Sean Penn is not one to hold back and Tuesday was no different as he discussed everything from the end of the Cold War to the current state of the U.S. on Tuesday’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”.
Penn, 57, spoke about what he thought brought the Berlin Wall crashing down in 1989, with him telling the host, 34, that it had less to do with diplomacy and more to do with those in Eastern Europe aspiring to be like those in the West.
“You know, when the Berlin Wall came down, I think it had a lot more to do with Levi’s 501s and the dream of wearing them, and the Beatles black market records than it did [Mikhail] Gorbachev or [Ronald] Reagan.”
The topic arose after Noah asked Penn what he’d learned from his travels in regards to where America currently stands in the world.
The star shared, according to Yahoo: “I would say that the respect and the aspiration… is no longer on our country. That’s not a political comment. That’s a touristic comment.”
Penn added of gaining back some of that respect, “I think we owe it to ourselves to get it back, and the only way we do that is show that we know how to stop fighting with each other, and really listen to each other and really demand that our politicians do the job.”
Penn’s latest interview comes after he sparked an online frenzy Monday after lighting up two cigarettes during an appearance on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert“.
He also admitted to being a little worse for wear after taking a sedative to help him sleep following a red-eye flight.