Actor Sean Penn is continuous to voice his assist for Ukraine amid Russia’s unprovoked invasion of the nation.
The 61-year-old “Useless Man Strolling” star has been engaged on a documentary about escalating tensions within the nation since final yr, and flew to Ukraine in February to get a firsthand have a look at the battle.
After spending a while on the bottom in Kyiv, the actor instructed Hollywood Genuine journal that he just lately thought of taking on arms in opposition to Russia.
“Should you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your thoughts,” Penn mentioned within the interview printed Saturday.
“And also you type of assume what century is that this? As a result of I used to be on the fuel station in Brentwood the opposite day and I’m now interested by taking on arms in opposition to Russia? What the f— is happening?”
Penn continued: “The one attainable cause for me staying in Ukraine longer final time would’ve been for me to be holding a rifle, most likely with out physique armor, as a result of as a foreigner, you’ll need to give that physique armor to one of many civilian fighters who doesn’t have it or to a fighter with extra expertise than I’ve, or to a youthful man or girl who may battle for longer or no matter.”
Penn has revealed that he’s “interested by taking on arms in opposition to Russia.”Getty Photographs
The Ukrainian embassy launched an announcement on Penn’s efforts to movie the documentary following the actor’s go to to Kyiv.
“Sean Penn demonstrates the braveness that many others, particularly Western politicians lack. The extra such individuals in our nation now, true associates of Ukraine, who assist the battle for freedom, the earlier will probably be attainable to cease Russia’s treacherous assault,” the Ukrainian embassy instructed Newsweek in a translated assertion.
In his Hollywood Genuine interview, Penn additionally opened up about assembly Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “the day earlier than the invasion” and being with him “through the invasion, on day one.”
Sean Penn and the Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski signal a humanitarian contract aiding Ukrainian refugees in Poland.Getty Photographs
Seeing Zelensky on that day, he mentioned, “it struck me that I used to be now taking a look at a man who knew that he needed to rise to the last word degree of human braveness and management. I believe he came upon that he was born to try this.”
Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a large-scale invasion on Feb. 24 utilizing land, air, and naval forces.
The invasion has drawn condemnation world wide and more and more extreme financial sanctions in opposition to Russia.
In the meantime, two-time Oscar star Penn has a popularity for displaying as much as hazard zones. He traveled to New Orleans within the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the place he was photographed rescuing individuals stranded by the storm.