Actor Sean Penn is on the bottom in Ukraine making a documentary in regards to the Russian invasion, Vice Studios confirmed to Variety on Thursday, as Russia began a full-scale attack on its neighbor.
The Oscar-winning star and longtime humanitarian activist appeared at a press briefing by the Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv on Thursday, listening to authorities officers communicate in regards to the disaster many world leaders are calling the worst battle in Europe since 1945.
Penn beforehand visited Ukraine in November 2021 to analysis for the movie. His visits with the Ukrainian army have been documented by the Ukrainian joint forces operation press service, which posted photographs of the meetups on social media on the time.
In line with Newsweek, Penn arrived in Kyiv earlier this week and met with deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk, in addition to native journalists and members of the army.
The workplace of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued an announcement by way of the Ukrainian embassy in reward of the actor and director, who “specifically got here to Kyiv to document all of the occasions which can be presently taking place in Ukraine and to inform the world the reality about Russia’s invasion of our nation”.
“Sean Penn is amongst those that help Ukraine in Ukraine right this moment. Our nation is grateful to him for such a present of braveness and honesty,” the translated assertion learn.
The assertion additionally mentioned Penn “is demonstrating bravery that many others have been missing, specifically some Western politicians. The extra individuals like that – true associates of Ukraine, who help the combat for freedom – the faster we will cease this heinous invasion by Russia”.
This isn’t the primary time Penn has put himself within the heart of a disaster. The 61-year-old actor directed the 2020 Discovery Plus documentary Citizen Penn, in regards to the course of of creating his non-profit Group Organized Aid Effort, or Core, within the wake the devastating earthquakes in Haiti in 2010. Core additionally helped deploy groups for Covid-19 testing and vaccination throughout the pandemic.
In January 2016, Penn printed an unique – and extremely controversial – interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in Rolling Stone; Penn’s covert journey to go to with the Sinaloan cartel chief, who escaped from jail in 2015, contributed to his arrest by Mexican authorities.
Penn later said he had “horrible remorse” that his interview and 10,000-word article didn’t obtain its true goal of fixing the dialog in regards to the conflict on medication.