Milking It: Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn And SFist's Open Casting Call

In January director Gus Van Sant will begin production on Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic starring none other than Bay Area roustabout Sean Penn as the gay rights icon and activist, who was assassinated by fellow supervisor Dan White in 1978 — to be played by Matt Dillon.

SFist attended the open casting call on Saturday where he attempted and failed to snap a covert BlackBerry photo of Van Sant himself, and then attempted and failed to snag a callback for a speaking role in the film. Tough breaks.

pic from San Francisco Sentinel

— Brian Bernbaum

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