Sean Penn presented one of his Oscar trophies to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
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In the video posted by the Ukrainian President, Penn told Zelensky, “It’s just a symbolic silly thing, but if I know this is here then I’ll feel better and strong enough for the fights. When you win, bring it back to Malibu because I’ll feel much better knowing there’s a piece of me here.”
During the event, Sean Penn also said, “there are three places in the world that all the pride of my life will be. The place where my daughter was born, the place where my son was born and this.”
Zelensky and Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine posted a video on social media. The video showed the Ukrainian President awarding actor Sean Penn the country’s Order of Merit.
Actor Sean Penn has won two Academy Awards. His first Oscar came in 2003 for Mystic River, while his second came in 2008 for Milk. The actor was also nominated in the same category for the films Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown and I Am Sam.
Sean Penn is also an activist and an advocate of numerous political and social issues around the world. He was in Ukraine in February of this year filming a documentary about the Russian invasion in collaboration with VICE Studios. His support for Ukraine compelled him to leave the nation and he joined the Ukrainians across the Polish border.
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Sean Penn also praised Zelensky earlier this year during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He said, “The presence of something that was new to the modern world in terms of courage and dignity and love that comes out of the man.” He further added, “This is an extraordinary moment. The way he has unified that country. And I think Mr. Putin certainly paved the way for that. I was endlessly impressed and moved by him and terrified for him and for Ukraine”.