Actor Sean Penn continues to express his support for Ukraine amid the unprovoked invasion of the country of Russia.
The 61-year-old “Dead Man Walking” star has been working on a documentary about escalating tensions in the country since last year, and flew to Ukraine in February to see the war first hand.
After spending some time on the ground in Kiev, the actor told Hollywood Authentic magazine that he recently thought about taking up arms against Russia.
“If you’ve been to Ukraine [fighting] should cross your mind, “Penn said in the interview published on Saturday.
“And you think a little bit about what century this is? Because I was sitting at the gas station in Brentwood the other day and I’m now thinking about taking up arms against Russia? What the f— is going on?”
Penn continued: “The only possible reason I would have stayed longer in Ukraine for the 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 civilian fighters who not having either to a hunter with more skills than I have, or to a younger man or woman who can fight longer or whatever. “
The Ukrainian embassy published a statement on Penn’s efforts to film the documentary following the actor’s visit to Kiev.
“Sean Penn shows the courage that many others, especially Western politicians, lack. The more such people are now in our country, true friends of Ukraine, who support the fight for freedom, the sooner it is possible to to stop Russia’s treacherous attack, “the Ukrainian embassy told Newsweek in a translated statement.
In his Hollywood Authentic interview, Penn also opened a meeting about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “the day before the invasion” and being with him “during the invasion, on day one.”
When he saw Zelensky on that day, he said, “It struck me that I was now looking for a man who knew he needed to be at the ultimate level of human courage and leadership. I think he felt he was born is to do that. “
Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a large-scale invasion in February. 24 with land, air and naval forces.
The invasion has led to worldwide condemnation and increasingly severe economic sanctions against Russia.
Meanwhile, the two-time Oscar star Penn has a reputation for looking at danger zones. He traveled to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where he was photographed rescuing people stranded by the storm.