Although he is back to California after filming in war-torn Ukraine, actor Sean Penn revealed that he thought about ‘taking up arms against Russia“saying that” if you’ve been to Ukraine, [fighting] must come to mind. ‘
The filmmaker has spent the past few months in Ukraine filming a VICE documentary about President Volodymyr Zelensky and forced the country’s military.
Well, said the 61-year-old Penn Hollywood Authentic in an April 9 interview, his’ intention is to return to Ukraine, ‘although he is’ not sure what [he] can bid. ‘
‘The only possible reason I stayed longer in Ukraine last time would have been to keep a gun, probably without armor, because as a foreigner you would want to give that body weapon to one of the civil warriors who does not have it or to a fighter with more skills than I have, or to a younger man or woman who could fight longer or whatever, ‘Penn told the outlet.
‘So, where I am in life is short to do that, but if you’ve been to Ukraine [fighting] must about your mind. And you think what a century this is? Because I was sitting at the gas station in Brentwood the other day and I’m thinking about taking up arms against Russia? What the f — is going on? ‘
Sean Penn, 61, told Hollywood Authentic that he was “thinking about taking up arms against Russia” while at the gas station in Brentwood, California, shortly after returning from the war-torn country.
Penn, left, is pictured with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky. Penn, who was with Zelensky when Russia first invaded Ukraine, wrote the president for the unification of the country
Penn was pictured at a press conference in Rzeszow, Poland last month announcing a partnership between the city and its non-profit, CORE, to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing there. However, the Oscar-winning activist said that when he returns to Ukraine, he can ‘send one message through the chief of staff’ to see how he can help otherwise
Murderers are pictured gathering on April 12 around the coffin of Ukrainian military Roman Tiaka, 47, who was killed during the invasion of Russia. Penn described the ‘rite of passion’ of covering war zones where you ask yourself ‘how would I react?’
The director intends to continue filming the ongoing conflict for his documentary. In the interview, however, Penn questioned whether there is ‘tangible evidence that documentaries really change anything.’
“We only know that can give hope,” he said.
The activist and Oscar-winning director, who was physically involved in rescuing people after Hurricane Katrina and conducting a secret interview with Sinaloa cartel boss El Chapo in 2016, told the outlet that ‘statistically speaking, I never really took risks . ‘
‘And that includes 2003 Baghdad, when I was on my own outside the Green Zone … you probably had one in 100 chances of being killed.’
Typically, Penn said, he has never been ‘a conflict zone journalist who stays for months or years in a place that is really sketchy, and never one who had no choice but to be there and live there.’
He told the outlet that it was possible to become ‘fascinated by conflict’ and ‘intellectually very anti-war’ at the same time.
‘There is a rite of passage while you are in or near that has to do with some basic questions you ask yourself: how would I respond? Could I keep enough oxygen in my brain to make clear judgments? Will you be harmed by being in a war, emotionally or psychologically? ‘
‘I think there’s a certain part of my own striving that is influenced by those questions that ask answers at a certain level. And so, yes, I do not think it would be fair to say that I was not a part of it. ‘
Penn first arrived in the capital of Kiev when Russia first invaded Ukraine in February – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky even announced the director’s presence on his official Facebook page.
Penn was pictured at a press conference of the Presidential Office in Ukraine on February 24. The actor said he saw a change in the leader of Ukraine after Russia first invaded: ‘It struck me that I was now looking at a man who knew he had to rise to the ultimate level of human courage and leadership ‘
Penn told the outlet that ‘if you’ve been to Ukraine, [fighting] must come to mind. ‘ Field engineers in Ukraine are pictured next to destroyed armored cars on a street in the city of Bucha on April 5
‘The American actor and film director, Oscar winner Sean Penn came to Ukraine,’ reads the message. “The director came specifically to Kiev to record all the events taking place in Ukraine as a documentary filmmaker and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.”
Penn wrote Zelensky with the unification of the country of Ukraine in the face of disaster.
‘They are together like never before and, as I said, that’s the historical legacy of Zelensky, because he is the man who did it.’
“They will never be able to deny that he united the Ukrainians to fight for their country.”
Penn first met the Ukrainian president before the conflict, recalling him as ‘very charming, and very clear and very charismatic’. When Russia began attacking, Penn said, he saw a shift in Zelensky.
Penn, on the right, is pictured visiting positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the front line with Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk region, Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) walks down the street in retreat by the Ukrainian army Bucha city of Kiev on April 4. Penn said Zelensky’s ‘historic legacy’ will bring Ukraine together ‘like never before’
‘To see Zelensky a day before the invasion, I would say, is the reason he would not feel completely tested. And when I saw him the other day, it struck me that I was now looking at a guy who knows he needs to rise to the ultimate level of human courage and leadership. I think he found out he was born for it. ‘
Currently, Penn’s non-profit CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), set up in 2010 to help earthquake victims in Haiti, is helping Ukrainian refugees flee to Poland, and Penn said their resources may ‘try to cross the border. to add to the resources that are so short. ‘
More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since Russia invaded the country on February 24, according to United Nations data, which represents the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.
When he returns to the country, Penn will evaluate what else he can do to help.
‘I do not spend much time texting the President or his staff while they are under siege and their people are being killed. I would probably send one message through the Chief of Staff. “Here’s what I’m looking to do that I think would be of value. You just have to answer me in one of two ways: do not come or come and do what you intend, or come, but here’s where. ‘ t you could be more helpful, “he said.
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