Sean Penn gave Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy one of his Oscar statuettes during a recent meeting.
During a recent visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the Hollywood actor gifted Zelenskyy one of his two Oscar trophies, according to a video shared by Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the minister of internal affairs of Ukraine.
"This is for you. It's just a symbolic silly thing, but if I know this is here with you then I'll feel better and strong enough for the fights," Penn told Zelenskyy in the video. "When you win, bring it back to Malibu, because I'll feel much better knowing there's a piece of me here."
In return, Zelenskyy presented Penn with Ukraine's Order of Merit honour for his "sincere support and significant contribution to the popularisation of Ukraine in the world".
Standing by a commemorative plaque bearing his name, the 62-year-old said, "There are three places in the world that all my pride of my life will be - the place where my daughter was born, the place where my son was born and this. Thank you."
The Milk actor has visited Zelenskyy several times since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. He was on the ground in the country making a documentary for Vice Studios when Russia launched its attack and he subsequently fled the nation with his crew.
Penn won the Best Actor Oscar for 2003's Mystic River and 2008's Milk.