Sean Penn: Putting the Pieces Together Again
September 13, 2006

It was the heartbreaking personal tragedy that he's never spoken about before.

But now Sean Penn is opening up to Larry King about the sudden death of his younger brother, Chris, describing the pain of losing a brother he was so very close to.

"It's a piece of you," Penn said. "I'm one of three. So I'm either my right, left arm or the center of it at various times. And each was the other. So I intermittently have lost my right arm, the left or the center."

In an emotional interview on Thursday night's "Larry King Live," the famed Oscar winner also set the record straight about how Chris really died earlier this year at age 40.

"The real problem was weight," Sean revealed. "He'd certainly been a fantastically self-abusing guy over periods in his life, but that wasn't the case in the end. It was a natural death. But a natural death that was brought on by some hard living, but particularly weight."

Now that the actor has lifted some grieving weight off his shoulders, he's making his return to the big screen for the first time since Chris' passing in "All the Kings Men."

Only "Extra" was at the premiere at the Toronto Film Festival where the film, in which Penn portrays a character, based on former Louisiana governor Huey Long, opened to rave reviews.

Penn heads an all-star cast that includes Jude Law, James Gandolfini and Sir Anthony Hopkins, which Sean joked was a humbling experience.

"Makes it easy not to feel like you're the best actor around," he said.

See a more humbled and sincere Sean Penn when his full interview with Larry King airs Thursday night on CNN.


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