Penn notes how disrespectfully he was treated during his first audition in Los Angeles. He recounts the story in an article appearing on rediff.com:
"It was the first audition I went on in Los Angeles for a commercial. I walked into the audition and the casting director said 'Where's your turban?' I said, 'I don't wear a turban; I am not a Sikh.'
I started to explain the difference but she got very upset and said, 'Well, can you go home and put on a bed sheet or something?'
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