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Brat Abuse

June 08, 1986

The "Brat Packers" simply do not merit the attention they are getting.

Merit is the central issue here. The only dues Sean Penn ever paid was to have actor/director Leo Penn as his father. Ditto Timothy Hutton, Nicolas Cage (Francis Coppola's nephew, I believe) and Emilio-I-did-it-all-on-my-own-Estevez-Sheen and scores of other snotty-nosed, no-talent don't-take-my-picture-jerks who make it because of nepotism.

The Robert Duvalls and Rip Torns of today have little chance to prove their worth in a market filled with industry brats.

PERCY THOMPSON-WOLF

Burbank

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