Hollywood leftist Sean Penn puts celeb boots on the ground in Ukraine for invasion documentary

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With hostilities breaking out in Ukraine after Russia launched its blitzkrieg invasion of the country, there is celebrity star power with boots on the ground with Sean Penn collecting footage for his documentary on the Russian onslaught.

Penn, who is reportedly making the film for Vice Studios, “last visited Ukraine in November 2021 and started preparing for his documentary by visiting with the country’s military. Photos of Penn’s November trip were released at the time by the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service,” according to Variety.

The 61-year-old actor/director arrived back in the war-torn country on Thursday and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a morale booster that was posted about on Facebook.

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“Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack. The more such people, true friends of Ukraine, who support the fight for freedom, the sooner it will be possible to stop the massive attack on Russia,” the post said.

“The director has already arrived in Ukraine in November 2021. Within the framework of the preparation of the documentary, he visited the Priazov and talked with the Ukrainian military.”

On Tuesday, before Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s dramatic escalation, Penn schmoozed with Ukrainian presidential adviser Alexander Rodnyansky who posted the lighthearted moment to Twitter.

“On a slightly more positive note today in spite of the political and military situation: Exciting, fun and captivating conversation over dinner with @SeanPenn, who came to #Kyiv at this critical moment. #StandWithUkraine,” Rodnyansky wrote.

Fans shared images of Penn on social media.

Penn’s journey into the belly of the beast is another danger-soaked endeavor for the Hollywood leftist. In 2015, he traveled to Mexico where he sat down with the murderous drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, who is more widely known as “El Chapo,” where he conducted an interview that earned him both praise and criticism, a sit-down that was documented in an article for Rolling Stone magazine.

Twitter users reacted to Penn’s new role as a live-action war correspondent, praising him for his heroism.

Others weren’t as charitable.

One wiseacre tweeted, “Sean Penn can fix Ukraine. His dad’s a TV Repairman, he’s got this ultimate set of tools. He can fix it,” a reference to the actor’s early role as stoned-out surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the 1982 comedy that launched his career.

During his long career, Penn has appeared in over 50 films as well as television and, in the 1980s, was regularly featured in tabloid headlines for his marriage to pop icon Madonna, a turbulent relationship that unsurprisingly ended in divorce.

Penn has compiled an extensive body of work with much of it receiving critical acclaim, especially his star turn as slain homosexual activist Harvey Milk which scored him a Best Actor Oscar in 2008. He also brought home the hardware for his 2003 role as the grieving father of a murder victim in director Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” a big-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane.

With his already substantial cred with the left for his trashing of Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump as well as his portrayal of Milk, Penn’s great Ukrainian adventure will have liberals swooning.


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