Sean Penn admitted he can’t shake the thought of going again to Ukraine and fairly actually becoming a member of the combat in opposition to Russia in a brand new interview with Hollywood Genuine.
The actor/filmmaker occurred to be in Ukraine engaged on a documentary when Russia first invaded. Whereas he’s been again in the US since March, Penn mentioned he plans to return to Ukraine in some unspecified time in the future, though he doesn’t know when as a result of ongoing battle, in addition to his personal apprehensions: “I’m not an fool,” he mentioned, “I’m not sure what I can provide.”
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 wish 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 lady who may combat for longer or no matter.”
He added, “[I]f you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your thoughts. And also you sort of assume what century is that this? As a result of I used to be on the gasoline station in Brentwood the opposite day and I’m now desirous about taking on arms in opposition to Russia? What the fuck is occurring?”
Within the meantime, Penn mentioned he would attempt to keep busy by aiding his non-profit group, CORE (Group organized Aid Effort), which is supporting Ukrainian refugees in Poland and will transfer into Ukraine quickly to offer assets on the bottom. Whereas Penn isn’t concerned in working the group — that’s dealt with by CEO and co-founder Ann Lee — he mentioned his future hands-on involvement could contain “morale boosting as a result of folks like understanding that the founder acknowledges what they’re doing. And a few of them is likely to be film followers or no matter.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Penn spoke in regards to the documentary he was engaged on earlier than the Russian invasion in addition to his admiration for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. (The truth is, Penn is such an admirer, he lately threatened to “smelt” his Oscar in public if Zelensky wasn’t invited to talk on the 2022 Academy Awards. That didn’t occur, although Zelensky did make an look on the Grammys one week later by way of pre-recorded video message.)
Penn mentioned he was with Zelensky the day earlier than the invasion, and after it began, he was struck by how shortly Zelensky realized knew “he needed to rise to the final word stage of human braveness and management.” He added, “[Ukrainians] are collectively like by no means earlier than and, as I mentioned, that’s the historic legacy of Zelensky, as a result of he’s the person who did it. They’ll by no means have the ability to take it away from him that he unified the Ukrainians to combat for his or her nation.”