Nature Boys

Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder talk about age, rage and their new film

David Johnson for TIME

Sean Penn and Eddie Vedder, left to right, photographed at the Regency Hotel in New York City on September 6, 2007.

They're both rich and famous, they're both notoriously earnest and left-leaning, they both have reputations for being emotionally tortured. So it makes a kind of cosmic sense that Sean Penn and Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder would be friends; they have been since 1995, when Vedder wrote music for Dead Man Walking, in which Penn starred. Both are currently experiencing second acts, Penn as a director and Vedder as a film composer. The duo have now collaborated: Vedder has written the sound track for Penn's movie Into the Wild, based on the book by Jon Krakauer. Later this month Vedder...

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