Sean Penn Takes Hiatus to Spend Time with Family

Sean Penn Takes Hiatus to Spend Time with Family
Sean Penn
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06/17/2009 AT 12:15 PM EDT

Sayonara Stooges. Hello kids.

Sean Penn is going on an indefinite hiatus from acting to spend time with his family, specifically his two teenage children, daughter Dylan, 18, and son Hopper, 15.

The time off comes as a surprise, especially to the producers of what was to be his next two films, the Mafia-thriller Cartel, and the hotly-anticipated Three Stooges, where Penn was to portray curly-haired dimwit Larry opposite Jim Carrey's Curly and Benicio Del Toro's Moe.

But Penn has greater priorities than taking one across the kisser. "Right now Sean wants to focus on being with his kids," a source close to Penn tells PEOPLE.

Since winning the Oscar for Milk in February, it has been a tumultuous few months for Penn. In April, he filed for legal separation from his wife of 13 years, actress Robin Wright Penn. Less then a month later, he filed a request to dismiss the case, though sources stopped short of calling the move a reconciliation between the pair. It was the second time the couple had split and then called of their divorce.

It is unclear what the time off will mean for the future of Penn's marriage – or for the two productions that he left up in the air. Sources have indicated that the Farrelly Brothers, who are helming the Stooges movie, would be willing to wait for Penn to start production.

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