrowth? Yikes. He should sue is tanner AND his dyer.

  45. Jeannine
    0

    …can we talk about the hair???

  46. SJaneH
    0

    there was a post recently where they were comparing him to his younger self – showed him coming out of the water – maybe it’s fake on real tan???? still not attractive.

  47. Jujube
    0

    i think Mr Penn looks like the Phantom of the Muppet Theatre (Otherwise known as Uncle Deadly) except of course Sean is more orange. Same hair tho

  48. Vandalfan
    0

    I still dig him. Madge is a fool, her boy-toys couldn’t stand up to her.

  49. Lily1214
    0

    I’ve always liked him as an actor. Always.

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