Sean Penn has a message for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ahead of the 2022 Oscars.
The actor, who is currently filming a documentary about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, March 26, in which he shared his thoughts on the rumours that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would make a virtual appearance at the awards ceremony. Zelenskyy was an actor before turning to politics, and starred as the fictional president of his country on the sitcom Servant of the People before he took office in real life.
Penn, who took home the awards for Best Actor for the films Mystic River and Milk, told Acosta that the Oscars must have Zelenskyy on the program — otherwise, viewers and guests should boycott the ceremony.
“If it turns out to be what is happening, I would encourage everyone involved, though it may be their moment, and I understand that, to celebrate their films, it is so much more importantly their moment to shine, and to protest and to boycott that Academy Awards. I myself, if it comes back to it, when I return, I will smelt mine in public,” Penn said. “I pray that’s not what happened. I pray there have not been arrogant people who consider themselves representatives of the greater good who have decided not to check in with leadership in Ukraine. So I’m going to hope that’s not what happened, and I hope everyone walks out if it is.”
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