The New Issue: Sean Penn

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The Oscar-nominated star of Milk isn't punching out photographers anymore, but he's hardly mellowed. Hollywood's most daring actor names names and talks straight about his 30-year career in film, his critics and his beef with Obama in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on newsstands today!).

Grab the issue to read the Rolling Stone interview by Mark Binelli, and click over to Peter Travers' blog right now to watch our film critic discuss Penn's defining roles, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Dead Man Walking.

The Essential Sean Penn: The Roles That Defined the "Milk" Star

Plus, take a look back at Penn's past features in the magazine: 1983's Bad Boy. Slab Boy. Everyboy., when the 22-year-old actor was being hailed the greatest of his generation, and 1996's Cool Jerk, where Penn tries to reconcile his rep as a menace to society.