It's common knowledge that prominent actors and directors approach interviews, especially on television, with some caution. Over twelve years, presenting more than 200 of the most illustrious stars of film, theatre, television and music, Inside the Actors Studio has earned the reputation of being a forum where guests can speak fearlessly, openly and honestly about the things that matter most to them: their craft and the crucial events of their lives and careers that shaped them as people and artists. As Pacino and De Niro have shown the way to their generation, Sean Penn has shown the way to his. With four Academy Award nominations, and an Oscar for his performance in Mystic River, he has, like Pacino and De Niro, chosen the road less taken by most actors - to the challenges of character roles that render the actor invisible beneath the brilliant illumination of the part. In films as varied as Fast Times At Ridgemont High, I Am Sam and Dead Man Walking, he has shown us the many faces of Sean Penn. Like many of the truly great actors, Sean Penn is rarely sighted in a public setting and like all of the guests he has proven to be a frank and giving subject on the stage of Inside the Actors Studio.