Sean Penn made a memorable late-night appearance on Monday night.
The actor smoked not one, but two cigarettes during his Late Show with Stephen Colbert interview, and admitted to host Stephen Colbert that he took a sedative before. “I’m doing well. You’ve inherited a little of the Ambien I had to take to get to sleep after a red-eye last night,” Penn said at the start of his sit-down.
“So in other words, you’re still a little bit on the Ambien train right now?” Colbert asked before the two-time Oscar winner responded, “A little bit,” as he proceeded to light a cigarette shortly after.
Fans and viewers quickly took notice of Penn’s smoking on TV and shared their reactions on Twitter with many expressing bewilderment.
“Sean Penn is looking a little disheveled while #chainsmoking on #colbert,” one user tweeted.
Folks watching Sean Penn on #Colbert… pic.twitter.com/ptCttEp1D7
— Jennifer Baty (@JenBaty) March 27, 2018
Sean Penn is looking a little disheveled while #chainsmoking on #colbert. #Jobsecurity for the oncologists. #KeepItReal pic.twitter.com/Dt6X06qDnr
— Tracy (@TracyJones86) March 27, 2018
Weird. Sean Penn is smoking a cigarette on Colbert tonight. It’s been many a year since I’ve seen that on live tv.
— mbshoff (@marybshoff) March 27, 2018
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Looking at #Seanpenn on #StephenColbert got me thinking I will never take ambien…. pic.twitter.com/9oPvtrwYJi
— Lanette (@Amadii) March 27, 2018
#Seanpenn is pulling a #kanyewest on #ellen right now on @StephenAtHome
— rachel brennan (@racheleabrennan) March 27, 2018
Sean Penn’s interesting choice of coiffure for his appearance on @colbertlateshow… pic.twitter.com/DypJAE79bu
— Lisa @fabfrugalmama (@fabfrugalmama) March 27, 2018
Later in the interview, Colbert asked Penn to consider quitting cigarettes.
“Please don’t smoke anymore. I don’t mind. My parents smoked when I was a child so it gives me happy memories to smell cigarette smoke but you know we want you to be around for a long time and those things are bad for you,” the late-night host said.
“Job security for oncologists,” joked the Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff author.
The second guest of the night, Roseanne‘s Sara Gilbert, also reacted to Penn’s smoking, telling Colbert, “Wow, I just want to say, Sean Penn makes me look energetic.”
Though his smoking garnered attention on social media, another interview moment was much-talked-about — this time in a more positive light.
Penn praised the students and survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who organized the March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. on Saturday.
“Within days of that not only are they stating their case with incredible sobriety and articulate words but in such an inclusionary way. You feel like there are reasonable people who have been on the other side of this conversation who will listen to these kids,” he told Colbert, later nodding when asked if the students “give him hope.”
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