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Mar052011

Sean Penn: Charlie Sheen Has a Lot to Offer Haiti

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After his whirlwind week of media appearances, Charlie Sheen says he'll now be focusing his exceptional energy in one of the last places you'd expect: the ongoing Haitian relief effort.

Speaking with Access Hollywood on Friday, Sheen said that he and his friend Sean Penn were planning a trip to Haiti and that he wants to help focus the attention of the world back on the devastated Caribbean nation.

He did not indicate when they would be leaving.

According to Oscar winner and long-time Sheen friend Sean Penn, the troubled actor has a lot to offer the island country that was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 that killed an estimated 316,000 people.

"I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people," Penn said in a statement Friday.

"Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit. I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff," Penn added.

Since the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, Penn has become a major spokesman of relief efforts to help the estimated 1.3 million people who lost their homes.

"If [Sheen] chooses to give support, I'll trust it," Penn said of Sheen.

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