VIDEO: Sean Penn Is ‘Milk’ing It

By: Betsy Waldman / September 4, 2008

Sean Penn stars in Milk, the new film by Gus Van Sant.

It looks like Oscar time again for Robin Wright-Penn’s off-again/on-again husband.

Sean is portraying the country’s first openly gay man in public office, 1970s trailblazer Harvey Milk.

Milk was assassinated in 1978. Check the video to see him brought back to something near life:

The film also stars James Franco (as Milk’s boyfriend), Emile Hirsch, and Diego Luna.

Penn may be eccentric and slightly grumpy, but he’s one of the greatest actors working today.