Mike Fleming

fair_game_movie_image_sean_penn_naomi_watts_01EXCLUSIVE: Sean Penn won’t attend the May 20th Cannes premiere of his political movie Fair Game because, ironically, of his social activism. He has been asked to appear before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing focused on the crisis in Haiti. Penn has made himself a very visible participant in the disaster relief effort there since the earthquake. Fair Game debuts In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, and is being sold overseas by Summit International. Director Doug Liman will be attending with Naomi Watts, who stars as Valerie Plame. Penn played her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

The actor is the 2nd significant figure to bow out of the festival. Director Ridley Scott was unable to attend the opening night premiere of Robin Hood after painful knee replacement surgery. Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and Brian Grazer carried on in Scott’s absence.