Sean Penn, 62, gave one among his Academy Awards to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Nov. 8. The actor, who has two Oscars, together with one for his function within the 2003 movie Mystic River and one other for his function in 2008’s Milk, sat down for a gathering with the chief throughout his second go to to Kyiv, Ukraine this yr after the nation went to battle with Russia in Feb. A video of the memorable and touching second was launched by Ukraine’s presidential press-service shortly after it occurred.
Sean Penn has given his Oscar to Ukraine – @ZelenskyyUa
Thank you, sir!
It is an honor for us. pic.twitter.com/vx2UfEVTds
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 8, 2022
“This is for you,” Sean, who wore a white t-shirt and denims, informed Zelensky after he shook his hand, sat down, and pulled the Oscar out of a black bag. “It’s only a symbolic foolish factor, but when I do know that is right here with you then I’ll really feel higher and stronger for the battle.” At first, the president refused to simply accept the statue, whereas he said, “That is yours” and known as it “an important honor,” however Sean insisted he maintain it. “When you win, convey it again to Malibu. I’ll really feel a lot better realizing a chunk of me is right here,” he stated. Zelensky then stated, “Okay” as he shook his hand once more.
Zelensky, who, like Sean, was an actor earlier than he turned Ukraine’s president, was later seen proudly placing the Oscar on the mantelpiece in his presidential workplace. He additionally went on to current Sean with a Ukrainian Order of Merit to thank him “for his honest help and vital contribution to the popularisation of Ukraine on the planet.”