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‘The Pledge’ Sports a Veteran Cast

January 25, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The list of stars in Sean Penn’s new movie, ``The Pledge,″ reads like a ``who’s who″ of Hollywood: Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Sam Shepard, Mickey Rourke and Harry Dean Stanton.

Penn says he wanted veteran actors because he didn’t have time to help his cast members find their motivation.

``We were often traveling 7,000 miles in a two-week period, from one location to another and with snowy circumstances, so I knew I was not gonna be in a position to nurse performances, and so I felt I needed home-run hitters; people that I could depend on to have their own ideas, have confidence in those ideas,″ he said.

Penn added that unless he wins the lottery, he can’t afford to quit acting and concentrate on directing.

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