CityPress - - Front Page - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

Weeks af­ter their much­pub­li­cised split, Char­l­ize Theron and Sean Penn are headed back to South Africa to shoot more scenes for his latest di­rec­to­rial ef­fort, The Last Face.

The Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters will film ad­di­tional movie scenes in Cape Town over two weeks, a well-placed source told City Press.

This may be awk­ward given their re­cent breakup – which elicited a tabloid frenzy in Bev­erly Hills and be­yond.

Penn was spot­ted at the Mother City’s five-star Mount Nel­son Ho­tel on Fri­day.

A wit­ness at the plush ho­tel said Penn looked grumpy, caus­ing her to re­frain from ask­ing for a pic­ture with him.

Theron, who is cur­rently in the UK, is ex­pected to ar­rive in Cape Town on Wed­nes­day.

Theron (39) and Penn (54) flaunted their af­fec­tion for each other on red car­pets world­wide dur­ing their one and a half years to­gether.

But last month Hol­ly­wood.com re­ported that his “se­ri­ous­ness and lack of hav­ing fun” caused their siz­zle to fiz­zle.

Their break-up put the con­cept of “ghost­ing” on the pop cul­ture map. Ac­cord­ing to ru­mour, Theron ghosted Penn – this is when a lover stops re­spond­ing to his or her part­ner’s mes­sages. The New York Times called ghost­ing “the ul­ti­mate silent treat­ment”.

Mean­while, a source who worked on The Last Face told City Press the pair had sev­eral fights on set. “Of the 63 shoot­ing days, I’d say there were about three ma­jor dis­agree­ments. The thing is, Sean is a per­fec­tion­ist, and Char­l­ize is just as out­spo­ken. So you can imag­ine,” the source said.

The Last Face, which fea­tures Theron and Javier Bar­dem as doc­tors who fall in love while work­ing in refugee camps, is ex­pected to be re­leased close to Christ­mas.

It was filmed in the coun­try over three months last year, with no­table shoots in­clud­ing one with 3 000 ex­tras on Cape Town’s Long Street and some “jun­gle scenes” at Mzamba on KwaZu­luNatal’s south coast.

Last year Penn cel­e­brated his birth­day – on Au­gust 17 – at Die Strandloper res­tau­rant, which over­looks the Lange­baan La­goon about 125km from Cape Town on the west coast.

Twelve guests at the birth­day party, in­clud­ing Theron’s mother, Gerda, and her adopted son, tod­dler Jack­son, tucked into snoek and mus­sels.

Jack­son was en­rolled at the pres­ti­gious Red­dam House in Green Point while Theron worked on the movie. Par­ents at the school told City Press they saw her drop him off per­son­ally in the morn­ings.

The pro­duc­tion’s swish wrap party was hosted on Novem­ber 5 at Koi Res­tau­rant, in­side the Am­bas­sador Ho­tel, which of­fers floor-to-ceil­ing views of Cape Town’s Bantry Bay.

At the party, the film’s stars and crew were treated to sushi canapés while Penn de­liv­ered a speech. Among other things, he told the crowd that The Last Face was “a love let­ter to my girl­friend, Char­l­ize”.

This week, Theron was spot­ted in the UK smok­ing a cig­a­rette on the set of The Hunts­man, a pre­quel to Snow White and The Hunts­man. She will reprise her role as Queen Ravenna.

Mean­while, tabloids re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Fri­day Night Lights ac­tress Minka Kelly (35) de­nied via Twit­ter that she was dat­ing Penn, af­ter the two were seen get­ting cosy at her birth­day din­ner.


THE WAY THEY WERE Ac­tors Sean Penn and Char­l­ize Theron at­tend the pre­miere of Mad Max: Fury Road in May dur­ing the 68th an­nual Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in France. Theron stars as Im­per­a­tor Fu­riosa in the film

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