Sean Penn wanted to name his son 'Steak'

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A new interview with Hopper Penn, the son of actress Robin Wright and longform journalist Sean Penn, was posted by Interview magazine on Tuesday. When your name is Hopper, you can only expect that someone is going to ask you why your name is Hopper, and that's precisely what John Ortved did. Young Penn explained it graciously:

It has to do with Dennis Hopper; my dad was friendly with him and idolized him. My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much. But my mom was never going to go for it. What they told me is that I hopped in her stomach, I didn't kick, so they went with that.

Just think: In a parallel universe in which only men get to choose their offspring's name, you could be known as Lawnmower, Motorcycle, Cigar, Goodfellas, or, yes, even Steak.

See photos of Sean Penn with his son, Hopper, through the years:

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 3: Actor Sean Penn and son Hopper attend the 'I Am Sam' Beverly Hills Premiere on December 3, 2001 at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
404402 09: Actor Sean Penn spends the day shopping with his daughter, Dylan Frances (L) and son Hopper Jack on Sunset Plaza April 23, 2002 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor Sean Penn (L) arrives with his son Hopper at the premiere of 'Dogtown and Z-Boys,' which he narrated, 23 April 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. The film is a documentary feature on the birth of modern skateboarding. AFP PHOTO/Lucy Nicholson (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Sean Penn, Hopper Jack Penn, Dylan Frances Penn and Robin Wright Penn (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Sean Penn and Jack Hopper Penn during Celebrities Attend Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sean Penn and Hopper Penn attends amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 19, 2011 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/amfAR11/Getty Images for amfAR)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Sean Penn and son Hopper Penn attend the 'This Must Be The Place' Premiere during the 64th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Hopper Jack Penn and Sean Penn are seen in Hollywood on May 07, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Actor Hopper Penn (L) and Uma Von Wittkamp attend the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, an unprecedented collaboration between the country's leading immunologists and cancer centers on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Parker Media)
(FromL) US actor Hopper Penn, French actress Adele Exarchopoulos and US actor and director Sean Penn pose as they arrive on May 20, 2016 for the screening of the film 'The Last Face' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
South African-US actress Charlize Theron and US director Sean Penn's son Hopper Jack Pennposea s they arrive on May 20, 2016 for the screening of the film 'The Last Face' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Hopper Penn, Director Sean Penn and Dylan Penn attend 'The Last Face' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Javier Bardem, Hopper Jack Penn, Adele Exarchopoulos and Sean Penn attend a screening of 'The Last Face' at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Hopper Penn and his father director Sean Penn attend 'The Last Face' Premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)'n'n'n'n'n
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