Actor and documentary filmmaker Sean Penn appeared on Hannity on Tuesday to recount his time spent on the bottom in Ukraine through the Russian invasion. Penn, who had beforehand traveled there final fall to movie a documentary in regards to the Ukraine-Russia battle, additionally detailed aid efforts he’s overseeing via his non-profit group.
The prolonged dialogue between two Seans who don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot was respectful, with Penn acknowledging from the outset that regardless of his reservations about Hannity’s trustworthiness, he might attain lots of viewers with what he needed to say.
Early within the interview, Hannity questioned Penn about his encounter with President Volodymyr Zelensky because the battle was taking form. “Did he see this coming? Did he imagine that this was actual?” the Fox Information host requested.
Penn recounted that after a covid-related delay, taking pictures for the documentary started in November, at which level “we went to Mariupol on the entrance traces.” As Russia continued to mass troops at its border, Penn mentioned it was exhausting to get entry to the administration. When February got here round, “then this factor actually escalated.”
Penn defined: “So then we went – I believe we acquired there roughly per week earlier than the invasion, and we met him. I met him face-to-face for the primary time the day earlier than the invasion, after which hung out with him, which we doc within the movie through the invasion – on the day of the invasion. I don’t know that there’s an individual on earth who might know that they had been born for such a day, that they may rise to it. So I noticed–”
At this level Hannity requested Penn to make clear when this assembly occurred, to which Penn responded that it was the identical time Russian forces had been attacking Hostomel Airport, about 20 miles exterior Kyiv. (Ukrainian resistance there proved fairly robust, and the touchdown strips ended up changing into too broken for Russian forces to make use of.)
“So – in [Zelensky] I noticed one thing that I’ve by no means seen earlier than in my lifetime that – like I mentioned, having seen him, sure, ready for it. Sure, hoping towards hope that it could not occur. However a person who had not but been challenged with: ‘It’s taking place.’”
“The subsequent day I noticed…the face of one thing that you just see in all the Ukrainians that we noticed and talked to, whether or not they’re in uniform, out of uniform, faculty lecturers, even kids,” Penn recalled. “This extraordinary braveness that has come up. It was in his eyes. And it’s clear to me that the Ukrainians will win this. The query is at what value.”
Zelensky, who has accused Russia of committing “genocide” in his nation, lately toured the newly liberated city of Bucha, the place scenes of the battle’s merciless and grotesque penalties are plentiful.