RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that Sean Penn is desperate to win Charlize Theron back — but not for the reasons anyone might assume!
"Sean is shaking in his boots now that Charlize wants nothing to do with him or The Last Face," the Africa-based movie he directed and she starred in for him, explained an insider.
"The movie flopped at Cannes, so Charlize is right to back away, but Sean is desperate to firm up distribution for the movie and he needs her help," said the source.
That might be easier said than done.
The former couple's sudden falling out with each other came to a head last May when Penn, 56, and 41-year-old Theron were spotted exchanging an icy kiss during the Cannes film festival.
Since then, "She's turned her back on him completely and there are a lot of bitter feelings between the two — she's essentially made herself completely unavailable in the coming months," the insider told Radar.
"Sean's been trying to appeal to the warm-hearted woman he used to know with notes and flowers, but so far everything has been sent back unopened."
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