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Sean Penn Says Thought Of Fighting In Ukraine Has Crossed His Mind




Sean Penn says the idea of taking up arms in Ukraine has crossed his mind as the country’s war with Russia rages on.

In an interview with Hollywood Authentic, the 61-year-old Oscar winner shared more on his humanitarian work in Ukraine, as well as his documentary covering the conflict.

Stating that he wasn’t a war journalist or a soldier, Penn offered that he’d “never really taken any risks at all” despite once working in conflict-torn Bagdad in 2003.

Asked about his feelings towards returning to the warzone in Ukraine, Penn replied: “The only possible reason for me staying in Ukraine longer last time would’ve been for me to be holding a rifle, probably with no body armour, because as a foreigner, you would want to give that body armour to one of the civilian fighters who doesn’t have it or a fighter with more skills than I have.”


“So, where I am in life is short of doing that, but if you’ve been in Ukraine [fighting] has to cross your mind.” He explained, “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 in Russia? What the f**k is going on?”

Penn, who recently threatened to smelt his own Academy Award if the 2022 Oscars did not give air time to Ukraine, is providing humanitarian assistance to refugees in Ukraine through his CORE organisation.

Though he confirmed his intention was to return to Ukraine, Penn said: “But I’m not an idiot, I am not certain what I can offer. I don’t spend a lot of time texting the president or his staff while they’re under siege and their people are being murdered.”

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