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Penn hopes Haiti critics die of rectal cancer

The controversial Mystic River star has been so caught up in the relief effort in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in recent weeks, he hasn’t paid attention to what politicians and newsmakers have been saying about him.

But, now he’s home, the 49-year-old can’t believe his actions have upset so many people – and he’s disturbed that his critics can’t just see the good in what he’s trying to do in Haiti, where he helped establish a private relief organisation.

In a taped TV interview, which will air this weekend on CBS News’ Sunday Morning, Penn rages, “Do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah. You know, but I’m not going to spend a lot of energy on it.”

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He isn’t letting the criticism affect his plans to return to Haiti – and he’s taking his teenage kids with him: “They’re gonna help… The first person served by service is the server. You know, there’s nobody in the world that isn’t looking for a kind of purpose in life, and tangible purpose is the most immediately recognisable.”

And Penn insists his celebrity input is helping the people of Haiti: “We were able to get X-ray machines, and ventilators, and do all kinds of things.”

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