Sean Penn Almost Gave His Son The Most Badass Name Ever But His Wife Robin Somehow Talked Him Out Of It

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Though I’ve never actually met Sean Penn I’ve always assumed that he and I don’t really have anything in common. I have been close to him before as I once attended the red carpet premiere of Fair Game at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, the film he co-starred in with Naomi Watts. That night he also came to the Vanity Fair after party where I was also in attendance at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, which was coincidentally one of the most fun nights of my life. That night I didn’t see Sean Penn enjoying himself at all even though they were pouring Belvedere and Veuve for free all night, popping bottles left and right, Penn just looked bored as hell.

That’s most of the reason I’ve always assumed that Sean Penn and I don’t have much in common, because he doesn’t seem like a guy that can have a good time, but I was wrong and I found that out today after reading an article on PageSix about how Sean Penn almost named his son Hopper Penn something entirely different, something totally badass.

via PageSix:

Hopper Penn was almost of the victim of his father Sean Penn’s obsession with red meat.
“My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much,” Hopper, now 22, revealed in Interview magazine’s Ones to Watch issue. But Hopper says his mother Robin Wright wasn’t keen on the idea.
So where did his name Hopper come from?
“It has to do with Dennis Hopper; my dad was friendly with him and idolized him,” Hopper added. “What they told me is that I hopped in her stomach, I didn’t kick, so they went with that.”

Could you imagine going through life with the first name STEAK? How badass would that be?!?!? Don’t get me wrong, I’m fond of my own name ‘Casspaul’ because I’ve yet to meet another Casspaul in the world (it’s not French, I’m Scottish/German, it’s just an amalgam of two family names because my mother wanted it). Still though, I’d trade my name Cass for ‘Steak’ any day, and I’m absolutely not one of those people that goes to college and gives himself a nickname. Those people are weird as shit and need to be called out on how weird it is to give yourself a nickname. But if you want to start calling my Steak instead of Cass, I won’t stop you, the only problem I foresee is that my Twitter handle is @casspa.

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(via PageSix)