In January 2016, Penn published an interview (conducted in October 2015) with Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in Rolling Stone.
Mexican authorities dismissed the level of importance given by American media to Penn in regard to Guzman's eventual recapture, instead placing importance on actress Kate del Castillo's continued communications with Guzman.
In 2015, Penn starred in The Gunman, a French-American action thriller based on the novel The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette.
He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk.
The film also earned Penn his fifth nomination and second win for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Wilson in Fair Game (2010), a film adaptation of Valerie Plame's 2007 memoir.
He co-starred in the drama The Tree of Life (2011), which won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
actor recently introduced the actress to his two young sons.
Even the age difference – Russell is just a few years younger than Sophia’s mining billionaire dad Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest – hasn’t stood in the way of their love affair, with friends saying Sophia is different to anyone Russell has ever dated before.“He’s completely smitten,” reveals one mate.“She has a wonderful exuberance and is a lot of fun, but she’s also really down-to-earth and has a direction in life, which he likes." “And I know from other friends that she’s just as crazy about Russell as he is about her.
Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie (December 4, 1974), directed by his father Leo Penn.
Following his film debut in the drama Taps (1981) and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Penn garnered critical attention for his roles in the crime dramas At Close Range (1986), State of Grace (1990), and Carlito's Way (1993).
He has also won a Best Actor Award of the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed She's So Lovely (1997), and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for the indie film Hurlyburly (1998) and the drama 21 Grams (2003).
Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner (1991), followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001).
She adores him.” four years ago, when she was just 18.