Sean Penn gives Zelensky an Oscar until Ukraine wins the war

By -  iMediaBuzz Team

Actor Sean Penn, who is making a documentary about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has lent one of his two Oscars to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and told him: "When you win, bring it back to Malibu. "

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Zelensky's office on Wednesday released video of the encounter during Penn's most recent visit to Ukraine, his third since February.

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24 Beginning of the war. The president tweeted that the Oscars "are a symbol of faith in our nation's victory."

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Penn, who has been involved in several international humanitarian and anti-war efforts over the years, told Zelensky that every time he leaves Ukraine "I feel like a traitor."

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"But if I know it's here with you I'll feel better and stronger for the fight," said Penn as he pulled the statue out of a black bag and placed it on a table in front of Zelensky.

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“When you win, bring it back to Malibu. Because I love knowing that there is a piece of me here.”

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Zelensky was at first hesitant to accept the idol, then quipped: "We have to win, quickly."

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It was unclear when the encounter took place or when Oscar Penn left behind: Penn has won two Best Actor Academy Awards for "Mystic River" in 2003 and "Milk" in 2008.

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Penn was one of the first people to visit Ukraine after Russian troops left the country, and he is working on a documentary about the invasion.

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During their meeting, Zelensky presented Penn with an award, the Ukrainian Order of Merit, given to citizens for outstanding achievements in economics, science, culture, or military or political activity.

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