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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 2:22 am | Updated: 6:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

ROME - Emile Hirsch says a lot of people can relate to his "Into the Wild" character's sense of wanderlust.

He and director Sean Penn attended a Rome Film Festival screening Wednesday of Penn's adaptation of the best-selling book about Christopher McCandless - whose restless wanderings left him starved to death in Alaska at 24.

"Everybody wants to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Everybody wants to step outside their comfort zone if they get an opportunity to," the 22-year-old Hirsch told a news conference.

Penn agreed - but "not to the point of recommending some kind of reckless self-endangerment, but certainly to the point of making your heart beat a little faster."

Penn, 47, kept his sunglasses on the entire time.

"You have to forgive me, I drank too much of Rome's red wine last night," he said.

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