Sean Penn, 62, gave one in every of his Academy Awards to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Nov. 8. The actor, who has two Oscars, together with one for his position within the 2003 movie Mystic River and one other for his position in 2008’s Milk, sat down for a gathering with the chief throughout his second go to to Kyiv, Ukraine this 12 months after the nation went to struggle with Russia in Feb. A video of the memorable and touching second was launched by Ukraine’s presidential press-service shortly after it came about.
Sean Penn has given his Oscar to Ukraine – @ZelenskyyUa
It’s an honor for us. pic.twitter.com/vx2UfEVTds
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 8, 2022
“That 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 combat.” At first, the president refused to simply accept the statue, whereas he said, “That’s yours” and known as it “a terrific honor,” however Sean insisted he preserve it. “Whenever you win, convey it again to Malibu. I’ll really feel a lot better understanding 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 grew to become 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 Advantage to thank him “for his honest help and important contribution to the popularisation of Ukraine on the earth.”