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Sean Penn in ‘This Must Be the Place’ + Cher — Dead Ringers?

Sean Penn + Cher
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Sean Penn is one of just a handful of actors who have the ability to completely transform to fit their screen personas. He famously became gay activist Harvey Milk for the lead role in ‘Milk,’ which won him the Oscar for Best Actor in 2009; and the grieving father in another Oscar-winning performance for ‘Mystic River.’ Now, he’s taking on another transformative role in ‘This Must Be the Place,’ where he portrays a busted, run-down musician with big hair and tons of makeup. Yes, Sean Penn is portraying Cher…

… Unofficially, anyway.

Even if Penn didn’t have the disco ball diva from gay men’s past in mind when dreaming up his role as retired rock star Cheyenne, he does look and act like a goth-inspired drag queen with the same busted features that make us all want to “Turn Back Time.” And isn’t that what Cher is all about now?

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