Cannes 2012: Sean Penn Shocks, but Who Else Stole the Spotlight?

Three days in, the fab seaside film fest has already scored its fair share of whoppers and plain ol' showstoppers

By Alexis L. Loinaz May 18, 2012 8:30 PMTags
Eva Longoria, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sean Penn, Cannes Film FestivalGareth Cattermole, Dave J Hogan, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Talk about Gallic gall!

It's been three days since the 65th Cannes Film Festival teed off, and already the French fete has scored its fair share of whoppers, shockers and plain ol' showstoppers.

So who's been making waves at the seaside shindig?

Topping our list of headline-grabbers is outspoken actor-activist Sean Penn, who let his potty mouth run verdantly, scintillatingly wild on Friday when he chastised the media for abandoning Haiti after the country's devastating earthquake in 2010. "It's not only celebrities who went for a day," he scoffed at a news conference. "It's the whole f--king world. It's all of you." Yes, whole wide world—that's all 7 billion of you. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Meanwhile, funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen scored some big laughs—for all the wrong reasons—when he nearly tumbled off a camel Wednesday during the outlandish promotional blitz for his politically incorrect laffer The Dictator. A closer forensic inspection of the incident reveals that Cohen couldn't decide if he was trying to regain his balance or trying out for the Radio City Rockettes.

Oh sorry, did you say something? We were in deep thought trying to chart the topography of the newly surfaced land mass known as the Eva Longoria Dress Train. Yes, the pint-size fashionista unfurled the longest dress known to man. The Great Wall of China's got nothing on this baby, which you can probably see from space. In fact, if you squint and tilt your head just so, you can definitely spot little tourists peeking their heads out and snapping photos. Yep, this train's off the rails.

So which other celebs got tongues wagging in Cannes? Take a peek at our gallery of star sightings!

PHOTOS: 2012 Cannes Film Festival—Star Sightings