Hollywood actor gives Oscar to Ukraine President Zelensky. Read about the heartwarming story here.
Being the artiste's third visit to the country since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sean Penn, 62-year-old hollywood actor & director gifted one of his two Oscars to Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine President on Tuesday as a symbol of solidarity with the war-torn country. He said that he would feel “better and stronger for the fights” if his award stays there.
In the video shared by Zelensky's office, Penn is heard saying the following words -
“This is for you. I feel terrible outside. It’s just a symbolic silly thing, but if I know this is here with you then I’ll feel better and stronger for the fights”.
Moved by the unique gesture of the American star, Zelensky says “It's so great! I am Honoured. We have to win” Zelensky says observing the Oscars trophy.
Penn replies “When you win, bring it back to Malibu,”.
“Sean brought his Oscar statuette as a symbol of faith in the victory of our country, It will be in Ukraine until the end of the war.” Zelensky wrote in a post after the exchange.
In return, Sean Penn was awarded by Zelensky with the Order of Merit, III degree - "for supporting and popularizing Ukraine in the world".
The Ukrainian president also added the actor’s name to the “Walk of the Brave” in Kyiv, which honours leaders and representatives from other countries for supporting Ukraine.
Penn said "There are three places in the world, where all the pride of my life will be; the place my daughter was born, the place where my son was born and this. Thank you, I really appreciate it".