Sean Penn is well-known for his attention-grabbing stunts and provocative commentary.
In his latest escapade, the Hollywood actor is saying he might go to Ukraine to fight the Russian army, Fox News reported.
Sean Penn going to war?
The Fast Times at Ridgemont High actor was in Ukraine recently filming a documentary about the Russian invasion.
Reflecting on the time he spent in Kyiv, Penn, 61, told the Hollywood Authentic that he has since contemplated “taking up arms” to help liberate Ukraine from the Russian attack.
“If you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your mind. And you kind of think what century is this? Because I was 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?” he said.
The notorious narcissist added that if he had stayed to fight, he wouldn’t use any body armor “because as a foreigner, you would want to give that body armor to one of the civilian fighters who doesn’t have it or to a fighter with more skills than I have.”
Penn praised Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, who he met during his visit, as a hero who has demonstrated “the ultimate level of human courage and leadership.”
“Not certain what I can offer”
Penn’s trip was warmly received by Ukraine’s leaders, with Ukraine’s embassy saying that Penn “demonstrates the courage that many others, especially Western politicians lack,” while Zelensky himself drew attention to Penn’s visit.
“The director came to Kyiv specifically to record all the events taking place in Ukraine as a documentary filmmaker and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country,” Zelensky said.
For his part, Penn said his “intention is to go back into Ukraine,” but he is “not certain what I can offer.” He also said he isn’t sure what his documentary will accomplish, but that it may give people “hope.” Penn also has a nonprofit, CORE, that is helping refugees in Poland.
There is technically nothing stopping him from fighting: Zelensky has invited any foreigners willing to lay down their lives for Ukraine to join the foreign legion.
This certainly isn’t the first time Penn has appeared to use humanitarian disasters as a stage for his grandiose fantasies. In 2005, Penn was famously photographed treading through the flooded streets of New Orleans with a shotgun after Hurricane Katrina.