Sean Penn latest big name to pull out of Cannes

18th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Sean Penn will miss the Cannes premiere of his new film "Fair Game" because the actor has to testify at a US Senate hearing on the Haiti earthquake, the film's PR company confirmed Tuesday.

Oscar-winner Penn is the latest big name to cancel his appearance at the festival after French film legend Jean-Luc Godard announced at the last minute Monday that he would not attend the premiere here of his "Film Socialism".

Ridley Scott, the director of the blockbuster "Robin Hood" that opened the festival last week, could not attend due to recent surgery on his knee.

Penn plays the lead male role in Doug Liman's "Fair Game", which also stars Naomi Watts as the real-life CIA agent whose identity was illegally revealed in 2003, sparking a crisis for the administration of US president George W. Bush.

Penn, who contributed to the relief effort after the Haiti quake in January, has been asked to appear before a US Senate committee later this week to speak of the destruction he witnessed in the Caribbean island nation.

"Fair Game" premieres here on Thursday.

© 2010 AFP

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